Canada fifth in team combo at FINA World Championships


Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 27, 2013, BARCELONA (ISN) – Canada earned its best result in synchronized swimming at the FINA World Championships on Saturday placing fifth in the team combo event.

Russia completed a gold medal sweep of all seven synchro events placing first at 97.060. Spain was second at 94.620 and Ukraine third at 93.350.

Japan scored 92.020 and Canada followed at 90.410. 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. The crowd jeered the judges when the marks were posted on Saturday.

”The crowd was incredible for us tonight,” said Morin, the team combo captain. ”We gave a great performance and got everyone into it. It’s such a great routine when it is executed like we did tonight.”

The team combo preliminaries were last Sunday, but the six-day gap wasn’t an issue for the Canadians.

”We have such a strong team that we can overcome something like that,” said Morin. ”It’s a routine we practiced so hard that everyone felt ready.”

Canada did not reach the podium at this year’s worlds in synchronized swimming.

”This is a new generation of Canadian swimmers and these worlds were about discovering our team in this setting,” said Synchro Canada’s national senior team coach Meng Chen. ”I have to say I was really pleased with how we performed. We have a lot of potential. We have to keep focus on our performances and continue to build our reputation towards 2016.”