Local athletes earn several slots for US National Synchronized Swimming Champion

The New Canaan Y Aquianas synchronized swimmers, fresh off a particularly successful 2013 season that saw Head Coach Jen Muzyk named “USA Synchro Developmental Coach of the Year”, pulled off a strong performance at the second meet of the 2014 season. Held from February 7th through 9th in Tonawanda, NY, the East Zone 13 & Over / 13-15 Open championships featured over 170 competitors from more than 15 clubs along the East Coast.

The Aquianas results earned the squad 5 slots at the US National Championships in Arizona in April: 1 spot for a team routine, 2 for solo routines, and 2 for duets. Separately, 3 athletes from the Aquianas made the East Zone All Star 13-15 team based on their figures performance at the meet.

In the team competition, the Aquianas brought home a silver medal with a Great Gatsby-inspired routine swum by Claire Batchelor,  Katie Chidley, Katherine Connolly, Eileen Flynn, Lauren LaPorta, Audrey Millar, Rachel Panzano, Katherine Reiter, Emmanuella Tchakmakjian, and Eliza Wetmore. In this field of 19 team routines, a second Aquianas team (Olivia Buckley, Sarah Hoyt, Larsen Klein, Katie Lydon, Sophie Price, Maddie Sturcke, Nicole Vanderlee, and Victoria Walters) earned 11th place.

The local athletes shone in the solo portion of the competition, where 4 Aquianas swimmers placed in the top 8, out of an original field of 31 solos. Alex Poteet and Katherine Connolly won 3rd and 4th place respectively in the 13-15 rankings (qualifying them for the US Nationals), followed by Katie Farrell at 5th and Emmanuella Tchakmakjian at 6th.

Duet partners Alex Poteet and Camilla Kline won bronze for their routine; Katherine Connolly and Katie Chidley came in at 5th. Both duets move on to compete in Arizona.

Competing in a field of 27 trio routines, the trio of Eliza Wetmore, Sierra Rojas-Thomas, and Lauren LaPorta scored a 6th place finish. A second local trio comprised of Claire Batchelor, Eileen Flynn, and Audrey Millar reached 9th place.

In the figures portion, 3 Aquianas swimmers placed in the top 8. Poteet (3rd place), Tchakmakjian (7th place), and Farrell (8th place) qualified for the East Zone All Star 13-15 team which is comprised of the top 8 figures scorers from this meet.

Said Coach Muzyk: “This was a physically demanding meet where many of our athletes swam their routines several times over 3 days. I am proud of their stamina and consistent overall performance.”

For more information about synchronized swimming at the New Canaan YMCA, contact Head Coach Jen Muzyk at [email protected]