The Andover Townsman
---- — Members of the newly formed Optima Synchro Swim Team have kicked off their season with impressive results.
At the recent National Team Skills Competition held in New Canaan, Conn., six swimmers from the 13-to-15 age group and eight swimmers from the 11-to-12 age group earned spots in the first phase of the National Trials, to be held in California in February.
Two of the athletes from the group are currently members of the 2013 11-to-12 Age Group National Team, with another swimmer a former National Team member. All of the team members are excited to have the honor to compete at such a high-level event with the top 75 swimmers from all over the country.
Optima Synchro continued its success at the first figure meet of the season at Wheaton College in Norton on Nov. 23. The swimmers took five of five awards in the 10-and-under age group, six of eight awards in the 11-to-12 age group, five of eight awards in the 13-to-15 age group and two of eight awards in the 16-to-17 age group.
The Optima Synchro team members who placed at the top of their categories are:
Ages 10 and under
Gold: Julia Paradis of North Andover; Silver: Bonnie Li of Concord; Bronze: Jessica Guo of Andover; Fourth: Alice Fan of Andover
Ages 11 and 12
Bronze: Helen Zhou of Westford; Fourth: Krystal Qiao of Chelmsford
Ages 13 to 15
Gold: Lindi Schroeder of Andover; Bronze: Melissa Zhang of Andover; Fourth: Reverie Nedde of Andover
Next up for the club is the New England Senior/Junior Championship in Beverly on Jan. 18.
Optima Synchro swimmers practice three to four hours a day, three to five days a week at local pools. For more information, contact head coach Svetlana Malinovskaya at email@example.com or 978-809-7150.