ANA Synchro, the synchronized swim team from the Andover/North Andover YMCA, is readying to head to Riverside, Calif., to compete at the largest synchronized swim meet in the country, the U.S. Age Group Nationals.
ANA Synchro achieved the final qualification to swim at the nationals, June 21 through 29, after a standout performance at the New England Synchronized Swimming Association Regional Championship meet recently held in Worcester.
The regional championship was one of the toughest of the season for the competitors. But ANA Synchro not only qualified to compete at the nationals, the local teams took home gold medals in nearly every age category offered, winning more overall points than any other team present by a wide margin.
It’s been back in the pool ever since for the teams, as they have prepared for the national stage and to take on the best teams from across the country.
NESSA Regional Championship Results
Gold: Evan Costanzo, Maxie Zimmerman and Kate Quinn, all of North Andover; Nicole Carzo, Sachiko Hagiya and Gloria McNamara, all of Andover; Lily Koenig of Boxford, and Anna Barnes of Ipswich
Silver: Lily Zemelko of Derry, N.H.; Francesca Sajedi of Acton, Gates Bryan, Naomi Turner, Sabrina Ho and Lacey Kirks, all of Andover; Kathleen Qiao of Chelmsford, Lucy Yu of North Andover
Trio — Gold: Sabrina Ho, Kathleen Qiao, Lucy Yu; Fourth: Lily Zemelko, Francesca Sajedi, Lacey Kirks
Duet — Gold: Evan Costanzo, Anna Barnes; Bronze: Maxie Zimmerman, Kate Quinn
Solo — Silver: Gloria McNamara; Fourth: Lily Zemelko
Figures — Gold: Kate Quinn; Bronze: Anna Barnes; Fourth: Gloria McNamara
Gold: Jillian Bohrer of North Andover, Jessica and Monica Alvarado of Methuen; Caitlin Klauer, Kimberly Feng, Lindi Schroeder, Georgina Hutchison and Melissa Zhang, all of Andover
Silver: Grace Alwan, Sophia Ju, Reverie Nedde and Anna Lang, all of Andover; Epke Paquette of Groveland, Alicia Yang of Acton and Jennifer Li of Concord