NEW CANAAN, Conn. --The New Canaan YMCA Aquianas Synchronized Swim team took third in the junior high point team award competition at the Junior U.S. National Championships earlier this month in Mesa, Ariz.
This is the best our team has ever done in the high point standings at junior nationals, said head coach Jen Muzyk. The team performed well and the girls all supported each other through the week of competition.
Nineteen Aquianas earned spots at the national championships based on high scores at qualifying meets. They competed against 225 swimmers from 30 teams, including three collegiate squads (Stanford, Minnesota and Incarnate Word). The meet is USA Synchros most important and prestigious championship of the year.
In the solo event, Emma Baranski earned third. In the duet event, Baranski and Emily Drew took fifth. In the team event Baranski, Drew, Renee Collett, Selena Liu, Mina Shah, Eliza Sturgeon, Rebecca Trinklein and Erin Wheeler finished fifth. In the combo event, sixth place went to the team of Baranski, Julianne Beck, Amelia Clark, Collett, Liu, Shah, Sturgeon, Trinklein, Wheeler and Emily Roney. The combo team of Diya Banerjee, Kate Dalia, Sarah Dittmeier, Jessie Kravet, Alexandra Lin, Isabella Montgomery, Jennifer ONeill and Ophelie Tousignant finished 13th. In the figures event, Baranski took third and Drew finished fifth.
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