Victoria Synchro swimmers Luiza Vasylyeva

Swimmers in synch for Canada Winter Games

A trio of Victoria Synchro club swimmers cracked the top-10 at a Canada Winter Games Trials held at the University of B.C.

A trio of Victoria Synchro club swimmers cracked the top-10 at a Canada Winter Games Trials held at the University of B.C. last weekend.

Emma Choo, 14, and Luiza Vasylyeva, 13, of Saanich, and Sarah Jones, 15, of Oak Bay, all earned valuable points that will help them on their campaign to represent Team B.C. at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

The trials rank the athletes by their combined results from their performance based on technical skills, figures and a standard routine set.

“It’s a little different than normal, as it is all individual events to qualify for a place in the Canada Winter Games,” said Victoria Synchro coach Tara Gant. “The top athletes come together to form a team routine.”

Gant will also lead Team B.C. at the Winter Games in Prince George, which is just over a year away as it falls in February 2015.

“Our athletes did the best in the figure event with Choo placing third, Jones placing fourth and Vasylyeva in seventh.”

There’s no awards or medals at this point as the event scores go toward the synchronized swimmers’ long term rankings, with three more sets of trials between now and August 2014. The top 10 ranking athletes at that time will qualify.

It would be a great improvement for Greater Victoria to send three synchro athletes to the Winter Games as there was only one from the region at the past two Winter Games events.

The next trial is Feb. 15 where B.C’s top 16 athletes will be identified. The top 12 will be named at the May 24 synchro event at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria mayor preparing to tour Alberta oil sands

Lisa Helps heads to Alberta after an invitation came from Calgary councillor Ward Sutherland

Disturbance near Saanich Plaza

Emergency crews on scene for Blanshard Street call

Canadian Premier League announces media partnership with international broadcaster

Langford Mayor Stew Young said partnership is a “big deal” for Langford

Canada’s first home game in the America Rugby Championships comes this Friday

It’s Canada versus Chile Feb. 22 at Westhills Stadium in Langford

Canadians spent more than $8 billion on pet-related items in 2017

Fifty-seven per cent of Canadian households own pets

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Australian woman killed in avalanche at Whistler

The woman and her partner were reportedly rescued by ski patrol, but she did not survive

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

Most Read