Swimkins Are JO Champions for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Swimkins Synchro

The Swimkins’ combo routine, swimming to the music of “West Side Story,” won the gold medal for the fourth year in a row at the 2019 Junior Olympics for Synchronized Swimming, hosted in Tonawanda last week.  Over 2000 swimmers from all over the US attended various competitions in their respective age groups throughout the week. The combo routine consisted of Megan Beers (Clarence), Olivia Biesinger (Williamsville), Olivia Canna (Depew), Isabelle Lange (Clarence), Ashley Latchford (Buffalo), Madison Lavocat (Clarence), Angelie Roger (Lancaster), Taylor Sullivan (Lakeview), and Barb Williams (Clarence).

No other 16-19 team in the country has placed first so often in this event at this competition.

Senior Isabelle Lange was the bronze medalist in the 18/19 solo event.  Lange and teammates Beers, Latchford, Lavocat and Williams won the silver medal in the 18/19 team event. “The fact that they won second place with a five-man team is an amazing feat,” stated coach Debbie Latchford.  “All of the other teams had eight team members. Teams with less than eight receive deductions from their overall score.  But these girls had their best swim of the season, and the judges rewarded them for it,” said Latchford. The duet of Williams and Lavocat were finalists as well, placing 9th in the duet event.

Swimkins’ 12 and Under swimmers also had a very impressive meet. Caitlin McNamara (Kenmore) placed 8th with her solo and Mia Canna placed 11th. McNamara and Canna placed 6th in the duet event and teammates Grace Kinnan (Clarence) and Jamie Starck (Amherst) placed 12th. The team of McNamara, Canna, Kinnan, Starck, Sarah Brzykcy (Cheektowaga), Kat Cassidy (Williamsville), Maddie DiGaudio (Hamburg), and Kutty Morris (East Aurora) placed 6th in the nation in the team event for their age group.

The Swimkins 13-15 age group swimmers racked up some exciting results as well. Taylor Sullivan earned 6th place with her solo and Olivia Canna placed 16th in her routine. Out of 44 entries, Sullivan and Canna qualified for finals, placing 11th overall with their duet. Teammates Olivia Biesinger and Angelie Roger swam a personal best and were ranked 21st in their duet.  The team of Sullivan, Canna, Biesinger, Roger, Sabrina Starck (Amherst), and Maille Young (Cheektowaga) were also finalist, placing 11th out of 41 entries from across the country.

“The girls have worked hard throughout the year and it showed at this meet.  And, thanks to excellent coaching from our extremely talented coaching staff, our Swimkins athletes definitely made their mark on the awards stand throughout the competition,” said head coach Latchford. “I am so proud of them all.”

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