|Canada’s Emilia Kopcik wins solo bronze at world junior synchronized swimming championships|
INDIANAPOLIS – Emilia Kopcik of Surrey, B.C., won the bronze medal on Sunday in the solo event to conclude the world junior synchronized swimming championships.
Vlada Chigireva of Russia took the gold with 171.578 points, Lolita Ananasova of Ukraine was second at 166.708 and Kopcik remained third at 165.277 interpreting a routine to the musical Chicago.
Kopcik was involved in all three Canadian medals. On Saturday she was third with Rachel Fréchette of Deux-Montagnes, Que., in the duet and third in the team competition.
"The final was much more enjoyable than my preliminaries," said Kopcik, 17. "The prelims were physically hard but today I just felt better. I could feel the emotion of the routine and I felt I had a lot of power."
In the team combo competition, Russia completed a golden sweep of all four events finishing first at 91.840. Ukraine was second at 90.250 and China third at 89.710. The Canadians followed at 89.410 with a routine call Street Dancing.
The Canadian swimmers were Kopcik, Gabriella Brisson of Calgary, Sarah Brunin-Brouillette of Laval, Que., Gabrielle Cardinal of St-Lambert, Que., Catherine Dee of Laval, Que., Annabelle Frappier of Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., Rachel Kowalski of Kitchener, Ont., Rebecca Maule of Guelph, Ont., Camille Thuot of Montreal and Braley Traub of Irricana, Alta.
"We put up a good fight," said Maule. "We didn’t get a good draw by going early in the final. That’s always a challenge but we knew this was our last swim of the competition and we wanted to give it our all. We’ve been practicing this routine since May and the team really worked well together."