|Canada champion of the 4th FINA World Trophy|
The Canadian Synchronised SwimmingTeam won the 4th FINA World Trophy title amongst the 10 best countries in the world gathered in Montreal this weekend. In 2008, Canada ranked fourth in the third edition of this competition held in Spain.
The total score accumulated during the five events of the competition allowed Canada to climb on the top of the podium ahead of Russia. The cumulative score for Canada was 491.666 points, followed by Russia with 491.333 points, and Spain with 485.666 points.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team », said Team Canada head coach Denise Sauvé. “The performances of our swimmers this week-end exceeded our expectations. They consolidate our comeback on the international scene, which is promising for the 2012 Olympic Games. Also, we cannot forget to mention the support of the local crowd who certainly contributed to the comeback on the top step of the podium. On behalf of the Canadian Team, thank you!”
“It’s really amazing”, said Team Canada’s Captain Ève Lamoureux. “With the Russian domination in the past years, we can see today that everything is possible. This first position is giving us even more confidence for competitions to come.”
Third position at the free combo event
Back on the top spot
Soloist Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon closed the gap with the world champion Natalia Ishchenko from Russia. She was sitting on the third rank at the 2009 FINA World Aquatic Championships, The free combo event team kept his third position won last summer in Rome.
The Canadian team also got perfect marks for the first time since the 1997 FINA World Cup after earning two marks of 10 at the thematic team routine, Saturday.
The 3-day competition concluded with a closing show directed by Sylvie Fréchette, Olympic gold medalist. With Samajam and Insolita, Sylvie Fréchette orchestrated a show where water, fire and percussions came together.
The Canadian team who took part at the 4th FINA World Trophy was directed by head coach Denise Sauvé and coaches Julie Sauvé, Kasia Kulesza and Meng Chen. The team included Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), Stéphanie Durocher (Repentigny, QC), Jo-Annie Fortin (Montréal, QC), Sandy Gill (Coquitlam, B.C.), Chloé Isaac (Brossard, QC), Emilia Kopcik (Surrey, B.C.), Stéphanie Leclair (Gatineau, QC), Karine Thomas (Gatineau, QC), Valérie Welsh (Saint-Nicolas, QC), Erin Wilson (North York, ON), Ève Lamoureux (Montréal, QC) and Marie-Lou Morin (Montréal, QC).
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Results: free combo