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Monday, Mar. 18, 2019
A different kind of Amazing Race for Sudbury Synchro Club
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Synchro Swim Club (SSSC) is all about the amazing race.

The local crew were featured when the well-known TV show (The Amazing Race Canada) included a session of synchronized swimming as part of the Sudbury edition of the program, which aired back in August.

But now that the competitive season has begun, the SSSC are pursuing a race of a different kind, looking to close the gap on many of the more well-established clubs across the province.

Based on the results from the Lisa Alexander East Meet last weekend, the Sudbury crew are well on their way to their final destination.

Led by a fourth place finish by Georgia Speck (4th among 148 competitors) in the Age 13-15 division, head coach Lindsay Wandziak and the Sudbury Synchro team posted some impressive highlights in Nepean.

The entire quartet of local swimmers in the Age 11-12 category placed in the top half of the field, including Amy Lacelle (15th) and Madison Hood (20th). The 13-15 grouping did one better, sending six athletes to the event, all of whom cracked the top-50.

The largest contingent from this neck of the woods came in the youngest of the age brackets, with ten young Sudburians among the 129 swimmer field that comprised the Age 10 and Under classification.

Perhaps even more meaningful for the Sudbury Synchro Swim Club was the fact that it was awarded the Mya Gerow Award for finishing as the top fundraising club in the Burning Bright Breast Cancer Campaign.

The venture is near and dear to many of the parents in this area, with the award named in honour of a swimmer parent, from Sudbury, who lost succumbed to her battle with breast cancer a few years back.

Following are complete results - scores and finishing placements - for all SSSC members who competed:

Age 10 and Under (129 participants)
Lana Squires 44th with a mark of 53.7880
Emilie Ladouceur 55th with a mark of 52.2980
Kaydence Aubin 75th with a mark of 50.7250
Maxine Lafleur 80th with a mark of 50.1200
Ava Hodgins 87th with a mark of 48.8550
Julianne Crittenden 88th with a mark of 48.8320
Lily Burns 90th with a mark of 48.6910
Heidi Fink 104th with a mark of 46.5130
Amy Seguin 117th with a mark of 43.7630
Rachelle Prevost 120th with a mark of 40.8570
*some of the Sudbury swimmers were competing in their very first meet

Age 11-12 (117 participants)
Amy Lacelle 15th with a mark of 56.3510
Madison Hood 20th with a mark of 55.9160
Sofya Mishchenko 39th with a mark of 53.3510
Maeve Caddel 52nd with a mark of 52.5160

Age 13-15 (148 participants)
Georgia Speck 4th with a mark of 62.5000
Laurel Duguay 17th with a mark of 59.5030
Sarah Ieropoli 18th with a mark of 59.4090
Stacie Kohan 26th with a mark of 58.6560
Bronwyn Ashley 33rd with a mark of 58.0520
Emily Binks 49th with a mark of 56.7730

Age 16-20 (68 participants)
Megan Sarmatiuk 57th with a mark of 55.6420

The Sudbury Synchro Club is back on the road this coming weekend, heading to Waterloo for an invitational meet. The 11-12 team and duets, as well as the 13-15 team and duets, will be attending.

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