Surrey's Emila Kopcik helped Canada's national synchronized swim team place fourth overall at the 2012 FINA World Trophy in Mexico City last weekend.
The competition was the seventh edition of the FINA World Team Trophy, an event considered the most spectacular competition in the synchronized swimming international calendar. The performances are judged solely on artistic merit and the athletes are allowed to use original costumes and accessories.
In the overall standings, China won the gold with 384.66 points, Japan was second at 379.45, Ukraine third at 378.78 and Canada followed at 374.45.
"Overall, we did a good job for six weeks of preparation and we'll keep improving with more competitive experience," said Canada's head coach Meng Chen in a press release. "Back home, we will analyze our performances and we will work toward the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Spain."
In the team combo event, China completed a sweep of top spot in all four events with 97.375 points. Japan was second at 95.600, Ukraine third at 95.400 and Canada followed in fourth at 94.725. The Canadians performed their Queen routine from the 2011 world championships.
The Canadian swimmers in the team combo were Kopcik, Geneviève Bélanger of Laval, Que., Camille Bowness of Beaconsfield, Que., Gabrielle Cardinal of St-Lambert, Que., Annabelle Frappier of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., Rachel Fréchette of Deux-Montagnes, Que., Sandy Gill of Coquitlam, B.C., Rebecca Maule of Guelph, Ont., Lisa Mikelberg of Hampstead, Que., and Marie-Lou Morin of Westmount, Que.