Canadians stand third in solo and duet technical events at Brazil Open


Louis Daignault (ISN)

June 7, 2013, Rio de Janeiro (ISN) – Chloe Isaac of Brossard stands third in solo and Stéphanie Leclair and Karine Thomas of Gatineau are in the same position in duet after Friday’s technical routines at the Brazil Open synchronized swimming competition.

Canada has fielded its squad for next month’s FINA World Championships for this event.

In solo, Ona Carbonell of Spain is first at 93.750, Anna Voloshyna of Ukraine is second at 91.500 and Isaac is third at 88.875.

”As far as the performance went I thought it went very well,” said Isaac. ”I really duplicated the way I was swimming in training in terms of consistency. My height and spins in particular were much better than at my previous competition. Unfortunately the points are out of my control and now just need to look ahead to the final.”

In duet, Carbonell and Margalida Crespi hold the lead at 91.375, Lolita Ananasova and Voloshyna are second at 91.250 and Leclair and Thomas are third at 87.875.

”We felt very confident and relaxed and that showed in the pool,” said Thomas. ”Our elements were much improved and solid. Our goal now is to have a stronger finish to our program and show more energy.”

”We probably have never done this program better so it’s a big step for us,” added Leclair. ”There is still a lot to work ahead for the worlds but we came in ready for this competition.”

Competition continues Saturday with the solo final and technical team event.