Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 19, 2014

ANA Synchro swims strong at qualifier; advances to next round

The entire squad of ANA Synchro Age Group athletes placed in the top three at this spring’s qualifying meet to advance to the next round on their way to the National Age Group Championships in Seattle later this month.

Over 100 local athletes from nine teams competed in the New England Synchronized Swimming Association’s North/South Age Group Championships this spring in Worcester. Athletes had to place in the top three of their events to advance to the regionals, which were held last month in Billerica.

Head coach Leah Pinette, who is in her first year with ANA Synchro after spending nine years on the U.S. National team, said she was pleased with her squad’s showing at the regionals. Pinette was captain of the 2011-2012 U.S. Olympic Selection Team.

ANA Synchro teams that advanced to the National Age Group Championship included: Second place 13-15 Age Group team of Kyra Donahue, Helen He, Lakshita Motwani, Emerald Tan, Katie Wojcik and Melinda Zhang; first place 16-17 Age Group team of Gates Bryan, Courtney Chan, Laila Cross, Epke Paquette and Naomi Turner; and second place 18-19 Age Group team of Nicole Carzo, Evan Costanzo, Sachiko Hagiya, Sophia Ju, Lily Koenig, Gloria McNamara, Kate Quinn, Maxie Zimmerman and Grace Alwan.

ANA Synchro soloists who advanced were: Ruby Remati, first, 11-12 Age Group; Donahue, third; 13-15 Age Group; Quinn, first, 16-17 Age Group; and McNamara, first, 18-19 Age Group.

ANA Synchro duets that moved on were Wojcik and Zhang, third, 11-12 Age Group; Ju and Alwan, second, 13-15 Age Group; Bryan and Turner, third, 16-17 Age Group; and Carzo and Costanzo, second, 16-17 Age Group.

ANA Synchro trios that advanced were Alwan, Ju and Remati, second, 13-15 Age Group; and Carzo, Zimmerman, and Hagiya, first, 16-17 Age Group.

ANA Synchro’s Intermediate athletes also competed at the 2014 East Zone Region D Intermediate Championships last month in Billerica.

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