Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 6, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (ISN) – Canada is in fourth place in the team event following Saturday’s technical routine in synchronized swimming action at the 2013 Summer Universiade.

Russia stands first with 96.700 points, Japan is second at 92.000, and the U.S. third at 86.800.

Canada fielding its national B team, is fourth at 83.000 with Janelle Ball (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC), Gabriella Brisson (Calgary, AB), Rachel Fréchette (Deux-Montagnes, QC), Caroline Larcher-Landry (Gatineau, QC), Rebecca Maule (Guelph, ON), Katie MacLeod (Pointe-Claire, QC), Samantha Nealon (Morriston, ON) and Lisa Sanders (Gormley, ON).

Team Russia, Japan and USA have at least four athletes who took part in the 2012 Olympic Games or 2012 Olympic Qualifier. Team Canada have three members who were part of Synchro Canada’s 2013 Junior National Team.

The team of eight athletes are interpreting the “Soccer” routine for the technical program and “Circus” for the free that were presented first by the Senior National Team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

”We focused on some elements that we had trouble with in practice and did them really well today,” said Fréchette, the team captain. ”This was a really big step for us.”

Sunday is an off-day, the team final is on Monday and the solo final, featuring Nealon who was sixth after Friday’s technical program, is on Tuesday. This is the first time synchronized swimming is an official sport at the Games.

Program partners: Sport Canada, Own The Podium, the Centre national multisport-Montréal

Official suppliers: Speedo, Knox Gelatine, AdUp, National Car Rental

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Official hotel: Hilton Hotels Canada

Official Charity Partner: Plan Canada’s Because I am A Girl Program

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