Canadian synchro swimmers ready for Universiade debut


June 11, 2013, Ottawa (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Synchro Canada, announced Tuesday the student-athletes who will represent Canada in synchronized swimming at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

It will mark the first-ever appearance for the sport at the world university games. The competition is set for July 5 to 9.

The Canadian roster is comprised of Janelle Ball of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., Geneviève Bélanger of Laval, Que., Gabriella Brisson of Calgary, Rachel Fréchette of Deux-Montagnes, Que., Caroline Larcher-Landry of Gatineau, Que., Rebecca Maule of Guelph, Ont., Katie MacLeod of Pointe-Claire, Que., Samantha Nealon of Morriston, Ont., Camille Rémillard of Terrebonne, Que., as well as Lisa Sanders of Gormley, Ont.

Nealon, a Concordia University student, is the only team member who will compete in solo events.

“For many of those athletes, the Summer Universiade will be their first major multisport international event,” said Meng Chen, Synchro Canada’s senior national team head coach.

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“Our athletes need to be in a competition simulation as often as possible to be able to progress in their personal sport development. There is no doubt in my mind that this experience with be beneficial for our athletes, those with less international experience and those with more who will be able to accompany their teammates, and for the long term development of our senior national team program.”