Synchro Swim Team Places Sixth at URIBy Victoria K. Anderson
The MIT Synchronized Swimming team took sixth place out of 11 schools at the Collegiate East Regional Championships March 5-6 at the University of Rhode Island. Canisius, one of the strongest college varsity programs in the country, took first with 104 points, while the remaining varsity teams, Keuka, Wheaton, and Walsh, rounded out the top four.
The University of Pennsylvania placed the highest of any club program in fifth with 57.5 points; MIT scored 45.5 points to place sixth and surpass Boston University’s 40.5 points, while Millersville, Cornell, Penn State, and the University of Rhode Island closed out the final four team places. While accumulating points for the final team tally, MIT not only defeated four programs from Division I institutions, but also qualified six athletes and four routines for the National Championships March 24-27 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
MIT continued its dominance in the technical figure competitions, its strongest category from the Wheaton Invitational a week earlier. They swept all three technical categories that they entered, with average scores of 70.795, 63.242, and 57.087 in the senior, junior, and novice figure categories, respectively. Individually, Lindsey R. Sheehan ’07 (70.795) placed 16th in the senior division; Cilanne E. Boulet G (63.494) placed eighth and Victoria K. Anderson G (62.989) placed tenth in the junior division; Alice Wuu ’05 (60.427) placed fifth, Tenley D. McHarg ’04 (57.233) placed tenth, and Leah C. Blasiak G (53.600) placed 19th in the novice division.
In the routine competitions, Anderson took ninth in the solo competition with a score of 74.167 and teamed with Boulet to take tenth in the duet competition with a score of 71.500. Blasiak, McHarg, and Wuu finished 11th among the trios with a final score of 63.000. In the final event of the meet, Anderson, Blasiak, Boulet, McHarg, Sheehan, and Wuu finished with a final score of 73.000 in a team routine to place eighth out of 14 routines. They fell less than two points short of the top team routine from Boston University in the raw score total, a sizeable improvement from the four-point gap last weekend.
The team will take the next weekend off from competition prior to the ECAC Championships at Cornell University March 19-20. At that meet, they will attempt to maintain their winning streak in the technical competition categories and overtake Boston University in the team routine competion.