Italy shine in acrobatic team on day two of European Junior Artistic Swimming Championships

Credit to: European Aquatics

By Christina Marmet

Day two of the European Aquatics Junior Artistic Swimming Championships 2024 in Cottonera, Malta, witnessed Italy‘s dazzling performance in the Acrobatic Routine Final, earning the gold medal with a flawless “Dragons” routine and a score of 206.0801.

Silver medallists in 2023, Italy was the only country to perform cleanly in Saturday’s sole final, avoiding any penalising basemarks and showcasing exceptional precision in their acrobatic routine, the most difficult of the field.

The Italians could also rely on the confidence and experience of Beatrice Andina, who is featured on most of the acrobatics, and Valentina Bisi. Both won bronze at the European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024 earlier in June, and certainly knew how to handle the pressure.

While Italy comfortably secured the gold by over 23 points, the margin between silver and bronze was infinitesimally small, with Greece edging out Spain for silver by only 0.09 points.

Bronze medallists last year, Greece moved up the rankings this time and scored 182.3467 for their spellbinding “Snakes” routine. The Greek relied on the cold-headedness and tenacity of Thaleia Dampali, Athina Kamarinopoulou, Zoi Karangelou, Artemi Koutraki and Vasiliki Thanou, who had just won silver in Belgrade with the same choreography.

Credit to: European Aquatics

This achievement highlights the depth of Greece’s talent and signals a bright future for the nation’s artistic swimming, proudly bringing their country to the European podium once more.

The reigning European Junior champions Spain was unable to defend its title and unfortunately had to settle for bronze with its “Machines” routine. In the final, the Spaniards could not execute all their planned acrobatics and suffered two basemarks, dropping their difficulty and total score to 182.2567.

In the morning, 18 nations had participated in the Duet Free Preliminary round, all vying for a top-12 finish to qualify to the final. Naia Alvarez Vicente and Rocio Calle Garcia of Spain had a very strong swim on their new “Sacrosanto” choreography and claimed the top spot with a score of 261.1541.

Joining Spain in the Duet Free Final on Monday July 1 are the pairs of Greece, France, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Türkiye, Germany, Great Britain, Portugal, Croatia and Georgia.

The action continues on Sunday in Malta with the Free Team Preliminary at 10:00. At 17:00, two sets of medals will be awarded in the Duet Technical Final and the Mixed Duet Technical Final.

Follow the action on European Aquatics TV YouTube channel.