Team Canada came away with two medals in events with Olympic status at the 2019 Artistic Swimming World Series event in Alexandroupolis, Greece on Sunday.Canada won a silver medal in the women’s team highlight competition and a bronze in the women duet free competition. Artistic swimming is the new term used for synchronized swimming.
In the women’s team highlight competition, the Canadian team was comprised of Audrey Joly of St-Eustache, Quebec, Halle Pratt and Claudia Holzner of Calgary, Alberta, Emily Armstrong of Toronto, Ontario, Jaiden Regnier of Mactaquac, New Brunswick, Rebecca Harrower and Cassie Winkelaar of Edmonton, Alberta, Jacqueline Simoneau of Chambly, Quebec, Andree-Anne Cote of St-Georges, Quebec and Camille Fiola-Dion of Rimouski, Quebec. Canada comprised a score of 89.3333 points. Ukraine won the gold medal with 93.333 points and Greece won the bronze medal with 84.5333 points.
Team Canada reached the podium by 5.8666 points over Israel. The Israelis finished in fourth place with a score of 83.4667 points.
In the women duet free competition, the Canadian team of Holzner and Simoneau won the bronze medal with a score of 89.1667 points. Ukraine’s Vladyslava Aleksiiva and Maryna Aleksiiva won the gold medal with a score of 92.8 points. Italy’s Costanza Ferro and Linda Cerruti won the silver medal with 90.1 points.
Holnzer and Simoneau reached the podium by 0.5334 points. Greece’s Evangelia Platanioti and Evegenia Papazoglu finished in fourth place with a score of 88.6333 points.
This was the second of nine FINA Artistic Swimming World Series events in 2019. Kazan, Russia will host the next event from April 19-21. The seventh Artistic Swimming World Series event will be in Quebec City from May 30 to June 1. The medals for Joly, Pratt, Holzner, Armstrong, Regnier, Harrower, Winkelaar, Simoneau, Cote and Fiola-Dion will give them confidence as they prepare to make the Canadian Olympic team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.