Lindenwood, Santa Clara Take Top Honors At US National Championships
ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Swimmers from Lindenwood University and the Santa Clara Aquamaids were the big winners this weekend at the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships.
The event included the U.S. Senior National Championships, U.S. Junior National Championships and U.S. 13-15 National Championships.
Senior National Championships
Lindenwood University swimmers won solo, duet and team and were the High Point team with 92 points.
Alyson Haylor won gold in solo with 149.1545 points, and teammate Daniela Garmendia took silver at 146.3314. Gator Synchro’s Yoojung Rhee earned bronze at 143.8011. Haylor was the Individual High Point winner.
Lindenwood swept the podium in duet, with Kyra Hoevertsz and Sarah Rodriguez winning with 149.6618 points. Garmendia and Marialaura Villasana (149.3818) were second, and Coral Alonso and Maria Victoria Vasquez (141.4819) finished third.
Lindenwood University won the team event with 151.9593 total points, followed by the University of Arizona (140.6254) and Indy Synchro (134.6268).
Junior National Championships
Jacklyn Luu won four medals to help lead Santa Clara to a dominating performance with 120 total points as the High Point team. Walnut Creek was second with 61.
Luu and Rachel Lau won duet and were members of the Aquamaids squad that won the free combo, which combined junior and senior swimmers. Luu also won gold in the team competition and finished second in solo. Lau won bronze in solo.
Optima Synchro’s Caitlin Klauer won solo with 146.7697 points. Luu had 146.6181 points and Lau 145.1879.
Lau and Luu led a Santa Clara sweep in duet, winning with 147.9031 points. Emily Anger and Hailee Heinrich (145.1364) finished second, and Camryn Carrasco and Rachel Ye (143.9152) were third.
The Santa Clara Aquamaids scored 145.9348 points to win the team event on Saturday, followed by Walnut Creek (140.6228) and New Canaan (135.6030). Santa Clara (78.4333) also won the free combo, while Walnut Creek (75.2333) finished second and La Mirada (74.3667) third.
13-15 National Championships
Santa Clara’s Nicole Goot and Hannah Heffernan won three gold medals and Ruby Remati, a member of the U.S. Senior National Training Squad, won solo in the 13-15 division of the championships. The Aquamaids topped the leaderboard with 124 points. Walnut Creek was second (64) and the Coral Springs Aquacades (38) and La Mirada Aquabelles (38) finished tied for third.
Goot and Heffernan took the duet with 141.9417 points and also were members of the Aquamaids squad that won team and free combo. Abigail Kartzinel and Nicole Meza of the La Mirada Aquabelles (141.6622) earned silver in duet, followed by Santa Clara’s Chiara Steele and Marilyn Weaver (138.3822). Steele and Weaver also won two golds in team and combo.
Remati scored 145.6235 points to win the solo competition. Walnut Creek’s Yara Elian finished second at 142.9690, and Goot was third at 142.6567.
Santa Clara topped the team competition with 140.5025 points, with La Mirada (139.5757) taking silver and Walnut Creek (137.0674) earning bronze. Santa Clara also won the free combo with 71.6333 points, followed by Walnut Creek (70.3000) and the New Canaan Y Aquianas (67.5667).
For full results, go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/2017/April/04/2017-US-Nationals.