Canada's Jacqueline Simoneau won her 6th Solo Gold medal this season, Italy won 2 gold medals on Day 2 of the Super Final in Barcelona, Spain
The first event of the day was the combined ASWS and Olympic Qualifying Tournament Free Team event. After winning the gold medal in the Technical Team event on the first day, Italy was awarded 93.2333 points and a second gold medal for their routine themed “Warriors” swum to the song “Final Fight” composed by Antongiulio Frulio. Italy optimally used their Free routine, to showcase their talents and strengths in this choreography which was loaded with Acrobatics and Hybrids.
The silver medal went to the Free routine themed “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution” performed by the Spanish Team. The fairly new choreography, performed for the first time at the 2021 European Championships where they won the silver medal, scored 92.3000 points.
The bronze medal, in a repeat of the podium finish in the Technical Team event, was won by Canada’s team for their “Triumph” routine, for which the Canadians received 90.4668 points. After two Team events, Spain leads the ASWS ranking followed by USA and Hungary. With two more Team events, the Combo and the Highlight routine, the final ranking for the ASWS Team events will likely change.
Next on the program was the Free Solo event. After winning gold in the Technical event, Canadian Jacqueline Simoneau added another gold to her collection, which now totals six for this 2021 ASWS. Simoneau received her highest score this season for her Free Solo routine, 92.100, once again proving her talent as a solo swimmer. This routine swum to music written by Michael Berger from a Canadian Rock Opera is another example of the artistry of Simoneau, who uses the music and choreography to draw you into her performances.
Anita Alvarez (USA)’s silver medal performance, “Confessions”, came from deep within her soul as she shared her message reflecting “how to love what you do” and “how to empower yourself”. Swimming to the song by Jessie J, Alvarez scored 88.1332. Spain’s Mireia Hernandez Luna scored 86.3668 for the bronze medal.
MALE SOLO FREE
Closing out the evening was the Male Solo event, in which Italy’s Giorgio Minisini won Italy’s second gold medal of the evening. Minisini chose the song “Hate me” by Blue October for his routine themed “How I see myself” which scored 88.8668 points. The performance was powerful, masculine, and showcased the importance of the inclusion of the males in the development of the sport.
The silver medal and 79.4668 points went to Spain’s Dennis Gonzalez Boneu. Gonzalez Boneu, a member of the Spain Junior National Team, already winner of this ASWS Super Final’s silver medal in the Technical Male Solo, choreographed this routine to the song “This is a man’s world” together with his Coach Paula Klamburg.
The 2021 Artistic Swimming World Series Super Final continues Saturday June 12th (all times GMT +2)
10:00 Duet Technical Preliminary (OQT and ASWS)
17:00 Duet Free Preliminary (OQT and ASWS)
18:55 Duet Technical ASWS Final
20:15 Highlight Routine Final
The final leg of the 2021 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, the Super Final, hosted by The Royal Spanish Swimming Federation continued at the Sant Jordi Piscina in Barcelona Spain. While the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, has been around since 2017, the Super Final leg originated in 2019. As the world was brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 circuit only saw the first leg, in Paris France. Despite all the challenges, FINA together with its Artistic Swimming leadership and hosts USA, Russia, Hungary, and Canada has been able to successfully organize four legs of the ASWS this year.
FINA has adapted the rules for the 2021 Super Final to allow all National Federations to participate and continue earning points towards the final ranking and prize monies. The only requirement to be eligible for the prize monies in the Solo, Duet, Mixed Duet and Team categories is the participation in at least two ASWS legs, including this Super Final in Barcelona, in 2021.