Lindenwood University Wins First US Collegiate Title
OXFORD, Ohio - Lindenwood
University swept the solo, duet, trio and team events at the 2014 U.S.
Collegiate National Synchronized Swimming Championships on Saturday to claim
its first synchro national title.
Lady Lions capped the day by edging two perennial powerhouses by one-tenth of a
point in the team competition. The Lindenwood squad of Reem Abdalazem, Irene Beaus,
McKinzie Chelberg, Anouk Eman, Alyson Haylor, Amanda Mendez, Laia Pons
and Dennise Ramirez scored 88.6000
points while Stanford and Ohio State finished tied for second at 88.5000.
captured the Team Trophy with 96 points, followed by Ohio State (91), Stanford
(72), Canisius College (62) and The University of The Incarnate Word (56).
State’s Yuliya Maryanko, who
finished second in solo, duet and trio, claimed the Individual High Point Award
with 61 points.
Mary Killman, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won
gold in solo, duet and trio on Saturday. She took the solo title at
90.4500 points, while OSU’s Maryanko (88.0500) was second and Canisius College’s Svetlana Ponkratova (84.8000) finished
teamed with Abdalazem, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian for Egypt, to win duet with
89.3500 points. OSU’s Maryanko and Lorraine
Hack, a member of the U.S. National Squad, took second at 86.9000, and
Stanford’s Isabella Park and Marisa Tashima finished third at
Killman, Eman and Ramirez topped two Ohio State trios to win the event with
88.6000 points. OSU’s Elizabeth Davidson,
Hack and Maryanko finished second (88.0500), and teammates Emma Baranski, Lauren
Nicholson and Khadija Zanotto
were third (86.5000). Davidson and Baranski are also members of the U.S.
swimmers earned All-America and All-Collegiate status at the conclusion of the
national championships, which were held at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center
on the campus of Miami University:
Lorraine Hack, Ohio State; Emma Baranski, Ohio State; Elizabeth Davidson, Ohio State; Isabella Park, Stanford; Megan Hansley, Stanford; Marisa Tashima, Stanford; Evelyna Wang, Stanford; Mary Killman, Lindenwood; Lauren Nicholson, Ohio State; Khadija Zanotto, Ohio State; Dennise Ramirez, Lindenwood; Morgan Boneberg, Ohio State; Leigh Haldeman, Stanford; Katy Wiita, The University of The
NCAA Division 1: Yuliya Maryanko (61 points), Ohio State; Lorraine Hack (57), Ohio State; Emma Baranski (53), Ohio State.
NCAA Division 2/NAIA: Mary Killman (45), Lindenwood; Reem
Abdalazem (43), Lindenwood; Anouk Eman
NCAA Division 3: Emma Willing (22), Wheaton College; Kayla Moses (20), Wheaton College; Nicole Chicoine (13), Wheaton College
Club: Kimberly Goyack (22), University of Florida; Melanie Watkins (18), University of Florida; Daniela De Faria (17), University of Florida
Baranski was first in the A Figures competition on Friday with
82.5260 points. Rounding out the top 5 were Killman (81.8594), Maryanko
(80.8646), Davidson (79.1094) and Ponkratova (78.9844).
In B Figures, Ohio State’s Julia Gaylard topped the competition with 69.0536 points. Joining
her in the top 5 were Lindenwood’s Caroline
Heisterova (68.6696), Ohio State’s Alexa
Aton (67.8214), The University of The Incarnate Word’s Emilee Wills (67.3661) and Colorado State’s Kellie Stump (67.2054).
University of Florida’s Amelia
Schlak won C Figures at 64.1534, followed by University of Arizona’s Vanden Berge (63.2273), Wheaton
College’s Nicole Chicoine (62.6761),
University of Richmond’s Katherine
Alexander (62.0852) and University of Arizona’s Lauren Meadows (62.0455).
In D Figures, University of Richmond’s Sophia Diamond won with 57.6159 points. Rounding out the top 5 were
University of Minnesota’s Marisa Lee
(57.4203), University of Arizona’s Kathryn
Surber (55.2464), Wheaton College’s Emmeli
Gordon (55.1957) and Miami University’s Claire Obertin (54.3188).
results, go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/2014/March/19/2014-US-Collegiate-Nationals.