|Canada fourth in team free competition at FINA World Aquatic Championships|
SHANGHAI- Canada came within a half point of a podium appearance in the team free competition in synchronized swimming action on Saturday at the FINA World Aquatic Championships and took fourth spot.
Russia completed a golden sweep of all seven synchro events this week earning 98.620 points. China was second at 96.580 and Spain third at 96.150. It was also a sixth gold medal for Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko.
Canada totalled 95.490 with Stephanie Durocher of Repentigny, Que., Jo-Annie Fortin of Montreal, Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., Stephanie Leclair and Karine Thomas, both of Gatineau, Que., Tracy Little of Pointe-Claire, Que., Elise Marcotte of l’Ancienne-Lorette, Que., and Valerie Welsh of St-Nicholas, Que.
‘’It was a nice performance,’’ said Marcotte. ‘’We are really excited about the upcoming Pan Am Games (in October) and the 2012 Olympic season. We were solid and showed Canada will be among the best teams next year.’’
Welsh said there are some areas Canada needs to improve while it is showing its strength in others.
‘’Definitely we made a big statement with our acrobatic maneuvers and choreography this week,’’ said Welsh. ‘’The areas we want to be better is showing more solidity throughout the program and also gaining more height on our lifts. Still this is a good way to end the competition. We are super proud.’’
Canada ended the synchro competition at the worlds with one bronze medal earned in the team combination event.
About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level. Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors:
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2011 FINA World Aquatic Championships section
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