Vancouver-Island Central Coast dominate in the pool

Vancouver-Island Central Coast dominate in the pool

By Laurie Syms

Author: BC Summer Games/Saturday, July 19, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Synchronized Swimming

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The Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6) girls dominated in synchronized tier 2/3 level figures taking home five of the top ten places in figures competition. Julie Preston of Parksville took the gold, Jenna Krawchuck of Nanaimo won silver and Kendall Stirrat of Vancouver-Squamish (Zone 5) swam away with the bronze.

In tier 4/5 figures competition, Fraser River Delta (Zone 4) came out on top with Claire Hein-Salvi of Burnaby winning gold. Julia Palfreyman from Vernon in the Thompson-Okanogan (Zone 2) is going home with the silver and Zara Herbert of Vancouver-Squamish (Zone 5) is holding bronze.

"Figures are incredibly regimented." said event chair Andrew Scott. "All the girls wear the same black suit, the same white cap, and the same goggles."

It's difficult to tell the swimmers apart in the water which is the reason behind the conformity. The judges are only focused on the figures and how gracefully the moves are executed.

Synchronized figures are the technical details that form the basis for the beautiful moves seen in single, duet and team synchronized swimming routines. Swimmers in each tier perform four predetermined figures, which will later be incorporated into their freestyle routines.

"There are about 150 figures used in synchronized swimming altogether." said Synchro BC Executive Director Annie Smith.

Synchronized swimmers are judged by the control, grace and technical ability they display for each of the figures. According to Provincial advisor and chief ref Debbie Provencher, figures are the foundation of the sport and count as half of the final score on Sunday.


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