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New Canaan syncrhonized swimmers earn top finishes at national meet

The New Canaan Y Aquianas synchronized swimming team returned from the eSynchro National Synchronized Swimming championships in Federal Way, Wash. last week with several high-place finishes. The meet took place from June 27 through July 5 and featured the best synchronized swimmers ages 10-19 from coast to coast.

Of the two New Canaan teams in the 13-15 age group, one earned fourth place in the team routine, while the other took 15th place, both out of a field of 38 teams. The early fourth-place finish pushed New Canaan towards the top of the overall standings behind two California clubs that dominated the podium, Santa Clara and Walnut Creek. The fourth-place routine was swum by New Canaan's Katherine Connolly, Alex Poteet, Emmanuella Tchakmajkian and Eileen Flynn, Darien's Katie Chidley, Camilla Kline, and Eliza Wetmore, as well as Greenwich's Katie Farrell and Westport's Lauren LaPorta.

Poteet and Kline placed sixth overall in the duet routine with Chidley and Connolly close behind in ninth out of a field of 44 duets. The trio of Farrell, LaPorta and Wetmore swam to a seventh-place finish in their routine.

The 12-and-under team earned 10th place in a field of 32 team routines. The team consisted of Stamford natives Cecilia Coleman, Siri Forfang, and Kate Glatzhoffer, Westchester's Olivia Li and Iris Mousset, Nina Robbe of Ridgefield, and Eva Spangler from New Canaan. Li, Robbe and Spangler also received an eighth-place finish out of 38 trios.

The second 13-15 routine that earned a slot in the top 15 was swum by Claire Batchelor, Olivia Buckley, Audrey Millar, Rachel Panzano, Sophie Price, Katherine Reiter, Maddie Sturcke, Nicole Vanderlee, with alternates Katie Lydon and Larsen Kline. Each of those competitors came from New Canaan, except for Reiter, who hails from Stamford, and Kline, who hails from Darien.

"The fact that all three of our teams placed in the top 15 shows the depth of our club's bench," coach Jen Muzyk said. "This was a great way to cap off a strong season."

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