Jacqueline Simoneau of Chambly, Quebec and Claudia Holzner of Calgary, Alberta were very successful at an Artistic Swimming World Series in Beijing, China this past weekend. Simoneau and Holzner teamed up to win the gold medal in the women’s duet technical and women’s duet free, and were part of the Canadian team that won the gold medal in the women’s team highlight and silver in the women’s team technical.
In the women’s duet technical on Saturday, Holzner and Simoneau won the gold medal with 87.7402 points. Laura and Charlotte Tremble of France won the silver medal with 85.6091 points.
In the women’s duet free on Monday, Holzner and Simoneau won the gold medal with 89.8667 points. Laura and Charlotte Tremble of France won the silver medal with 88.5667 points. Anna Nosova and Oleksandra Burdova of the Ukraine won the bronze medal with 85.3667 points. Holzmer and Simoneau reached the podium by 10.4667 points over Anastasiya Morozova and Anna Eltisheva of Uzbekistan, who finished in fourth place with 79.4 points.
In the women’s team technical, Simoneau and Holzner teamed up with Audrey Joly of St-Eustache, Quebec, Halle Pratt of Calgary, Alberta, Emily Armstrong of Toronto, Ontario, Rebecca Harrower of Edmonton, Alberta, Andree-Anne Cote of St-Georges, Quebec and Camille Fiola-Dion of Rimouski, Quebec. Team Canada’s second place score was 88 points. China won the gold medal with 93.0837 points. France won the bronze medal with 86.2652 points. Canada won the silver medal by 3.0569 points over fourth place Ukraine, who was in fourth place with 84.9431 points.
In the women’s team highlight, Holzner, Pratt, Fiola-Dion, Armstrong, Joly, Harrower, and Cote, along with Sion Ormond of Aurora, Ontario, Cassandra Winkelaar of Edmonton, Alberta and Jaiden Regnier of Mactaquac, New Brunswick beat France by 2.16667 points in a two-team competition. Canada had 89.1 points and France had 86.9333 points. The medals for Simoneau, Holzner. Joly, Pratt, Armstrong, Harrower, Cote, Fiola-Dion, Ormond, Regnier and Winkelaar should give them confidence in their attempt to make the Canadian Olympic team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.