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Sync Swim: The Few and The Proud

By Victoria K. Anderson

TEAM MEMBER

With only two members of the club competing, the MIT Synchronized Swimming Club scored four points to place 20th out of 29 squads overall and 11th out of 20 club teams at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships March 25-27 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Ohio State University won their 21st national championship with 95 points while the University of Florida scored 39 points to take the top spot among the club teams.

Although the entire MIT team qualified and several squads brought the maximum of twenty competitors allowed, only two team members (who performed one duet and one solo routine) elected to compete due to the conflict with MIT’s spring break. However, this setback did not prevent MIT from continuing its strong presence in the technical figures category, as their average score of 60.797 in the intermediate division placed them sixth overall and third among club teams. Individually, Victoria K. Anderson G (61.182) was 17th, and Cilanne E. Boulet G (60.411) was 19th.

In the routine competition, Anderson finished 19th overall in the solo competition with a score of 75.0 while the duet of Anderson and Boulet was 25th overall with a score of 75.2. In earning that score, they posted two 8.0s and topped duets from several varsity squads including Walsh University, Carleton College, and Wheaton College.

At the conclusion of the meet, both athletes were honored as Academic All-Americans. The 100 percent rate of recognition was the highest of any squad at the championships.

Prior to their departure for nationals, MIT sent a full squad to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships March 19-20 at Cornell University. Despite a disappointing finish in the team routine competition, MIT finished seventh overall with 42.5 points, just barely topping Boston University’s 42 points in the 12-team field.

The team’s success at the meet was strongly dependent upon their showing in the technical figure categories, as they took first in the novice category (58.363), second in the junior category (68.784), and third in the intermediate category (63.647). Individually, Alice Wuu ’05 placed fifth in the novice category with a score of 59.888, while Lesley D. Frame ’04 was 12th (58.259), and Leah C. Blasiak G was 15th (56.941). In the intermediate category, Anderson was sixth (64.108), and Boulet was eighth (63.186) while Lindsey R. Sheehan ’07 was 15th in the junior division (68.784).

In routine competition, Anderson placed seventh in solo (76.167) and teamed with Boulet for a tenth-place finish in duet (74.5). The trio of Blasiak, Frame, and Wuu finished 11th (69.667) while their team routine with Anderson, Boulet, and Sheehan finished tenth (70.667).

Although the competition season concluded with nationals last weekend, the team will be sponsoring an informal class for students at the Zesiger Center pool from 1-2 p.m. on Sundays. No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to take part in the team’s water show on April 24.