ROUEN, France – Canada’s Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., is in fifth place after the short program at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

Paradise, from Russia, stand first with 76.42 points ahead of three teams from Finland: the Helsinki Rockets in second at 75.42, Team Unique in third at 73.44 and Marigold IceUnity in fourth at 73.06.

Nexxice, world championship bronze medallists last season, follow at 70.12 out of 10 entries. The Nexxice team members are Nadine Banholzer, Payton Beckett, Marlyne Bernier, Kelly Britten, Abigail Chase, Laura Emery, Ariana Gould-Tasoojy, Celina Hevesi, Taylor Johnston, Emma Kim, Kaitlin Lees, Megan MacLellan, Caroline Marr, Emiko Marr, Courtney McNaughton, Morgan Stang, Alessandra Toso, Brooklyn Williamson, Emily Wright and Aurora Ylppo.

“We are feeling good about our first international event this season,’’ said Shelley Simoton Barnett who coaches Nexxice with Anne Schelter.

‘’We are pleased with our performance and placement for this time of year. We are learning a lot from the experience; the very top teams are here. Looking forward to tomorrow’s free.”

Competition ends Saturday with the free skate.

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