|Canada makes a brilliant come back on the top step of the podium|
Montreal, November 27, 2009 – Recognized for its creativity, the Canadian Synchronised Swimming Team lived up to its reputation and had a strong start at the 4th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy. The team and the duet finished first, Friday night, in Montreal. Canada is sitting on first rank in a team event for the first time since the 1986 FINA World Aquatic Championship, as well as in a duet event since the 1988 Olympic Games.
The Canadian squad performed for the first time for its fans in Montreal since the 2005 FINA World Aquatic Championships. Cheered on by the crowd, Canada has conquered the first rank in the highlight team event.
In this event presented for the first time in a FINA competition, the 12 Canadians swam with energy on the « Rock Craziness » thematic and were awarded 98.333 points, including two 9.9 marks. Russia sits on the second rank with 97.33 points and the People’s Republic of China on third rank with 96 points.
«This is the first time that I experience this in all my career » said Canadian Team head coach Denise Sauvé about the two 9.9 marks.
“Right after we started walking on the deck, we felt that the energy was there”, said Team Canada captain, Ève Lamoureux.
Three others 9.9 marks for the duet
Cheered on by the 10 other Canadian Team members sporting Nordiques and Canadiens jerseys, the duet swam with hockey sticks and a puck in the water. They earned three other 9.9 marks for a total of 98.667 points. Last summer in Rome, Boudreau-Gagnon and Isaac took the 4th position in the free duet event at the 2009 FINA World Aquatic Championships.
The Canadians came before the Russian duet -- Natalia Ischenko, gold medalist in the free solo event in Rome in 2009, and Svetlana Romashina -- that earned 97.667 points, and the Spain duet composed of Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes with 97.333 points
« The feeling here was awesome », said Chloé Isaac, silver medalist in the solo event and bronze medalist in the duet event at the 2008 FINA World Junior Championships.
Tomorrow : free solo and thematic team
Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon, bronze medalist at the free solo event at the 2009 FINA World Aquatic Championships, will represent Canada at this event, Saturday. She will demonstrate all of her power, height and rotations in a routine based on the changes of rhythm and in her intense interpretation of the music.
Eight Canadian team members will perform the Thematic team event, on the thematic of America, a nod to the North American imagery for the first edition of the FINA World Trophy in North America. During this extremely dynamic and fast routine, the Canadian representatives will use many accessories, a unique aspect of the FINA World Trophy.
Tickets are still available for $30 for adults and $15 for youth 16 and under. They can be purchased on-line at Synchro Canada’s official website (www.synchro.ca) or directly at the door, an hour prior to the event. The full schedule is also available on-line.
About the 4th FINA World Trophy
About Synchro Canada
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Note: pictures available at http://www.dermotcleary.com/ (FINA World Trophy section)