Canada fifth in team tech at FINA World Championships


Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 22, 2013, Barcelona (ISN) – Canada placed fifth in the team technical event on Monday in synchronized swimming at the FINA World Championships.

Russia won the gold medal with 96.600 points, Spain was second at 94.400, Ukraine third at 93.300, Japan fourth at 92.200 and the Canadians performing a new routine called Army followed at 90.300 bettering their preliminary round score from Saturday by 0.2 points.

The Canadians swimmers were Annabelle Frappier of Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., Sandy Gill of Coquitlam, B.C., Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., Emilia Kopcik of Surrey, B.C., Marie-Lou Morin of Westmount, Que., Jacqueline Simoneau of Montreal and Stéphanie Leclair and Karine Thomas, both of Gatineau, Que.

”We felt we had a spectacular routine today,” said Thomas, the team captain. ”We improved a lot of aspects from the preliminaries and our energy level was much higher. We would like to place higher but for us this is a process towards hopefully winning a medal at the 2016 Olympics.”

In the solo free preliminary, Svetlana Romashina of Russia leads with 96.930 points, Xuechen Huang of China is second at 95.280 and Carbonell Ballestero of Spain third at 94.260. Isaac, performing to Me Voy (I Am Leaving) by Yasmin Levy, ranked sixth at 90.700.

“I’m happy on how Chloe swam,” said Meng Chen, Synchro Canada’s Senior National Team Head Coach. ”She did what we wanted from her. However, there is a lot of room for improvement for the final. I’m expecting her to show more emotion. She needs to better share how emotional is this routine about leaving a relationship. She also needs to better use the pool. But we are in the good direction.”

Isaac agreed she needs to put more polish in the routine.

”It was a very good start,” she said. ”But I need to show more definition on my extensions and acrobatics. I also need to execute some movements closer to the judges table to they can experience the emotions more.”

Competition continues Tuesday with the preliminaries for duet free and team free. The solo free final is Wednesday.