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New Canaan Synchro Swimmers Take First At National Meet

Erin Wheeler, Emily Roney and Renee Collett, who compete for the New Canaan Aquianas Synchronized Swim team, took first in the 16-17 age group at the recent national championships. Photo Credit: Contributed by Marnie Flynn
The 16-17 age group team finished third. Photo Credit: Contributed by Marnie Flynn

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Members of the New Canaan YMCA Aquianas Synchronized Swimming Team earned first place in the 16/17 trio event at the 2013 eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships.

The team of Renee Collett, Emily Roney and Erin Wheeler placed first in a field of 37 trios from around the country. The New Canaan trio of Diya Banerjee, Alexandra Lin and Isabella Montgomery finished seventh.

The 16-17 age group team of Banerjee, Collett, Lin, Montgomery, Roney and Wheeler placed third in a field of 29 teams. Roney placed third in the solo event and finished fourth in figures. In the duet event, Alice Chidley and Montgomery took sixth out of 41 routines.

The 11-12 age group finsihed seventh out of 32 teams.  Team members were Claire Batchelor, Eileen Flynn, Sarah Hoyt, Audrey Millar, Nina Robbe, Eva Spangler, Emmanuella Tchakmakjian, Nicole Vanderlee and alternate Carly Legenzowski.

Flynn and Tchakmakjian earned fifth place and Millar and Vanderlee took 10th in the duet. In the trio event, Batchelor, Flynn and Millar placed ninth of 37 teams. Tchakmakjian, a member of the 11-12 National Team and East Zone 11-12 Age Group All-Star Team, earned sixth place in the solo competition and 11th place in the figures event.

The 18-19 age group duet of Rebecca Trinklein and Wheeler took fifth out of 29 routines.

The two 13-15 age group teams made strong showings. In the preliminary competition out of a field of 39 teams, the team of Alice Chidley, Katie Farrell, Emma Flynn, Camilla Kline, Lauren La Porta, Sierra Rojas-Thomas, Teresa Salamone and Hannah Vogel (with alternates Jessica Moss and Alexandra Poteet) finished in 16th place. The team of Olivia Buckley, Kate Chidley, Katherine Connolly, Brooke Glatzhofer, Rachel Panzano, Katherine Reiter, Olivia Weiss and Eliza Wetmore placed 20th.

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