Figures and elements open the synchro swim season
by Randy Pascal
Led by the NextGen RTC talent that is Amy Lacelle, and a growing foundation of very competitive athletes, the Sudbury Synchro Club
returned from the Lisa Alexander Figure Meet in Etobicoke with eyes set on a whole slew of upcoming events in the new year.
Lacelle, who has been identified as part of Synchro Swim Ontario's 2018-2019 Tier System Pilot Project, finished 10th in a pool of 234 swimmers
participating in the 13-15 year age grouping, the local product recording a score of 68.0773.
The only other Sudbury representative in that same category, Madison Hood also showed well, sliding in at 63.5765, good for 63rd place in the
largest age bracket that was competing.
A delegation of 18 locals, including a handful that were either underaged or taking part in their first ever competitive meet (or both), innundated the
11-12 year division, with nine Sudburians cracking the top half of the field 198 strong.
Showing the way for Olympic Gold (Laurentian University) based crew were Emilie Ladouceur (25th - 59.4168), Maxine Lafleur (29th -
59.2083) and Heidi Fink (39th - 58.7918).
Also involved as 13-15 year old exhibition entries, the Sudbury trio of Sophia Flabiano (14th - 60.7083), Lana Squires (44th - 58.5208) and
Chloe Cholette (65th - 57.4583) also helped showcase the growth in synchronized swimming in northern Ontario.
Making the jump to the junior level, Stacie Kohan (38th of 120 - 67.1483) topped the list of local entries, with Georgia Speck (63rd -
64.9899), Emily Binks (70th - 64.0600) and Sarah Ieropoli (79th - 63.0616) all looking to close the gap in the elements showdown.
Elements are specific moves that are performed in a tech routine, similar to figures, but with quicker and hybrid movements. As for Amy Lacelle, her
schedule will be even more busy than the majority of her local teammates.
Athletes identified as prospective RTC Tier 3 Members are invited to participate in pre-scheduled training activities at the RTC (Regional Training
Centre), throughout the season, with the support of their home club programs and coaches, while also benefitting from the connection with the RTC.
Beyond their performance in the pool, the Sudbury Synchro Club continued to rank among the very best in the province when it comes to a common
fundraising goal within the synchronized swim community.
Taking part in the annual Burning Bright Breast Cancer Fundraiser earlier this fall, the locals contributed $ 21,632.17 to the pot, a total that
they attribute to the generous support of club members, athletes, volunteers, coaches, media and, of course, the Sudbury community.
Following are the remaining results, not listed above, from the Lisa Alexander Figure Meet:
Ages 11-12 (198 athletes)
Julianne Crittenden - 56.4375 (75th)
Amy Seguin - 56.1042 (80th)
Rachelle Prevost - 55.2085 (89th)
Lily Burns - 54.0415 (107th)
Eva Jessup - 53.7918 (109th)*
Lilliana MacIsaac - 53.7918 (111th)*
Sarah Crittenden - 53.3123 (118th)*
Isabella MacIsaac - 52.3750 (130th)**
Sophie Boucher - 51.8750 (139th)**
Olivia Burke - 51.6252 (144th)
Claire Sedgwick - 51.0415 (152nd)**
Bianca Oprisa - 44.4790 (192nd)* & **
* 10 years old
** first competitive meet
Juniors (120 athletes)
Maeve Caddel - 57.6067 (115th)
Gillian Franklin - 44.7275 (120th)