Andrée-Anne Côté had her first international competition at age 11 and joined the Canadian junior team in 2014. She finished sixth in the team event at back-to-back FINA Junior World Championships in 2014 and 2016.
Côté had a difficult time when joining the senior national team in 2016. She was homesick, having moved away to Montreal by herself, and started developing anxiety with thoughts about quitting artistic swimming entirely. But by reaching out for help, she regained her passion for the sport and life in general.
In 2017, Côté suffered a concussion that kept her out almost the entire season. She would be fit enough to compete in the FINA World Championships at the end of the year, helping Canada to a seventh-place finish in the team technical. She also won the Canadian junior duet title with Camille Fiola-Dion. She suffered her second concussion in 2018 but with the help of the medical team she only missed six weeks instead of an entire year and was able to make her first FINA World Series appearances. She then swam at the 2018 Pan American Championships, winning a gold in the duet technical and silver in the duet free with Claudia Holzner, while picking up two more team medals.
In 2019 she swam at all four FINA World Series stops, which included winning two gold medals in both the team free and team highlight. Canada would finish their season as the overall team winners at the FINA World Series Super Final. Côté had a career highlight at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, winning a gold medal in the team event to secure Canada’s spot in the event for Tokyo 2020.
A Little More About Andrée-Anne
Getting into the Sport: Started artistic swimming at age 6 with her older sister, despite knowing nothing about the sport… Started competing internationally at age 11… Her first ever solo routine was to the music of Mario Brothers… Outside Interests: Enjoys hiking, camping and going to the beach during the offseason… Studied natural sciences at Cégep Garneau… Odds and Ends: Collects hoodies from competitions… Follows as many sports as possible, finding inspiration in the stories of many athletes including Sidney Crosby, Tessa Virtue and Sylvie Fréchette… Favourite motto: Last one best one!…
Notable International Results
Pan American Games: 2019 - GOLD (team)
FINA World Championships: 2019 - 4th (team highlight), 7th (team technical), 7th (team free); 2017 - 7th (team technical)
FINA World Championships (junior): 2016 –6th (team); 2014 - 6th (team)
UANA Pan American Championships: 2018 - GOLD (duet technical), SILVER (duet free), SILVER (team free), BRONZE (team technical)
UANA Pan American Championships (junior): 2015 - GOLD (team), SILVER (individual); 2013 - BRONZE (U15 duet), SILVER (U15 team)