The Surrey-based BC Aquasonics synchronized swim team just narrowly missed placing on the podium at Synchro Canada’s 2015 National Qualifier Championships earlier this month in Victoria.
The Aquasonics’ combo team – which includes Surrey swimmers Courtney Armstrong, Judith Gerhalter, Marlene Gerhalter, Seray Sefayi, Emily Yang, Nancy Zhang and Jessica Friesen – finished in fourth place, but about as close to a bronze medal as one could get without actually getting it.
The team, with a Zombies routine, placed just 0.0333 points behind the bronze medallists, Synchro Elite de Quebec.
“We were just a breath away from the podium,” Aquasonics head coach Susan Kemper said after the competition.
“Now that we know what our competition looks like, we know what we need to do to be standing on the podium at the Canadian Open next month.”
The Canadian Open Championships are set for Scarborough, Ont. from April 29-May 3.
Two more BC Aquasonics teams also fared well at the Victoria qualifier last week, as both the Junior ‘A’ and Junior ‘B’ teams finished in the top 10 in the Junior FINA Team Championships.
The Junior ‘A’ team – called the Cannibals – were seventh, and included the Gerhalters, Sefayi and Zhang.
The Junior ‘B’ Aliens, meanwhile, finished 10th, and included Armstrong, Friesen, Yang and Priya Lehal.