Canadian synchronized swimming duet nominated for Rio 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas

On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Synchro Canada named the two athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in synchronized swimming at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The two athletes selected are Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas. They are coached by Meng Chen and Lyne Piché.

Jacqueline and Karine earned their spot for the 2016 Olympic Games at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games where they won a decisive gold medal in the duet event, dominating their closest competitors by more than 7 points. In Rio, they will take part in the duet competition which is comprised of a technical routine and a free routine, each counting for 50 per cent of the final score.

Jacqueline Simoneau, 19, is the youngest member of Canada’s Senior National Team. She has been paired with Karine Thomas, the last remaining athlete from the London 2012 Olympic team, since 2014. 

They have just returned from a training camp in Seoul, South Korea, which followed their participation in the Japan Open, in Tokyo, where they won a silver medal. They will keep training at Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Montreal until they leave for the US Open in Riverside, California, on July 15. A training camp in Florida will follow and ultimately lead them to Rio in August.

The Olympic synchronized swimming duet competition will take place at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, August 14-16, and features 3 phases: Free Routine Preliminary (August 14), Technical Routine (August 15), and Free Routine Final (August 16).

At Rio 2016, Canada will field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Synchro Canada is an organization that fosters the pursuit of excellence while developing athletes, citizens, and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at all levels. From its 1924 beginnings in Montreal, synchronized swimming has been actively pursued by more than 70 countries worldwide. Canada proudly ranks among the best of these nations.

The synchronized swimming team which will represent Canada at the Rio 2016 includes:

Athletes:
Jacqueline Simoneau, Montréal (St-Laurent), QC
Karine Thomas, Gatineau, QC

Coaches:
Head Coach - Meng Chen,    Beijing, China
Assistant Coach    - Lyne Piché, Boisbriand, QC

Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations.

Story and Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

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