Beijing, December 14, 2014 – Canada returned to the podium for the first time in FINA World Trophythree years at the FINA World Team Trophy synchronized swimming competition on Sunday earning the bronze medal. It was Canada’s first top-three finish at the competition since earning a bronze in 2011.

Overall, China ranked first with a total 382.6665 points winning all four events. Russia finished second with 370.8335 and Canada followed at 362.8335.  

The Canadian team members were

Janelle Ball (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC)

Gabriella Brisson (Calgary, AB)

Annabelle Frappier (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC)

Sandy Gill (Coquitlam, BC)

Claudia Holzner (Calgary, AB)

Rebecca Maule (Guelph, ON)

Marie-Lou Morin (Montréal, QC)

Samantha Nealon (Morriston, ON)

Lisa Sanders (Gormley, ON)

Jacqueline Simoneau (Montréal, QC)

Karine Thomas (Gatineau, Qc)

“We are not totally disappointed with the overall result but we always would have liked to fare better’’, said Thomas. “Our preparation focused more on the artistic side and to enjoy ourselves. We are leaving here feeling good about our performances.”

Four events were held over the weekend to determine the top-three countries in the overall standings.

In the synchro highlight routine, China posted the top score at 95.8335 followed by Canada at 92.1670 and Russia at 92.0000.

In the free team routine, the Chinese topped the field again at 95.1665, Russia followed at 91.8335 and Canada took third at 89.6665.

In the free combination it was China, Russia and Spain with Canada fourth and in the thematic duet, China, Russia and Mexico were 1-2-3 with Canada seventh.

This was the 9th edition of the FINA World Trophy which is regarded as the most spectacular competition on the synchronized swimming international calendar.

The innovative competition allows athletes to use original costumes and accessories and some rules are relaxed to allow for increased engagement of the audience.


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.

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For information:

Stéphane Côté

Synchro Canada

Communications Coordinator

Email:  [email protected]

Cell.: (418) 420-2125