ROUEN, France – Canada’s Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., showed improvement in its free program Saturday but it wasn’t enough to climb the overall standings for a fifth place finish at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.
 
Paradise from Russia won the gold medal with 211.18 points followed by three teams from Finland. Team Unique took the silver at 203.44 and the Helsinki Rockettes were third at 201.50
 
Nexxice, world championship bronze medallists last season, was fifth after the short program Friday. They produced the fourth best free skate but remained fifth at 193.70.
 
The Nexxice team members were 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.