Strong start for Quebec’s synchronized swimmers

Halifax, February 22, 2011 – Quebec dominated the first day of synchronized swimming competitions at the 2011 Canada Games.

In the solo event, Jacqueline Simoneau led the competition after the preliminaries with 84.650 points. Her teammate, Anne-Marie Chouinard, took second place with 79.233 points followed by Ontario’s Alina Ryssina with 77.334 points.

In the Canada Games synchronized swimming event, the two representatives from each province compete in two distinct finals. The top placing athlete competes in the A final, which is the only medal round.

Earlier this morning, 103 athletes took part in the figures event.

Eight of Quebec’s 10 representatives were selected among the top ten. Once again, Jacqueline Simoneau dominated the event with a score of 74.985 points. Her teammates, Laura Dee and Anne-Marie-Chouinard finished second and third.

Alberta’s Kaylene Scheil (5th) and Zoe Frost from Ontario (8th) were the only athletes from outside of Quebec to make the top ten.

One after another, each swimmer executed four figures before a panel of judges. Although medals are not awarded for this event, it is very important for the rest of the competition as 50% of the figures score is combined with 50% of the score awarded for the routines to determine a cumulative ranking score.

Competitions will continue tomorrow with the duet and team events.

Schedule for Wednesday, February 23

9:25am – 11:50am      Duet preliminaries

4:30pm – 5:30pm       Opening ceremonies

6:25pm – 8:00pm       Team preliminaries

About Synchro Canada

Synchro Canada is the national organization that governs synchronized swimming in Canada and that represents more than 130 clubs and 12 000 members all across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing body of aquatic sports, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence through the development of athletes and synchronized swimming ambassadors at all levels Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors and partners: Sport Canada, Own the Podium, B2Ten, the Montreal National Multi-Sport Centre, and its official providers:

Official partners: Epiderma Program partners: Sport Canada, Own the Podiu, B2Ten, Centre national multisport-Montréal Official suppliers: Speedo, AdUp, MKI Travel, National Car Rental.

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