SANTIAGO, Chile – Chantal Singer of Toronto needed four tie-breakers to beat the world junior champion in women’s slalom on Wednesday at the Pan American water skiing championships.
The junior women’s slalom event turned into a battle between the 15-year-old Singer and Lauren Morgan of the U.S. In the final both skiers tied at one buoy at 12 metres and repeated the same score in the first three tie breakers. In the fourth, the American went up first and was unable to clear a buoy at the same length.
“I’ve never been through anything like that,” said Singer. “But I never felt any pressure throughout the tie breakers. I’ve competed so much that I just don’t get nervous. But I was determined to get the win.”
Ivanna Cuglievan of Peru was third. Melissa Long of Vancouver was seventh.
Both Singer and Long just missed the medal podium in the other two events. In tricks, Singer was fifth and Long sixth and in jump Long was fifth and Singer sixth.
In boys under-17, Jaret Bull of North Bay, Ont., won the silver medal scoring 2.5 buoys with a 12 metre rope. Santiago Robledo of Colombia took the gold with 3.00 at 11.25. Sanchez Ricardo of Mexico was third at 2.00 at 12 and Dustin Byrtus of Carp, Ont., fourth at 1.50 at 12.
“I was pretty disappointed not to get the win,” said Bull. “I felt really good going in but I messed up.”
Byrtus was also seventh in jump and tricks.
Canada also placed third as a team in junior competition. Colombia won the team title, the first time the U.S., or Canada wasn’t the team champion.
Mark Stevens of Morrisburg, Ont., was a standout in Masters competition with gold in jump and overall and silver medals in slalom and tricks. Jo-Anne Moore of Edmonton was fourth in all three events in women’s Masters competition.
“I was really pleased with my tournament,” said Stevens, a 52-year-old dentist, who has two daughters also competing here this week.
Competition continues through to Sunday with the under-21 and open classes. Canadians in under-21 are Janice Stevens and Karen Stevens, both of Morrisburg, Amanda Amos of Midland, Ont., and Stephen Collins of Toronto. World champion Whitney McClintock of Cambridge, Ont., competes in the open event.