WATERLOO, Ont. – Nova, from St-Hubert, Que., won the free skate on Saturday to take the gold medal in senior competition at the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

Nova earned 231.35 points to upset two-time defending champions Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., second at 226.69. Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., were third at 220.07.

“It’s hard to express what we feel right now,” said Tessa Sarret of Nova. “We’re very proud with what we’ve accomplished.”

The senior teams for the world championships, set for April 12-14 in Helsinki, will be announced by Skate Canada on Sunday morning.

In junior competition, Les Suprêmes were the victors for the third straight year with 184.57. Nexxice won the free skate but remained second at 178.79 and Nova hung onto third by less than a point with 144.69.

“That was our highest score of the season,” said Alessia Hart-Lewis of Les Suprêmes. “We are super proud about that because we have been training so hard. We really made the program come alive.”

Nexxice won the gold medal in the intermediate division with 122.73 followed by les Rytmiks de Lanaudière from Mascouche, Que., at 116.77 and Meraki from Toronto at 115.13.

“It was amazing,” said Nexxice skater Jessica Sawyer. “We felt we put out all the elements that we wanted too and we demonstrated all the hard work we put into this season in this skate.”

Nexxice also leads the Open competition after the first of two free programs with 97.19. Les Suprêmes are second at 92.31 and Les Pirouettes from Laval, Que., are third at 85.78.

In novice competition after the first of two free programs, Les Suprêmes are first at 67.58, Nova is second at 65.16 and Gold Ice from Brampton, Ont., third at 63.79.

“We gave it our all,” said Suprêmes skater Alexandra Bourdage. “There was a lot of energy in our program and a lot of quality skating.”

Competition ends Sunday at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Full results: https://sc3staging.skatecanada.ca/2019-skate-canada-synchronized-skating-championships/