07/28/2015 05:30 EDT | Updated 07/28/2016 05:59 EDT

Stephanie Leclair, Robert Prévost, compete in 1st mixed synchro duet event at Worlds

Canadians Stephanie Leclair and Robert Prévost became a part of history Tuesday, as the pair competed in the first mixed duet free synchronized swimming event at the FINA Aquatic World Championships in Kazan, Russia. 

The pair, who both came out of retirement to participate, provided an Egyptian-themed routine in the preliminary round, scoring 82.333 points, ranking eighth but qualifying for Thursday's finals. 

Leclair, who retired in November, won a gold in the team event at the 2011 Pan Am Games and also has two bronze medals at the FINA World Championships to her credit. 

The 25-year-old, from Gatineau, Que.,  also competed at the London Olympics in the team event. 

The pair were chosen at a selection trial in June to compete in the world championship, as the mixed duet makes its FINA debut. 

Leclair and the 35-year-old Prevost are in competition with some synchro swimmers with pedigree including Olympic bronze medallist Virginie Dedieu and two-time silver medallist Gemma Mengual. 

The U.S. team, consisting of Bill May Kristina Lam-Underwood are in first after Tuesday, while Russia's Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova are in second. France's Dedieu and Benoit Yves Beaufils are in third.