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Swimming - 07. March 2009.

Canadians continue to dominate at German Open


OTTAWAOn Day 2 of the German Open Canada extended its winning ways.


In her first competition against senior aged swimmers 17-year-old Chloe Isaac was rock solid finishing first overall in the Solo Free with a mark of 94.700.


Prior to the competition the Montreal, QC, resident admitted she was feeling a little nervous, but she displayed nerves of steel during her performance.


“She is such a natural performer,” said Canadian coach Julie Sauve. “She swam extremely well. Everyone is talking about her and seeing her potential for future success.”


Saturday’s events also included the Team Technical Routine, Team Free Routine Preliminaries and the Combo.


This was Canada’s National A Team’s first competition and for many athletes their first international competition experience.


The Team Technical routine had the theme of a male fashion show, while the Team Free routine was the very popular Chinese astrology that was choreographed for the 2008 Olympic Games. The Combo features an exciting, entertaining theme of dancing in the streets.


Canada finished second in Team Tech with a score of 92.000.


“This was a wonderful debut for this team,” said Canadian head coach Denise Sauve. “I am so proud of them. They performed with great intensity and kept their focus.”


Later in the day the team was back in the pool for the Team Free Preliminaries and by the end of their performance had impressed the judges enough to earn its second gold medal of the day with a score of 94.000.


“They swam their hearts out,” said Denise Sauve. “They were perfect. All their hard work really paid off.”


But the day didn’t end there.


Canada competed in the combo and was the last team to compete and their dancing in the street themed routine had the crowd on its feet.


With its great beat and entertaining tempo judges were hard pressed not to take notice and the marks reflected it as Canada finished second with an overall score of 94.300.


“This is a young team and I know they will really grow from this experience,” said Denise Sauve. “Everyone is talking about Canada right now. It’s really incredible and a wonderful opportunity for great exposure.”


The German Open features 20 countries and wraps up Sunday.


Sunday’s events include the Solo Free Routine Final, the Duet Free Routine Final and the Team Free Routine Final.


Countries competing at the German Open include Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Venezuela.


For a complete list of results please see http://www.synchro.ca/e/events/results.php


Athletes at the German Open

National A Team

Stéphanie Leclair

Stéphanie Durocher

Marie-Lou Morin

Catherine Powell

Gabrielle cardinal

Sandy Gill

Erin Willson

Claire Friesen

Lisa Mikelberg

Alice Rijer

Audrey Houle

Geneviève Bélanger

Jennifer Knobbs


Solo Tech – Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon

Solo Free – Chloe Isaac

Duet Free – Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon & Chloe Isaac

Duet Tech – Elise Marcotte & Tracy Little


Denise Sauvé- Head Coach

Julie Sauvé - Coach - Solos & Duets

Meng Chen- Assistant Coach

Khadija Cutcher - Apprentice Coach



John Pradier- Physiotherapist

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