|Canada wins team gold at German Open synchronized swimming competition|
BONN, Germany – Canada won the gold medal in the team free routine event on Sunday performing its popular Chinese Astrology program for the last time at the German Open synchronized swimming competition.
The eight-member Canadian squad totalled 91.5375 points with France in second at 88.9125 and Greece third at 87.5625. The Canadian team members were Camille Bowness, Audrey Houle, Marie-Lou Morin and Catherine Powell, all of Montreal, Cassidy Nicol-Beaver of Westwold, B.C., Geneviève Bélanger of Laval, Que., Claire Friesen of Calgary, and Sandy Gill of Coquitlam, B.C.
"We had a big day," said Houle, the captain of the routine. "We had great team spirit throughout our performance and that allowed us to stay focused and consistent throughout our routine. It was a bit nostalgic doing this piece for the last time. The girls really wanted to send it off with a gold medal."
The Chinese Astrology theme was put together for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and performed again at last year’s world championships.
"We are extremely pleased with our performance," said Canadian national team coach Julie Sauvé. "To finish three points ahead of the second place team was very impressive. It showed our power and endurance was a notch above the rest. For me it’s not a sad feeling seeing this routine performed for the last time. I’m really excited about showing our new routine that we are currently preparing for this season."
On Saturday Canada also won the gold medal in the combo event with Bowness, Houle, Morin, Powell, Nicol-Beaver, Bélanger, Friesen, Gill, Lisa Mikelberg of Montreal and Marie Rondeau of Quebec City.