This summer Jacqueline Simoneau competed in Japan and Spain where she came 2nd in duet tech and duet free, 2nd for tech team and team free before stunning the world in Helsinski.
Read the press release from Synchro Canada www.synchro.ca, watch and listen to the radio interviews she provided once she came back home and have the chance to get to know one of Canada’s future star Olympians.
Jacqueline Simoneau wins silver in solo at FINA World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships
Helsinki, August 3, 2014 – Jacqueline Simoneau, of Montreal, continued her string of successes on the international stage by winning a silver medal in the solo event at the FINA World Junior synchronized swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland.Fourth after Thursday’s preliminary routine, Simoneau started her impressive comeback by coming in first in Friday’s figures event, ending Russia’s long streak of victories in the event.Swimming immediately after the first place Russian in today’s final, Simoneau delivered a powerful yet graceful routine that earned her the best marks in the field for artistic impression. A crowd favourite in Helsinki, she was awarded a personal best score at the junior level of 89.5667, a huge 2.5 point improvement over her preliminary performance.”I felt great today,” said Simoneau. “I had a lot of energy and really gave everything I had. There are no words to describe how I felt when I walked on deck and had almost the whole crowd, regardless of nationality, stand behind me and cheer me on. This allowed me to give one my best solo performances ever and I’ll be forever grateful for that.””I’d like to thank everyone who cheered me on today both in Finland and at home, my parents and my family, everyone from the Senior National Team including the medical staff, my teammates and my coaches. Most of all, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to my coach Meng Chen who has made all this possible for me. We have incredible chemistry together and we have worked extremely hard to earn this special moment of celebration!”
“I’d also like to thank Speedo, Make Up For Ever, CIBC Team Next, La Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence et Imaginéo as well as Own The Podium, the INS and Sport Canada for all the support they have been giving me and other synchro swimmers in Canada,” added Simoneau. “Without them, it would be impossible to have the commitment necessary to achieve these kinds of results.”
Her total score of 170.8927, also a junior personal best, was second only to Russia’s Anisiya Neborako who won gold with 171.1350. Asuka Tasaki from Japan earned the bronze with 168.7817.
Meng Chen, Canada’s Senior National Team and Simoneau solo’s coach, was very happy with Simoneau’s performance. “Jacqueline is a fighter. After coming in fourth after preliminaries, she worked hard to make the necessary adjustments and today, she went out and stole the crowd’s heart. She was dynamic, emotional and fully engaged during her whole routine and the crowd and judges all saw it. Afterwards, people from all nationalities came to congratulate her! I’m also particularly happy that she won the figures event, proving that Canada is not just strong in routines: we are on the right path technically as well.”
“It’s such a joy to watch such a talented athlete compete under the Canadian flag,” said Synchro Canada’s CEO Jackie Buckingham. “We have a very strong support system to develop young athletes in our country. With Senior National Coach Meng Chen at the helm and Jacqueline and our current group of young stars leading the way, synchronized swimming has a very bright future in Canada.”