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Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Provincial gold medals a first for Sudbury Synchro Club
by Randy Pascal

There was more great news from the Sudbury Synchro Club, with the young ladies and their coaches in Etobicoke recently for the Ontario Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships. For the first time in club history, Sudbury is home to a gold medal winning provincial synchro team.

Competing in the 13-15 age bracket, the locals claimed top spot in the 14 year team category (final division eligibility is based on averaging the age of the swimmers on the team), following up a season high preliminary round score of 64.3662 for their routine with an even higher standard in the finals, scoring 65.1667.

Members of the championship team included Emily Binks, Megan Sarmatiuk, Amy Lacelle, Bronwyn Ashley, Laurel Duguay, Stacie Kohan, Sarah Ieropoli, Madison Hood, Georgia Speck and coach Chelsea Wandziak.

That same glut of talent also produced some impressive results in the duet competition, as Sudbury placed no less than three pairings in the top ten in the province, including the bronze medal winning tandem of Binks and Ieropoli (coached by Lindsay Wandziak).

Right on their heels were Duguay and Speck (coached by Kriistina Muinonen) in 5th place, and Hood and Lacelle (coached by Candace Larochelle) in 7th place. Over in the figures competitions, 12 year old Amy Lacelle would show the way, placing 5th in a grouping of 202 swimmers in the age 11/12 classification. Lacelle will be attending provincial team camp selection later this month.

Still with the 11/12 bracket and the figures, Lana Squires impressed with a 62nd placement in her first year in this division (score of 57.333), as did Mya Nebre (10 and under - 48/161 - 54.0835), Stacie Kohan (13-15 - 12/178 - 62.333) and Georgia Speck (13-15 - 29/178 - 61.0833).

Rounding out the deepest Sudbury group of the championships were Sarah Ieropoli (13-15 - 33/178 - 60.8355), Madison Hood (13-15 - 35/178 - 60.750) and Bronwyn Ashley (13-15 - 46/178 - 60.0833).

Finally, the young up and comers also got into the act, with the 10 and under team displaying a very polished swim, the result of a season of hard work. With a score of 54.033, the Sudbury crew placed ninth in a field of 25 teams, granted a pre-swim in the finals on Sunday.

The local sextet featured Sophia Flabiano, Rachelle Prevost, Julianne Crittenden, Amy Seguin, Heidi Fink and Mya Nebre.

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