Feature Photo: Karine Thomas (left) and Jacqueline Simoneau competing at the 2015 Synchronized Swimming World Cup (Synchro Canada).
On Thursday, nine athletes were nominated to represent Canada in synchronized swimming at Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
As the reigning Pan Am champions in both the duet (technical and free) and team (technical and free) competitions, the Canadians will look to repeat their victory on home soil July 9-11 at the Pan Am Aquatics Centre.
Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium hosted the test trials for the Pan Am Games at the end of April.
In the duet competition, Olympian Karine Thomas will compete with the team’s youngest member, 18-year-old Jacqueline Simoneau. Thomas is the sole veteran of the group and only returning member from the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am gold medallist team. This will be the pair’s first time competing as a duet at the games, but they’ll look to defend the Pan Am title and earn a berth for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“Jackie and I are a strong and dynamic team,” said Thomas.” We are eager to prove ourselves amongst the best in the world in the lead-up to this summer’s FINA World Championships and beyond.”
In the team event, the final roster includes Gabriella Brisson, Annabelle Frappier, Claudia Holzner, Lisa Mikelberg, Marie-Lou Morin, Samantha Nealon, Lisa Sanders, Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas.
Synchronized swimming has won a total of 33 Pan Am games medals, including seven gold.