Who Is Going to the Tokyo Olympics in Artistic Swimming?

Many nations finalized and announced their Olympic Games rosters over the past week. Let’s take a look at who will compete in the 2020 Olympics for artistic swimming in Tokyo, with some short notes when relevant. More detailed previews will be published closer to the event.

Keep in mind that no reserves are allowed in the Olympic village, and the team rosters have been reduced to eight, instead of nine, for these Games.

Australia

  • Team

Carolyn Rayna Buckle
Hannah Burkhill
Kiera Gazzard
Alessandra Ho
Kirsten Kinash
Rachel Presser
Emily Rogers (2016)
Amie Thompson (2016)
Reserve: Georgia Courage-Gardiner

This is undoubtedly the team that’s seen the most changes since being first named in February 2020. Last September, Hannah Burkhill was selected to the team following the retirement of Amber-Rose Stackpole. In similar fashion in December, former reserve Alessandra Ho joined the team after the departure of Jane Fruzynski. Finally only a few days ago, Carolyn Rayna Buckle was named to the Tokyo squad after Hannah Cross withdrew with an injury. Buckle competed internationally for Singapore from 2015-2019.

  • Duet

Emily Rogers (2016)
Amie Thompson (2016)


Austria

  • Duet

Anna Maria Alexandri (2016)
Eirini Alexandri (2016)


Belarus

  • Duet

Vasilina Khandoshka
Daria Kulagina


Canada

  • Team

Emily Armstrong
Rosalie Boissonneault
Andrée-Anne Côté
Camille Fiola-Dion
Claudia Holzner
Audrey Joly
Halle Pratt
Jacqueline Simoneau (2016)
Reserve: Kenzie Priddell

  • Duet

Claudia Holzner
Jacqueline Simoneau (2016)


China

  • Team

Feng Yu
Guo Li (2016)
Huang Xuechen (2008, 2012, 2016)
Liang Xinping (2016)
Sun Wenyan (2012, 2016)
Wang Qianyi
Xiao Yanning
Yin Chengxin (2016)

This team was actually named a few weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic shut the entire world down in early 2020, and has not changed since. Huang Xuechen is already China’s most decorated artistic swimmer, and will look to win two more Olympic medals home to bring her total up to seven. She is also one of the four Olympians who returned to elite after becoming mothers.

  • Duet

Huang Xuechen (2008, 2012, 2016)
Sun Wenyan (2012, 2016)


Colombia

  • Duet

Estefania Alvarez (2016)
Monica Arango (2016)


Egypt

  • Team

Shahd Abdallah
Nora Azmy
Hanna Hiekal
Maryam Maghraby
Laila Mohsen
Farida Radwan
Nihal Saafan (2016)
Jayda Sharaf
Reserve: Amina Elfeky

The Olympics will be the first senior international competition for Maryam Maghraby. In addition, she will be the youngest artistic swimmer in Tokyo at 16 years and 9 months old.

  • Duet

Hannah Hiekal
Laila Mohsen


France

  • Duet

Charlotte Tremble
Laura Tremble


Great Britain

  • Duet

Kate Shortman
Isabelle Thorpe


Greece

  • Team

Maria Alzigkouzi Kominea
Eleni Fragkaki
Krystalenia Gialama
Pinelopi Karamesiou
Andriana Misikevych
Evangelia Papazoglou (2016)
Evangelia Platanioti (2012, 2016)
Georgia Vasilopoulou
Reserve: Danai Kariori

Krystalenia Gialama will be the second youngest athlete of the field at 16 years and 11 months old. Greece will be back to the Games as a team for the first time since 2004.

  • Duet

Evangelia Papazoglou (2016)
Evangelia Platanioti (2012, 2016)


Israel

  • Duet

Eden Blecher
Shelly Bobritsky

 


Italy

  • Team

Beatrice Callegari (2016)
Domiziana Cavanna
Linda Cerruti (2016)
Francesca Deidda (2016)
Costanza Di Camillo
Constanza Ferro (2016)
Gemma Galli
Enrica Piccoli
Reserve: Federica Sala

  • Duet

Linda Cerruti (2016)
Constanza Ferro (2016)


Japan

  • Team

Fukumura Juka
Inui Yukiko (2012, 2016)
Kijima Moeka
Kyogoku Okina
Tsukamoto Mayu
Yanagisawa Akane
Yasunaga Mashiro
Yoshida Megumu

Like China, this team was named before the pandemic forced the postponement of the Games, and has not changed since.

  • Duet

Inui Yukiko (2012, 2016)
Yoshida Megumu


Kazakhstan

  • Duet

Alexandra Nemich (2016)
Yekaterina Nemich (2016)


Liechtenstein

  • Duet

Lara Mechnig
Marluce Schierscher

This will be the first time that Liechtenstein is at the Olympic Games for artistic swimming.


Mexico

  • Duet

Nuria Diosdado (2012, 2016)
Joana Jiménez


the Netherlands

  • Duet

Bregje de Brouwer
Noortje de Brouwer

The Netherlands will be represented at the Olympics in this event for the first time since 2008.


Russian Olympic Committee (ROC)

  • Team

Vlada Chigireva (2016)
Marina Golyadkina
Svetlana Kolesnichenko (2016)
Polina Komar
Aleksandra Patskevich (2012, 2016)
Svetlana Romashina (2008, 2012, 2016)
Alla Shishkina (2012, 2016)
Maria Shurochkina (2016)
Reserve: Veronika Kalinina

By securing at least one more gold in Tokyo, Svetlana Romashina could become the most decorated artistic swimmer in Olympic history. Aleksandra Patskevich and Romashina are both among the four mothers who will compete in Tokyo.

  • Duet

Svetlana Kolesnichenko (2016)
Svetlana Romashina (2008, 2012, 2016)


South Africa

  • Duet

Clarissa Johnston
Laura Strugnell

South Africa last participated in the artistic swimming events at the Olympics in 1992.


Spain

  • Team

Ona Carbonell (2012, 2016)
Berta Ferreras
Meritxell Mas
Alisa Ozhogina
Paula Ramírez
Sara Saldaña
Iris Tió
Blanca Toledano
Reserve: Abril Conesa

Ona Carbonell is one of the four Olympians who returned to elite after becoming mothers.

  • Duet

Alisa Ozhogina
Iris Tió


Ukraine

  • Team

Maryna Aleksiiva
Vladyslava Aleksiiva
Marta Fiedina
Kateryna Reznik
Anastasiya Savchuk (2016)
Alina Shynkarenko
Kseniya Sydorenko (2008, 2012, 2016)
Yelizaveta Yakhno
Reserve: Veronika Gryshko

Kseniya Sydorenko will be the oldest athlete of the artistic swimming field in Tokyo at 35 years and 1 month old.

  • Duet

Marta Fiedina
Anastasiya Savchuk (2016)


United States of America

  • Duet

Anita Alvarez (2016)
Lindi Schroeder


ARTICLE BY CHRISTINA MARMET

Cover photo by Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia

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