27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Synchronised swimming

Medal events at 2013 Summer Universiade

Overall number of medal events: 4
Technical handbook
  • Solo
  • Duet
  • Team
  • Combined

Participating countries

  • AUT
  • BUL
  • HUN
  • ITA
  • CAN
  • MAC
  • NZL
  • RUS
  • USA
  • TUR
  • UGA
  • UZB
  • CZE
  • JPN


Medal winning countries and medallists at Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 RUS 4 0 0 4
2 JPN 0 4 0 4
3 ITA 0 0 2 2

Synchronised swimming is included in the list of Summer Universiade optional sports.

The Russian national synchronised swimming team took all possible gold trophies at three previous Summer Olympics: Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).  The brilliant Russian synchro squad, coached by Tatyana Pokrovskaya and consisting of Olga Sedakova, Olga Brusnikina and Natalya Ischenko, remained undefeated for many years now. Only Virginia Didier from France and Gemma Mengual from Spain could challenge the Russian synchro icons. But after they finished their sports careers, Russia’a excellence in synchronised swimming is beyond doubt. Natalia Ischenko continued Russia’s triumphal march in the solo events, while Russian duets Olga Brusnikina/Maria Kiseleva, Anastasia Davydova/Anastasia Ermakova and Natalia Ischenko/Svetlana Romashina know no rivals in their medal events. As a result, Russia has completed a gold-medal sweep of all seven events at the 2011 World Synchronised Swimming Championships.

In 1986 Oksana Chernook came to the town of Brezhnev (former name of the city of Naberezhnye Chelny) to work as a coach in the branch of the Volgograd Physical Culture Academy.
She opened synchronised swimming groups in the Dolphin Children and Youth Sports School in 1987 and, together with choreographer Oksana Mescheryakova, she started to train girls. The synchronised swimming department was soon launched in the Specialised Children and Youth School of the Olympic Reserve No12 in 1998. The first Volga Federal District (VFD) Synchronised Swimming Championship was held in 2000. Oksana Mescheryakova and Oksana Chernook trained 8 Russian Masters of Sport and talented synchro swimmers that later became winners at the VFD and Tatarstan championships. Viktor Kochnev, Director of the Dolphin Children and Youth Sports School, opened the synchronised swimming department in 2000. As of today, there are two synchro swim schools in Naberezhnye Chelny, synchronised swimming departments were launched in Kazan’s fitness clubs. One more department was started in Nizhnekamsk in 2011. Over 10 Masters of Sport, 20 Candidates to Masters of Sport, winners of the VFD and Tatarstan championships, winners of the Spartakiade of School Students of Russia, members of the VFD squad (Diana Lonschakova, Yulia Roschina, Linara Ilaltdinova, etc) were trained in the Republic of Tatarstan.
Elvira Khasyanova, another representative from the Republic of Tatarstan, remains undefeated as member of the Russian synchro team. Since 2008 she has been representing two regions: Moscow, where she was born and trains now, and Kazan, where her mother was born. This cooperation brought excellent results for the republic: gold medal of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and gold medals of world and European championships.
Ninel Kozhedub, the Merited Coach of Russia who trained over 20 Russian Masters of Sport and Tatyana Zavalischina, world and European junior champion, was invited to Naberezhnye Chelny to  further develop synchronised swimming in the republic. Thanks to two years of her hard work and careful guidance, Tatarstan’s synchro team finished among winners of the Russian championship for the first time. For the time being, the main goal of the Synchronised Swimming Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan is to train the team for the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade.

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Aquatics Palace

Address: Chistopolskaya St