AUSTRALIA finished 17th out of 27 countries at its first Comen Cup/Mediterranean Cup appearance in Italy recently.
Mindarie resident Emily Holloway and Two Rocks resident Erin O’Mahony, from the West Coast Splash Club, were among eight synchronised swimmers aged 13 to 15.
Coach Briana Preiss said the competition brought together the best synchronised swimmers in that age group from around the world.
Preiss, of Mosman Park, said the international experience would help prepare the girls for national and even Olympic competitions in the future.
“It was a learning experience and they did better than what we and they expected,” she said. “We were watching and learning from other countries to see how everyone does it and how we can modify our training.”
Australia’s first Comen Cup/Mediterranean Cup competitors
Tamila Andreeva – Leeming
Gabbi Percic – Shenton Park
Jane Fruzynski – Attadale
Marnie Kennedy – Palmyra
Emily Holloway – Mindarie
Erin O’Mahony – Two Rocks
Jessica Eidne – Cottesloe
Michelle Ammon – Dalkeith