Wheaton Invitational Debuts MIT Sync-Swim
By Victoria K. Anderson
The MIT Synchronized Swimming Club made its competition debut at the Wheaton College Invitational on Feb. 28 with a strong third-place showing and a total of 69.5 points at the end of the meet. Host Wheaton was first in the total team scores with 94 points, Boston University finished second with 88 points, and the University of Rhode Island placed fourth behind MIT with 59 points.
MIT excelled in the technical figure portion of the competition, which involved each athlete performing a prescribed set of movements and positions individually before a panel of judges. In the novice figure category, MIT’s average score of 57.741 placed them well ahead of Wheaton’s 55.741 to give MIT first-place in the category. Individually, Alice Wuu ’05 was second with 58.063, Tenley D. McHarg ’04 was third with 57.979, Lesley D. Frame ’04 was fourth with 57.929, and Leah C. Blasiak G was seventh with 55.409. McHarg earned the highest score from any one judge in the novice figure category, scoring two 6.5s on one of her technical figures.
In the junior figure category, MIT was also first with an average score of 67.320, which edged out second-place Wheaton’s 66.928. Cilanne E. Boulet G was second with 67.937, and Victoria K. Anderson G was fourth with 66.703.
In the routine competition, MIT continued to accumulate points towards their final second-place finish. Frame, McHarg, and Wuu placed third in the trio competition with a score of 62.000, while Anderson and Boulet placed fourth in the duet competition, with 67.833, just one-point behind the second- and third-place duets from Boston University. In the solo competition, Anderson scored 68.500 for third place and Boulet scored 67.000 for fourth place. In the team competition, Anderson, Blasiak, Boulet, Frame, McHarg, and Wuu placed third out of five teams with a score of 68.333.
The club springs back into action March 5-6 for the East Regional Championships at the University of Rhode Island, where they will take on nine other schools and attempt to qualify several athletes for the Collegiate National Championships at the end of March in Ann Arbor, Michigan.