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Updated: Bonanno and Marchi place second on opening day of international tournament in Bulgaria

Valentina Marchi alongside Michelle Hubner and Davida Bonanno.

The Malta national team enjoyed a positive start at the 1st International Artistic Swimming “Pirin” currently being held in Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria.

The Malta selection, under the guidance of national coach Michelle Hubner and her assistant Hannah Preca, is formed by Thea Blake, Davida Bonanno (captain), Tara Bonnici Peresso, Ana Culic, Elisa Marie Friggieri, Katarina Galea Curmi, Ana Grech, Thea Grima Buttigieg, Valentina Marchi, Kelly Ann Sargent, Nicole Tomic Felice and Hannah Xuereb.

On the first day of competition, Davida Bonanno and Valentina Marchi enjoyed a fine start in the Duet Free after compiling a score of 67.566 points that puts them in second place in the standings.

The team from Torpedo, Bulgari are currently leading the standings on 71.200 while Tibris are holding to third place on 60.100.

Ana Culic and Thea Grima Buttigieg were also in action in the Solo Tech routine.

Culic placed third in the Solo Tech routine with 68.3581 points, while Thea Grima Buttigieg fi.nished fifth with 63.5287 points

Prior to the start of the competition, the athletes were undergoing pool training as well as gymnastics sessions.

This competition will serve as additional preparation for the LEN European Junior Artistic Swimming Championships to be hosted in Malta between June 30 and July 4.

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