5:30 p.m., May 26)
captures club title at provincial tier championships
By Fred Sherwin
of Gloucester Synchro's Tier 6 Open team pose for a picture with the championship
trophy after winning the gold medal at the Ontario Tier Championships on
Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Synchro Club capitalized on several strong team and individual performances
on the weekend to capture their first Ontario Tier synchronized swimming
aggregate championship since 2003.
Gold medal showings
by the club's Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 6 teams, along with a trio of gold
and silver medals in the solo championship and figure events, combined to
give Gloucester Synchro the overall club championship.
The Tier 2 squad
kick-started the charge to the aggregate title on Sunday with a second place
performance in the championship round.
The team consists
of Leena Barisa, Sophie Chartrand, Chloe Cook, Margaux McCunn, Amy Parker,
Melanie Robichaud, Mikhaela Shattler and Rachel Walthert, along with co-coaches
Genna McBain and Sarah Simoneau.
Tier 3 squad followed up on their teammates' success with the club's first
gold medal of the day in an incredibly deep field of 20 teams, and they
did so after having to completely change their program following the departure
of a team member in March.
the girls had to leave after regionals for personal reasons so we had to
change every single pattern and adjust the highlights," said Tier 3
co-coach Caroline Demers.
have been incredibly resilient. They're very determined and very motivated.
They never gave up and they never complained. They just wanted to know what
they could do better," added Demers' coaching partner Meghan Weber.
The Tier 3 team
consists of Kristina Anagnosti, Kaitlyn Hoey, Alexa Schryer, Brenna Winter,
Allison Courtney, Mariel Kaine and Amy Wilcox.
Tier 3 gold medal swim, the Tier 4 team of Emily Atwood, Gabrielle Brosseau,
Madeline Kein, Melissa Marchand, Sophia Brandt, Casey Gervais, Leanne Lovsin
and Adrianna Sorgo placed third among 12 other teams to pick up a bronze
medal and set the stage for the club's two Tier 6 squads who swam in the
final event of the meet.
Both Tier 6 teams
were using the provincial championships as tune-up for the Canadian Espoir
Championships which will take place in Toronto in two weeks.
On the face of
their gold medal swim on Sunday, the Tier 6 Open team is perfectly primed
for the national championships, although their coach Tara Hawkins says there
is still room for improvement.
had a really good swim. The energy level was great. The performance was
great, but our synchronicity was a little bit off," said Hawkins following
This is the first
year that Luba Chabursky, Marlene Haines, Genevieve Dunn, Emma Hutton, Megan
Smallwood, Emma Yoxon, Sara Ogilvie, Katie Walker-Byron and Emilie Young
have swum together as a team. Some of the girls have been with Gloucester
Synchro for several years, while a couple of the girls come from other clubs.
While the group
will be in tough at the Espoir Championships, Hawkins says they have an
outside shot at a medal.
to be a tough competition. There are going to be 24 other teams there, but
if we have a really good swim we'll have a good chance of doing well,"
Two members of
the Tier 6 Open team picked up medals in the solo part of the competition
earlier in the weekend, starting with Megan Smallwood who won a gold medal
in the Tier 6 figures event on Friday.
been with Gloucester Synchro for the past eight years. This is the first
year that she has competed in figures.
"I was pretty
consistent all the way through, so I sort of knew I was going to do well,"
said Smallwood, 17, who didn't know how well she had done until the final
marks were announced. "It was very exciting."
Luba Charbursky, who's also 17, bounced back from a third place performance
in the figures portion of the solo event on Saturday to score the top mark
in the free routine which was good enough to earn her the silver medal.
Like Smallwood, it was her first time competing in a solo event at provincials.
pretty good. I just told myself to push hard and don't stop 'till the end,"
Open team managed to capture gold in the Tier 6 event, it was the Tier 6
15-and under team made up of Perrin Bryson, Stephanie Madeira, Celeste Chevrier,
Marie-Eve Sabourin, Jilian Wakarchuk, Amelie Proulx, Madeline Walker-Byron
and Pamela Schroeder, that put the Gloucester Synchro club over the top
in the chase for the aggregate title with a silver medal performance in
their championship routine.
In other results,
Emma Yoxon and Emma Hutton won individual gold medals in the Tier 7 solo
and figures events; Sophie Chartrand came second in the Tier 2 13-and-over
figures standings; and Leanne Lovsin and Melissa Marchand won a silver medal
in the Tier 4 duet event.
Last, but not
least, the Tier 1 team made up of Luella Antonin, Rhianon Davies, Alyx Denison,
Sarah Healy, Kendra Hoey, Katie Horner and Kiera Hughes hasd their best
swim of the season in finishing fifth.
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