Kamloops Sunrays to host national artistic swimming championships

Kamloops athletes were in action earlier this month in Richmond at a qualifying event for the provincial championships

The Kamloops Sunrays will play host to the Canada Artistic Swimming Championships, which will run from May 6 to May 12 at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

The lead-up to nationals is underway.

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Kamloops athletes were in action earlier this month in Richmond at a qualifying event for the provincial championships, which will run from March 8 to March 10 in Surrey.

Karina Aujla placed third in the 13- to 15-year-old solo category.

Kate Liebe and Keira Fawcett were third and Nadia Curtis and Rosina Fraser-Bowden placed fourth in the 13- to 15-year-old duet division.

Norah Mallett joined Aujla, Liebe, Fawcett, Curtis and Fraser-Bowden to compete in the 13- to 15-year-old team event, in which the Sunrays won silver.

Charlotte Ribalkin placed second in the senior technical solo and free solo categories.

Each of the swimmers qualified for the B.C. championships.

The Sunrays won big at last year’s Synchro BC awards night.

Curtis was named national athlete of the year in the 11- and 12-year-old division; Abby Bucher was named adaptive athlete of the year; Ribalkin earned senior athlete of the year honours; Naomi Woolverton was named adaptive coach of the year; and Tina Naveri was named coach of the year.

The Sunrays will play host to a routine competition at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre on March 2. Action gets underway at 12:30 p.m.

FINA made a name change in 2017. No longer does it use synchronized swimming. The sport has been named artistic swimming, at the suggestion of the International Olympic Committee.

The Canadian national governing body followed suit in 2018, making the change to Canada Artistic Swimming from Synchro Canada.

 

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