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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Sudbury Synchro swimmers figure it out in Etobicoke
by Randy Pascal

Synchronized swimmers from across the province gathered in Etobicoke over the weekend, site of the Lisa Alexander Meet, an event that focuses solely on the “figures” element of synchronized swimming.

In the end, there is no denying that the Sudbury Synchro Club ranks among the very best in Ontario in producing top end technical swimmers, especially when compared on a “per capita” (per swimmer) standpoint.

Equally as pleasing for club officials is the fact that the success was wide spread, with many of their various age group athletes taking their rightful place among the provincial elite. With nine Sudbury swimmers among the field of 139 participants in the 13-15 grouping, local athletes produced no less than five top-20 placings, including a podium finish (6th overall) for Georgia Speck.

She was closely followed by Stacie Kohan (9th), Laurel Duguay (13th), Sarah Ieropoli (16th) and Emily Binks (17th). The 11-12 division included a total of 178 swimmers, including a quartet representing Sudbury Synchro, with Amy Lacelle topping the charts with an impressive bronze medal performance.

A total of eight athletes travelled from this area to compete in the 10 and under pool, with Emilie Ladouceur posting the best finish of the bunch, placing 16th. Following is a complete listing of Sudbury results:

10 and under age group (138 participants)
Emilie Ladoucer 16th (55.6534)
Lily Burns 34th (54.0266)
Maxine Lafleur 47th (52.3866)
Heidi Fink 57th (51.2132)
Amy Seguin 61st (51.0000)
Mya Nebre 86th (48.9600)*
Julianna Crittenden 93rd (48.1334)
Rachelle Prevost 104th (47.1464)
* first competitive meet

11-12 year age group (178 participants)
Amy Lacelle 3rd (60.5680)
Lana Squires 53rd (54.6356)**
Sophia Flabiano 102nd (51.4267)*
Chloe Cholette 133rd (48.9467)*
** first year in this age group

13-15 year age group (139 participants)
Georgia Speck 6th (63.0500)
Stacie Kohan 9th (62.6834)
Laurel Duguay 13th (61.7250)
Sarah Ieropoli 16th (61.3251)
Emily Binks 17th (61.2759)
Madison Hood 26th (59.7000)**
Bronwyn Ashley 46th (58.3418)
Gillian Franklin 95th (54.3961)
Maeve Caddel 116th (51.7584)**

16-20 age group (65 participants)
Megan Sarmatiuk 48th (57.4168)

At least as important to the Sudbury team, however, was the fact that they were recognized, yet again, as the recipient of the Myra Gerow Award, bestowed to the club which shows the way, in terms of their fundraising efforts, with the Burning Bright Breast Cancer Campaign.

The locals amassed an amazing total of more than $13,000 in memory of Gerow, a key volunteer with the Sudbury Synchro Club who lost her battle with cancer in 2011.

The team is back on the road this coming weekend, competing in Waterloo at the 22nd Annual Invitational Routine/Duet/Solo Meet.

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