Halifax, February 23, 2011 – Quebec’s synchronized swimmers lead the rankings in all events following the preliminaries which came to an end today.
On the second day of competition, Quebec took the lead in the team rankings with 76.939 points, which includes the average scores of athletes in the figures and routine events. Ontario and Alberta follow with 74.127 and 73.903 points respectively.
Earlier in the day, the Quebec duo formed by Jacqueline Simoneau and Anne-Marie Chouinard performed a new routine which earned them first place with 78.075 points. Their teammates Laura Dee and Camille Rémillard are in second with 75.309 points, followed by Madison Allen and Kali Wong from Alberta with 73.769 points.
Tuesday, Quebec took first place in the solo event thanks to Jacqueline Simoneau’s routine.
“We had goals coming into this competition and so far we’ve reached them”, said Quebec head coach Nathalie Lagrange. “However, we expect more from our team in the final, including tighter formations and better synchronization.”
“Our team had a lot of energy today”, analyzed Alberta head coach Jennifer Tregale following the team event. “The girls performed some great routines and were technically sound. They had a job to do today and they did it. I am very proud of our athletes.”
The head coach of the Aquabelles Club in Calgary expects a bit more energy from her team in the finals as well as more emotion to win the crowd.
The finals start on Friday with the duo and team events after a rest day.