Isaac and Thomas sixth in duet tech at FINA World Championships


Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 21, 2013, Barcelona (ISN) – Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., and Karine Thomas of Gatineau, Que., placed sixth in the duet technical event on Sunday in synchronized swimming at the FINA World Championships.

Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia won the gold with 97.300 points. Tinting Jiang and Wenwen Jiang of China were second at 94.300 and Carbonell Ballestero and Margalida Crespi Jaume of Spain third at 93.800.

Isaac and Thomas, both 2012 Olympians, only had a month to prepare their program and were pleased with the performance.

”There are always challenges when you compete at this level and we are pleased with how we responded to this one,” said Thomas. ”Right from the start it clicked between us and we had great chemistry. We set goals each day in training and we did the same for today and achieved them.”

Synchro Canada’s Senior National Team Head Coach, Meng Chen says their showing bodes well for the future,

”After only one month of preparation, I’m happy with how they performed and represented Canada,” she said. ”We saw lot of potential in them. In one month, they did a great job.”

In the team combo preliminaries, Russia leads with 96.740 points, Spain is second at 94.040 and Ukraine third at 92.860. Japan is fourth at 91.590 and Canada follows in fifth at 91.280.

The Canadian swimmers were Camille Bowness of Beaconsfield, Que., Annabelle Frappier of Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., Sandy Gill of Coquitlam, B.C., Claudia Holzner of Calgary, Emilia Kopcik of Surrey, B.C., Lisa Mikelberg of Montreal, Marie-Lou Morin of Westmount, Que., Kaylene Scheil of Calgary, Jacqueline Simoneau of Montreal and Karine Thomas of Gatineau, Que.

Canada performed its routine to the music of Queen which earned it a bronze at the 2011 World Championships.

”This is the best we’ve done this routine all year,” said Morin, the combo team captain. ”The acrobatics were more defined and detailed. We are very close to fourth place. In the final we need to polish our lifts, keep our energy level high and use all of the pool.”

The combo team final is next Saturday.

Competition continues Monday with Isaac competing in the solo free preliminaries and the team technical final. Canada was fifth after Saturday’s team tech prelims.