Canisius Colleges Takes Home 17th Straight ECAC Synchronized Swimming Title
BOSTON, Mass. - The Canisius College synchronized swimming team captured its 17th consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Boston University Aquatic Center. The Golden Griffins scored 101 points to finish first.
The Golden Griffins have won every ECAC team crown since the inception of the event in 1998. Canisius won the solo, duet, trio, team, A-figures, and B-figures routines. They took the top-two slots in the A-figures, and swept the top-five places in the B-figures.
In the team portion of the championship, the Griffs swam to a first-place finish with a total score of 83.68. Wheaton College was 5.82 points behind in second with a score of 77.86. The Griffs’ winning team routine included seniors Deanna DeSimone (Athens, N.Y.), Morgan Lebrecht (Troy, N.Y.), Jessica Mancini (Andover, Mass.), Viktoria Mironova (Moscow, Russia), and Svetlana Ponkratova (Himki, Russia), and sophomores Laura Schmidt (Nashua, N.H.), Laina Gray (North Andover, Mass.), and Kristin Oswald (Geneva, N.Y.).
Canisius took the top-two spots in the trio routine. Only 5.22 points separated the two groups as Ponkratova, Schmidt, and Gray won with a score of 81.98, while Mancini, Lebrecht, and DeSimone posted a score of 76.76 to finish second.
Gray and Mancini paired up to take first in the duet routine with a score of 81.90. The Wheaton College duo of Nicole Chicoine (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Janine Kopeski (Sterling, Mass.) placed second at 73.36, while their teammates Emma Willing (Branchport, N.Y.) and Holly Wagman (York, Pa.) took third with a score of 69.74.
In the solo routine, Ponkratova registered another first-place finish for Canisius with a score of 82.00, edging Schmidt by 4.92 points as she finished second at 77.08. Wheaton’s Kayla Moses was third at 75.62.
The Blue and Gold will conclude the 2014 season at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships to be held March 19-22 in Oxford, Ohio.
|University of Pennsylvania
|College of William & Mary||33.0|