This past weekend the 2019 Edition of the Canadian University Artistic Swimming Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario at the Carleton University Pool. The 3 day competition was hosted by the University of Ottawa and McGill University.
The competition was fierce and over February 15-17 there was an incredible display of athleticism in the Raven’s Nest. Athletes from 13 universities across Canada participated to fight for their place at the top.
In the first final event of the weekend, Experienced Solo Finals, University of Ottawa’s Senior Carlie Cholette claimed her 3rd National title with 75.4333 points, edging out McGill University Freshman Maria Gheta who placed 2nd with 74.667 points. Gabrielle Cadotte from McGill University placed 3rd with 74.3667. Genevieve Peel from McGill University placed 4th with 72.8333 points, followed by University of Victoria’s Stefanie Dickinson with 69.7000 points. Rounding out the top 6 was Chloe Simpson from University of Guelph with 66.2333 points. Carlie Cholette, Maria Gheta, and Gabrielle Cadotte all qualified for Canada Artistic Swimming’s National Championships.
The next final was the Novice Duet/Trio Finals. Taking the top spot was University of Ottawa’s duet of Talia Cameron and Kaity Stewart, with 59.8733. In a very close second were exhibition athletes from London Synchro University Team, Paige Allen and Claire Devey, with 59.6917 points. Also taking second place was the McGill University Trio of Michely Chen, Baylie Daghofer-Hawes, and Palina Piankova, with 56.2050 points. In 3rd, University of British Columbia’s Natalie Hays and Valentina Madejska with 54.0533. The University of Victoria’s Carolina Limido and Jintia Ross-Van Mierlo took 4th place with 53.9833. McGill University’s Lorna Fernandez Ciruela, Megan Koster, and Carrie Rong took 5th place with 53.0550. And in 6th place, Université de Sherbrooke’s first ever novice entry in a national competition, Raphaelle Desourdy and Marianne Siino with 47.9400.
The remaining 4 finals were held on Sunday. The first final of the day was Novice Solo Finals. Taking the championship title was Talia Cameron from University of Ottawa with 60.2883 points. Also taking the top spot was Exhibition Athlete Clara Devey from London Synchro University Team with 60.3717 points. In second place was Page Allen from the London Synchro University Team with 60.2100 points. In third place from the University of British Columbia was Timothy Yaroshuk with 58.3733 points. From McGill University, Leah Birch placed 4th with 56.8550 points. in 5th was the Abigail Imbeault from Carleton University with 56.8383 points. The final ribbon for 6th place was awarded to Lauren Chia from McGill University with 56.7867.
The next final was the Experienced Duet Final. Taking the top spot in their first year competing in CUASL was Maria and Ioana Gheta from McGill University. They secured the championship title with 73.4500 points. In second, the University of British Columbia’s Katie Stirrat and Olivia Zawadiuk scored 71.1250. Taking the number 3 spot was Daniella Lato and Christine Horner with 68.2250. These three routines have qualified for Canada Artistic Swimming’s National Championship. In 4th place, Université de Sherbrooke’s Mariane Samson and Frederique Charland, with 67.9333 points. Taking 5th was Queen’s University’s Karen Batch and Claire Moura with 67.5167 points. Rounding out the top 6 was London Synchro University Team’s Emily Newton and Sarah Shelton with 66.9833 points.
The final Novice event of the competition was Novice Team. In first place and the recipients of the Novice Team Trophy is McGill University with 57.9117 points. Fighting for the top spot and not far behind was University of Ottawa with 56.6850 points. Securing 3rd with 54.0300 was the University of British Columbia. In 4th place was McMaster University with 52.5150 points. Not far behind was the University of Guelph with 51.9683 points. Taking 6th place was Trent University’s Purple Team in a close 51.450.
Rounding out the competition was the Experienced Team Finals, where 15 competitors took part in this intense event. Securing the National Title and John Drake Trophy for Top Team was McGill University’s White Team, with 73.5000 points. In their incredible fight for the top spot, University of Ottawa took second place with an strong performance and 73.0083 points. In 3rd and their first time on the podium in this event, was the University of British Columbia with 70.9417. These three teams all qualified for Canadian Artistic Swimming’s National Championships. University of Victoria took the 4th place spot with 69.7333. In 5th, the University of Toronto with a very close 69.1583 points. Rounding out the top 3 was University of Calgary with a strong 68.6167 points.
The first ever editions of the Top Overall Athlete were awarded at the banquet this year. In the novice category, University of Ottawa’s Talia Cameron took home the first edition for her incredible performances. This is her second year participating in artistic swimming. She placed first in Novice Duet, First in Novice Solo, and Second in Novice Team.
In the experienced category, Maria Gheta took home the Top Overall Experienced Athlete trophy. Her first year participating in the league, she took home the silver medal in Experienced Solo, and Gold in Experienced Duet and Experienced Team.
The Gerry Dubrule Trophy for Top Overall Team was awarded to McGill University for their incredible performances from 31 athletes over the course of the weekend. With 14 entries into the competition, the university held their own, securing the trophy with 65 points, ahead of University of Ottawa with 50 points, and UBC with 39 points. This is McGill’s 15th time taking home this trophy in the 18 years the league has been in existence.
The Anne Smeeton Award was awarded to McGill University’s Alicia Renaud, for her continuous support and dedication to the league.
This weekend saw an incredible array of skill, expertise, themes, and fun as we completed CUASL’s 2018-19 season. For a full list of results, visit our results page here: Results.
All routines will be posted on the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League’s Youtube Channel Here: Videos of Routines.