BC ranks 3rd in Junior Duet event
The Synchro Canada 2016 Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships were held in Calgary at the Talisman Centre from April 27-30, 2016. More than 225 synchronized swimmers from Canada and the Americas competed. British Columbia attended with 37 athletes, 8 coaches, 3 judges and 4 clubs (BC Aquasonics, Burnaby Caprice, Vancouver Pacific Wave and Victoria Synchro).
Stefanie Dickinson (North Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Pacific Wave) finished 4th in Junior Figures.
In the Junior Duet event, Stefanie Dickinson (North Vancouver, BC) and Luiza Vasylyeva (Victoria, BC) from Vancouver Pacific Wave closed the gap from prelims to finals moving from fifth place to third to win the bronze medal with a Championship Score of 146.9570.
From the duet, Stephanie Dickinson said “We were very pleased with the way we performed in the finals and we are thrilled with reaching the national podium. After being 5th in prelims we needed one of our strongest performances of the year, and we did it!” Proud coaches, Kara Kalin and Tara Gant had this to say “Working with Stefanie and Luiza this season was not like any other year. With two girls from different clubs and similar technical strengths, we decided to challenge both athletes to aim for the podium at Nationals, with the end goal of a bronze medal! Luiza trains in Victoria, BC and Stefanie in Vancouver, approximately 115km apart. They trained 1-2 times per month together. They were responsible for sending weekly landrill videos, videos of run-throughs and communicating via group message in order to ensure we were all on the same page. The success of this duet proves that thinking outside the box not only brings podium results, but also allows two of BC’s top athletes the opportunity to achieve a podium finish. We are both so proud of the girls and all that they have accomplished.”
Kalin also mentioned “As Synchro BC’s Technical Director, I hope that other athletes have been inspired by Stefanie and Luiza and that BC can continue to aim and land on the podium!”
Not far behind in the rankings in prelims were Claire Hein-Salvi (Burnaby, BC) and Seray Sefayi (Surrey, BC) from Burnaby Caprice who placed 17th with a Championship Score of 135.7960 and Cameron Blades (Langley, BC) and Nancy Zhang (Surrey, BC) from BC Aquasonics who placed 20th with a Championship Score of 134.5377.
In the Junior Solo event, Luiza Vasylyeva (Victoria, BC – Vancouver Pacific Wave) placed 14th.
Vancouver Pacific Wave placed 5th and BC Aquasonics 8th in the Junior Team event. In the Free Combination event, Vancouver Pacific Wave placed 6th, Victoria Synchro 9th and Burnaby Caprice 10th. Emily Bennett (Victoria, BC – Victoria Synchro) placed 11th in the Senior Solo Free event.
Burnaby Caprice had this to say about their first team at the National level in many years. “It was great to see the teamwork and commitment from the team and coaches which resulted in a successful national stream team. Through hard work the team continued to improve throughout the season which resulted in the team’s best results in the Alberta meet. The team has also inspired other swimmers within the club to follow in their success.”
All results and archived video recordings of the competition are available at www.shiseidoopen2016.com