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Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
Synchro swimmers hold their heads high at Hilton Invitational
by Randy Pascal

Members of the Sudbury Synchro Club - athletes, parents, coaches - are excited. Understandably so.

The northern Ontario synchronized swim club, which struggles on occasion to remain competitive with the larger, more well-established teams in the southern parts of the province, recently returned from the 2015 Hilton Worldwide Invitational with three top six podium placements.

Competing in a field of 15 teams, the 13-15 girls ranked fourth overall with a score of 61.3667, trailing only Kitchener-Waterloo Synchro, Toronto Synchro and Gloucester Synchro.

The team of ten swimmers, Sarah Ieropoli, Kamryn Butler, Stacie Kohan, Emily Binks, Georgia Speck, Laurel Duguay, Mya Duguay, Katherine Caddel, Megan Sarmatiuk and Bronwyn Ashley performed exceptionally well for coaches Chelsea Wandziak and Courtney Stasiuk.

Laurel Duguay and Georgia Speck then doubled their podium count, finishing sixth in a field of 21 in the 13-15 duet competition. Their score of 59.80 was just enough to edge out pairings from Guelph Synchro (59.70), Granite Synchro (59.43) and Gloucester Synchro (59.37).

Matched up against sixteen competitors, Stacie Kohan placed sixth in the 11-12 solo final, earning a score of 57.1667, half a point back of Niah Marshall of Durham, and half a point ahead of Anna Doneva of Mississauga.

The 11 year-old Sudbury crew (Anya Dowe, Maeve Caddel, Rebecca Haferer, Alexa Bates, Noelle Tiangco, Sofya Mishchenko, Madison Hood, Amy Lacelle) also cracked the top ten, finishing eighth, as the local club featured entries in eight different events in Etobicoke.

Following are the remainder of the results for Sudbury Synchro:

13-15 Duet - Kamryn Butler/Mya Duguay (12th)

16-20 Duet - Katherine Caddel/Megan Sarmatiuk (12th)

10 And Under - Kaydence Aubin/Lily Burns/Ava Hodgins/Emilie Ladouceur/Maxine Lafleur/Lana Squires (14th)

11-12 Duet - Emily Binks/Sarah Ieropoli (17th)

In addition to Chelsea Wandziak and Courtney Stasiuk, the Sudbury coaches included Dana Yawney, Lindsay Wandziak, Candace Larochelle and Amy Mitchell.

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