Minto skater just short of Top 5

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:59 AM ET

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver is on the verge of a high five in her Skate Canada Junior Nationals debut.

The Minto Skating Club competitor placed sixth in yesterday's pre-novice short program at the PEPS Arena in Ste-Foy, Que.

She posted a score of 24.56 points, an improvement over her 23.31 short-program score at the Skate Canada Eastern Challenge in December.

There could be more good news today. Bergeron-Oliver is only 0.35 points back of fifth-place Karel DiBartolo of St-Hubert, Que., last year's national juvenile champion. Megan Ure of Alberta, currently holding the bronze-medal spot with 25.64 points, is also within range.

Also not far from the Top 5 are Emily Jamieson and Nathan Last of the Nepean Skating Club, who stand seventh after the pre-novice pairs short program with a 27.30 score. They're 0.75 points out of fifth, the placing they earned as juveniles at junior nationals in Ottawa a year ago.

Minto's David Leenen, another junior nationals first timer, stands ninth after last night's men's short program. All the pre-novice free skate finals are today.

In other events:

- Finals were held in four juvenile disciplines yesterday. Two local skaters were entered in the men's free skate final. Gatineau's Samuel Angers placed eighth, while William Wu of Nepean finished right behind him in ninth.

- Minto's Michelle Menard and Berlin Lafleche placed sixth in yesterday's juvenile rhythm dance. They were sixth overall.

- The Nepean club's Marci Hanson finished 12th among the juvenile women.


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