ROUEN, France – Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., are on track for a second international medal this season after placing third in Friday’s short program at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.
Marigold from Russia is first with 79.35 points, Rockettes from Finland are second at 78.12 and les Suprêmes follow at 77.27. Back in November, les Suprêmes took the bronze at the California Cup in Irvine.
Skating for the Suprêmes on Friday were: Jessica Allaire, Rebecca Allaire, Karianne Bégin, Julia Bernardo, Loriana Cocca, Marie-Ève Comtois, Ariane Conn, Laurie Désilets, Olivia Di Giandomenico, Lisanne Foley, Peter Gerome, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Giulia Hart-Lewis, Grace Carol LeTouzel, Dana Malowany, Agathe Merlier, Andréanne Paradis, Martha Pietrasik and Alessia Polletta.
“We’re super happy about our scores,” said Désilets. “It was not perfect but we felt we brought the public into our world and displayed how important it is to work as a team. We hope to do the same in the free which will about the environment. It’s something we believe in and we want to bring everybody with us.”
Canada’s two entries in the junior event are also in the medal chase ranking fourth and fifth in Friday’s short program.
In the junior competition, Junost from Russia is first with 68.99, Dream Edges from Finland are second at 68.14 followed by another Finnish entry, Musketeers, in third at 66.40.
Les Suprêmes juniors are in fourth spot at 65.15 and Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., follow in fifth at 62.73. There are 14 teams entered. Both Canadian teams are tuning up for the world junior championships later this winter.
Skating for les Suprêmes are Jade Deschênes, Solène Aymard, Émilie Beaucage, Julia Caponi, Alona Chabalin-Zea, Alice Cormier, Thea Dimbu, Natasha Gligorijevic, Victoria Gligorijevic, Charlotte Grutter, Josephine Kawa, Astrid Kumpulainen, Audrey-Ann Lajeunesse, Audrey Landrey, Mia Lasalle, Olivia Ronca, Simona Ronca, Lauren Santori, Frédérique Savard and Sara Squalli.
“We really enjoyed our skate,” said Deschênes. “There was a great atmosphere here and we are excited about being in France to perform our programs. We can’t wait to show our Matrix free program to the audience. It is something totally different from today.”
The Nexxice skaters are Christina Au, Ninna Blom, Savana Bosco, Kayleigh Cheung, Avery Clark, Alice Douplik, Vasiliki Victoria Kiriakou, Cassandra Leung, Natalie Leung, Kathryn Malott, Abbey McMurray, Victoria Morgado, Noora Naatsaari, Mya Napier, Matilda Nilsson, Miriam Pedrozo, Lauren Pollack, Beatrice Sassi and Angela Yang.
“In practice we’ve been working on improving our focus, the elements and the technical aspects of our skate,” said Napier. “For the most part today we achieved that.”
“It was an aggressive fierce skate,” added Clark. “When things didn’t go our way, we fought through it and tried our best to keep it together.”
The free programs are on Saturday.
Full results: French Cup