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Hudson swimmer sets sights on Slovakia


PHOTO BY DAN ROBICHAUD

Tara Goettisheim of Hudson appears to defy physics as the ‘flyer’ in this element from the team finals at the 2019 Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships in Kamloops, BC. Her team, Dollard Synchro, took home the bronze medal for this performance, while Tara earned a further two silvers, a gold, and the Individual Aggregate Award for total overall performance in all four events in her age category.

Tara Goettisheim of Hudson is flying high. After her double gold medal performance at the Quebec artistic swimming (synchro) championships in January, she took to the national stage for the Canadian championships last month in Kamloops, BC where she finished on the podium in every one of her events and earned the top prize for overall performance.

On day three of the competition, she secured a silver medal in Figures (the individual performance of technical moves). This was out of a group of 218 national level competitors in the 13-15 age category.

Following another day of preliminaries, Tara won a second silver medal, this time in the Solo event. Her final score put her second from the top in the country, just 0.6464 points behind the gold medal winner.

Finally, on the sixth day of the championships, Tara and her team Dollard Synchro won bronze in the team finals, and she and her partner Mya Fortin earned Canadian gold for their performance in Duet.

PHOTO BY DAN ROBICHAUD

Hudson’s Tara Goettisheim is on the rise in the world of artistic swimming. With another full year ahead of her in the 13-15 age category, she has her eyes locked on this year’s World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships in Slovakia.

“Best of all is that she won the Aggregate Award,” says dedicated mom Melanie Goettisheim. “It’s the trophy for the best overall performance, calculated on everyone’s results combined in all the events. It really shows what she can do.”

Right now Tara is back in Quebec, in the middle of a gruelling eight-day tryout process for Team Canada at the Parc Olympique in Montreal. Twenty-four of the best artistic swimmers in the country from age 13 to 15 are there on a rigorous schedule that sees them training and competing in the pool and on dry land for nine hours a day, every day. The top 10 athletes from the group will be invited to represent Canada at the FINA World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships 2019, to be held in Šamorín, Slovakia at the end of August.

PHOTO BY DAN ROBICHAUD

Tara Goettisheim and Mya Fortin collect the gold medal for their Duet performance at the Canadian National Artistic Swimming Championships in Kamloops, BC.

If Tara makes the cut, it will mean six weeks of intense Team Canada training in Ontario over the summer, and an early trip to Slovakia to train and acclimate to the conditions at the outdoor pool (our artistic swimmers, naturally, are accustomed to indoor pools as their year-round schedules and Canadian winters would otherwise not mix).

But for now, all her energy and focus remains on the tryout, the results for which should be announced early next week. Says Melanie, “It’s tough, and Tara’s handling it so well – hopefully, we’ll have some more good news after this week!”

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