Canada wins both Technical Duet and Highlight routine events at the Super Final
The Canadian artistic swimming athletes continue to shine at the 2021 FINA Artistic Swimming Super Final winning both the Technical Duet and the Highlight routine event. Today’s session of the Super Final of the 2021 Artistic Swimming World Series, hosted by the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation at the Piscina Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, began with a speech by FINA’s new President Mr. Husain Al-Musallam. The presence of the FINA President, the president of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, Mr. Fernando Carpena, and FINA Bureau member Mr. Antonio Silva added to the excitement of a live competition.
Jacqueline Simoneau and Claudia Holzner won Canada’s first gold medal of the day in the Technical Duet event, in which twenty-one pairs competed. Simoneau and Holzner, were awarded 90.5040 for their “Let’s Dance” routine that was choreographed to the song “BaDinga” by TWRK. The mandatory elements were strong, but the routine still had fun acrobatic moves in line with the theme of the routine. This win will add another 50 points to Canada’s final ranking in the 2021 ASWS. The silver medal was awarded to Belarus’s duet, Vasilina Khandoshka and Daria Kulagina for their “Can Can” Technical routine swum to music composed by Jacques Offenbach with 87.6593 points. The bronze medal of the duet event was awarded to the twin sisters representing the Netherlands, Bregje and Noortje de Brouwer. The de Brouwer sisters scored 87.5620 for their Technical routine choreographed to the song Torn by Nathan Lanier and appropriately themed “Bringing back our dreams”.
To be competing here in Barcelona, in these very difficult and challenging times, that alone is a victory. Many things can be said for the performances of the Duet routines performed today, however, one thing is for sure, the sport of Artistic Swimming is developing rapidly, and athletes are showing dramatic improvements in their results. The Artistic Swimming Community is showing its resilience and strength. All athletes can be proud and satisfied that their hard work and sacrifices are appreciated and noted by the judges and have resulted in significant increases in scores for many of the competitors.
Canada won its second gold medal today, their third for the Super Final, in the Highlight routine event. Their routine “Power of the new generation” choreographed to the song Borneo by Wolfgang Gartner and Aero Chors was an energetic, fast moving, exciting routine from start to finish. There were many risky moves that were beautifully executed leaving the audience mesmerized. For their acrobatic powerful performance Canada received 89.8000 and the gold medal. The team from Hungary claimed the silver medal in the Highlight with 76.4332. Swimming to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding out for a Hero”, the Hungarian performed their entertaining routine “Retro dance”.
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The final day of the 2021 Artistic Swimming World Series Super Final in Barcelona will conclude tomorrow starting at 3:00 pm (GSM +2)
15:00 Free Duet
18:00 Mixed Free Duet
18:45 Mixed Combo
19:30 Gala (virtual)