Sync Up: January 15, 2020

Road to Tokyo

  • The Swiss duet that will try to qualify to the Olympics has changed. Joelle Peschl will replace her younger sister Noemi Peschl in the duet with Vivienne Koch. Noemi Peschl had to withdraw and “will not be at full strength for health reasons in the foreseeable future.”
  • Brazil has officially named Luisa Borges and Laura Miccuci as its Olympic duet that will fight for a spot to Tokyo at the Qualification Tournament. Miccuci served as alternate to the duet for the vast majority of last season as Borges was swimming with Maria Clara Lobo Coutinho, but she was propelled to a permanent spot for the Pan American Games after Coutinho tested positive in a doping test.

Olympic Routines Sneak Peek

  • U.S. head coach Andrea Fuentes posted a short video clip of the new free duet choreography she’s created with Anita Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder using music by Billie Eilish for the Olympic year. Hm, when do we get to see the whole routine please?
  • Japan‘s new technical team for Tokyo will have a Karate theme. Naturally, the swimmers are taking Karate lessons to fully immerse themselves in the routine.

More (Sad) Retirements

  • Yael Polka and Emili Green from the Israel national team have announced their respective retirements. Polka, who competed at the 2017 and 2019 FINA World Championships, explained on her Instagram account (I, II) that she was not selected to be part of the Olympic duet and thus decided to stop. Green also took to Instagram to talk about her decision. We wish them both all the best in their next endeavors!

International Collab

  • Poland received the insight of one of Canada’s team coaches, Kasia Kulesza, for help on technique and choreography.

Got Skills?

  • Canada’s team, already qualified to Tokyo, is working hard on its new Olympic routines. Check out its technical team barracuda split element.


Article by Christina Marmet

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