March 8, 2014
The New Canaan Y Aquianas synchronized swimmers brought home the Junior East Zone high point trophy from the East Zone Junior-Senior Championships held March 7-9 in Endicott, NY. The Aquianas have won the trophy for 13 out of the last 14 years. Aquianas Assistant Director Krista Bessinger was voted East Zone Coach of the Year by her peers at the meet.
The Aquianas beat out 13 regional teams to win, by amassing the most number of points for routines swum in the finals, which encompassed 4 categories of routines (team routines, trios, duets, and solos).
Competing in initial fields of 20+ routines in each category, New Canaan placed in the top 3 slots for 3 of the 4 categories. Aquianas routines took first place in the team event and trio event. The winning team routine was swum by Diya Banerjee, Alice Chidley, Renee Collett, Alie Lin, Isabella Montgomery, Alex Poteet, Emily Roney, and Erin Wheeler. Collett, Roney and Wheeler also swam the first-place trio. In the duet section, the duo of Wheeler and Collett placed second.
Said Head Coach Jen Muzyk: “This win was truly a team effort, with so many strong performances. contributing to our total points. Our swimmers took 4 slots in the top 8 for both solos and duets, and 3 slots in the top 8 for trios. The second of our 2 squads also placed in the top 8 in the team competition.”
For more information about synchronized swimming at the New Canaan YMCA, contact Head Coach Jen Muzyk at [email protected].
PHOTO CAPTION: Aquianas 13- and over swimmers with their two most recent trophies (from February and March 2014 meets): Jr. East Zone Championship high point trophy, and East Zone 13/Over Open Championship high point trophy (Photo credit; Leila Wetmore)