On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Synchro Canada announced the athletes nominated to represent Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games. The final roster was determined following a selection procedure that took place at Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence, its centralized training facility at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
The duet competitions (technical and free) and team competitions (technical and free) in synchronized swimming are scheduled for July 9-11 at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre. Canada is the reigning Pan Am Games champion in both the duet and team events, having captured gold at Guadalajara 2011.
The Canadian pair of Jacqueline Simoneau (Saint-Laurent, QC) and Karine Thomas (Gatineau, QC) will look to earn a berth for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning gold in the duet event. The talented combination is intriguing as it features Canada’s youngest team member, 18-year-old Simoneau, and Thomas, the only returning swimmer from the 2011 Pan Am Games and 2012 Olympic Games.
In the team competition, Canada will look to repeat as Pan Am champions by performing the technical and free routines that earned them high praise from the judges as they won gold at the beginning of the month at the Canadian Open Championships.
Synchronized swimming has been a part of the Pan American Games since the Games’ second edition in 1955 and Canada has always been successful at the event, having won a total of 33 medals, including 7 gold.
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “Home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
The synchronized swimming team members which will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games are:
Name / Hometown / Event
Gabriella Brisson / Calgary, AB / Team
Annabelle Frappier / Saint-Hyacinthe, QC / Team
Claudia Holzner / Calgary, AB / Team
Lisa Mikelberg / Montreal, QC / Team
Marie-Lou Morin / Westmount, QC / Team
Samantha Nealon / Morriston, ON / Team
Lisa Sanders / Gormley, ON / Team
Jacqueline Simoneau / St-Laurent, QC / Team, Duet
Karine Thomas / Gatineau, QC / Team, Duet
Rebecca Maule / Guleph, ON
Position / Name / Hometown
Head Coach / Meng Chen / Montreal, QC
Assistant Coach / Anastassia Goutseva / Montreal, QC
Assistant Coach / Lyne Piche / Boisbriand, QC
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