Louis Daignault (ISN)
July 5, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (ISN) – Samantha Nealon of Morriston, Ont., is in sixth place after the solo technical routine as synchronized swimming made its official debut at the Summer Universiade.
Svetlana Romashina of Russia, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the duet and team events, is first at 96.500; Olympian Yukiko Inui of Japan second at 92.100 and Linda Cerruti of Italy third at 88.300.
Four of the top-six competed in London last summer.
Nealon is performing two new routines at the Games. She scored 82.100. The final is on Tuesday.
“My performance was very consistent today,” she said. “I was happy with my swim and results and looking forward to my free routine.”
Nealon was a member of the Junior National Team in 2011 and 2012 and represented Canada at the 2012 FINA World Junior Championships.
Nealon is in the Child Studies program at Concordia University in Montreal.
Competition continues Saturday with the team technical event.
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