27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Synchronised swimmer Morgan: We have every chance to get on podium at Universiade

The member of the US team in synchronised swimming shares her impressions of the competition in Kazan.

The USA synchronised swimming team has a good chance to compete for a medal at the Universiade, team member Olivia Morgan said.

At the preliminary stage, after the technical programme, the US athletes got third place with 86,800 points. The Russian team got the best score (96,700), and the Japanese came in second (92,000).

"Before the Universiade, we set out to correct our mistakes, improve our performance and do everything possible to win. I believe we have a good chance of getting on the podium at the World University Games," Morgan said.

The main rivals of the American synchronised swimmers come primarily from Canada and Japan. "They left with high marks for their technical performance as well as for the beauty of their performance, so in the next round they will be our main competitors," she said.

Captain of the USA synchronised swimming team, Denise Shavli, was pleased with the organization of the Universiade, and noted that synchronised swimming should enter into the programme of compulsory sports.

"The Universiade Village has turned out to be a comfortable, the sports venues are great. We are very happy to be here," Shavli said. "Synchronised swimming is included in the Universiade programme for the first time in history, but we will continue to insist that it should remain on the list of compulsory sports."

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate