The Canadian Artistic Swim Team (previously known as synchronized swimming) had a rare opportunity to compete with the best of the world on home soil.
The Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre in Surrey, B.C. hosted the 2018 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, and the Canadian women walked away with six bronze medals — one for each event they competed in.
Canadian team captain Claudia Holzner was full of praise for the team.
“We are extremely happy,” she told FINA news. “This year, the team was not centralized like it had been in the years past. We’ve had to build an entire family in a short time and I think we’ve done a good job.”
Holzner is referring to the new format where national team athletes have been training primarily with their local clubs and convening for training camps.
The Canadians won bronze in the following events:
Technical Duet – Claudia Holzner and Jacqueline Simoneau
Solo Technical – Jacqueline Simoneau
Free Solo – Jacqueline Simoneau
Free Duet – Claudia Holzner and Jacqueline Simoneau
The 2018 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series was a five-day event and was the seventh stop out of eight in a whirlwind summer competition season for the best artistic swimmers in the world.
The event coincided with the 2018 Synchro Canada Open, an age group event featuring 11 to 15-year olds. The age group athletes had the chance to be inspired by the world-class competition. The Canadian team was on deck before the event began to meet with the younger swimmers and inspire!