Three Darien natives to compete in U.S. synchronized swimming championships
Updated 10:07 am, Thursday, February 20, 2014
The New Canaan Y Aquianas synchronized swimming team pulled off a strong performance at its second meet of 2014. Held from Feb. 7-9 in Tonawanda, N.Y., the East Zone 13 & Over / 13-15 Open championships featured over 170 competitors from more than 15 clubs along the east coast.
The Aquianas swimmers earned five slots at the U.S. national championships in April; two in solo competition, two in duets and one in the team competition. At the end of the meet, Darien natives Camilia Kline, Katie Chidley and Eliza Wetmore had earned the right to compete at nationals.
"This was a physically demanding meet where many of our athletes swam their routines several times over three days," said coach Jen Muzyk. "I am proud of their stamina and consistent overall performance."
In the team competition, Aquianas brought home a silver medal with a "Great Gatsby"-inspired routine swum by Chidley, Wetmore, Claire Batchelor, Katherine Connolly, Eileen Flynn, Lauren LaPorta, Audrey Millar, Rachel Panzano, Katherine Reiter, and Emmanuella Tchakmakjian. A second Aquianas earned eleventh place, out of a field of 19 teams.
Aquinas shone most in the solo portion of the competition, where four swimmers placed in the top-8 out of an original field of 31 athletes. Alex Poteet and Connolly won third and fourth place respectively in the 13-15 rankings, followed by Katie Farrell in fifth and Tchakmakjian in sixth.
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Competing against more than 30 other duets, partners Kline and Poteet won bronze for their routine, while Chidley and Connolly came in fifth. Both duets will compete at the national championships.
Amongst 27 three-person teams, Wetmore, LaPorta and Sierra Rojas-Thomas picked up a sixth-place finish. Batchelor, Flynn, and Millar reached ninth place.
For more information about synchronized swimming at the New Canaan YMCA, contact head coach Jen Muzyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.