Budapest, HUN Emily Armstrong, from Toronto, ON, was the first Canadian to dive in at the 2018 World Junior Artistic Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Taking part in both the solo free and solo technical events, Emily delivered 3 solid performances against a very strong international field with competitors from 32 countries.

In the solo free preliminary session held in the morning, Emily swam to 6th place with a score of 85.5000, which secured her place in the top half of the draw for the evening’s final event. Swimming 8th in the final, Emily delivered a powerful performance and earned 85.9000 points, good for a 6th place finish.

Russian sensation Varvara Subbotina, who also won the event 2 years ago in Kazan and is, at 17 years old, the current Russian senior soloist, won gold with 93.5667. Marta Fiedina from Ukraine was second and Mana Fujiwara from Japan captured bronze.

In the solo technical event, Emily placed 8th with a score of 83.7689. Subbotina, Fiedina and Fujiwara repeated as gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Held at Duna Arena, a 5000-seat venue built specifically for the FINA World Championships held in Budapest last year, the 2018 Junior World Artistic Swimming Championships will resume tomorrow with the presentation of the duet events. Emily Armstrong will be joined by duet partner Paige Hopper from Calgary, AB, for the free duet (alternate: Mikaëlle Gauthier) and the technical duet (alternate: Catherine Barrett).

Schedule – July 19, 2018

Duet Free – Prelims 10am local (4am EDT)
Duet Tech – Final 1pm local (7am EDT)
Duet Free – Final 7:30pm local (1:30pm EDT)

For all Canadian schedules, start lists, results and links to live stream, please visit the event page on

For additional information about Junior World Championships, visit FINA’s website.