Artistic Swimming National Team in Paris

The Maltese Artistic Swimming National Team competed at the second stage of the World Cup in Paris! The competition was hosted in the brandnew Olympic Aquatics Centre and was held as a test event for the upcoming Olympic Games this August!

Emily Ruggier debuted her solo on the World Stage, swimming a fantastic routine with no basemarks and placing 19th out of 23 routines with a score of 162.4966 – the coaching team are very happy with both the score and the final ranking. This was the first time Emily performed a solo routine at a competition organised by the World Aquatics.

Ana Culic also put on a great performance; she too completed the swim with no basemarks. Ana ranked 10th with a score of 181.5800. She has moved up 7 places from the World Championships in Doha last February!

Thea Grima Buttigieg & Emily later competed in the Technical and Free Duet events. Once again, they put on an excellent performance in the Technical Event with no basemarks. The duet placed 18th, ahead of duets from Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Georgia and Hungary.

The duo also had a powerful performance in the Free event, however received one basemark for the acro-pair. They finished in 15th place, which is also an improvement on their results at the World Championships in February!

Ana & Emily also competed in the Solo Free event, each performing very well! Ana has worked hard to improve the difficulty of her routine by almost 10 points since the previous season.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 05: Ana Cuclic of Malta performs her routine in the Women’s Solo Free during the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup 2024 – Stop 2 at Aquatics Centre on May 05, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Once again, this was the first time that Emily swam in the Solo Free event on the World Stage. She had a clean routine with no basemarks and finished in 13th place.

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