Swimming: Teams Technical
Athlete: Danielle Kettlewell, Amie Thompson, Deborah Tsai, Rose Stackpole
Lenk Aquatic Stadium
mixing it with the best synchronised swimmers in the world, Australia stood
tall on the first day of the team event at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Stadium.
the technical event, vice-captain Danielle Kettlewell said the team was pleased
with their score of 74.0667 putting them in eighth with the free swim to come
felt like a really good swim. For us part of the accomplishment is being able
to get to the Olympics and do our personal best,” Kettlewell said.
"We know that
we’re not in medal contention but just the fact that we can go out there and
represent Australia and swim with our own teammates under the Australian flag
makes us really happy and I think that we achieved our goals today.”
performed fourth today following Egypt who are just ahead of the
points race in seventh. Leading the way in their dominance of the sport is
Russia who were the clear crowd favourites alongside the home team of Brazil.
said it’s fantastic to swim in front of a packed stadium in Barra.
"It’s a huge
honour and it makes me really proud that so many people are interested. Synchro
doesn’t really get a spotlight, only once every four years with the Olympics
but this is a great way to get people to know more about our little known sport
and get the attention out there and get an appreciation out there of the
Bianca Hammett, her favourite swim is yet to come, with the free event full of
Australian symbolism. It comes after the team, including Hammett – the only
member from London 2012 – performed to AC/DC four years ago.
tomorrow, we’ll be swimming a very Australian routine again. So we’ve picked
music that’s didgeridoos and kookaburra sounds effects, different animals so
we’re trying to represent Australia through the different animals and flora of
our country,” Hammett said.
improved a lot over the last few years and so we are pushing for synchro to
become a bigger sport. Doing something memorable like the AC/DC routine in
London is helping our profile.”