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Local synchronized swimmers perform well at 2012 National Championships

San Dieguito Synchro Team members:  (back row from left) Lily Kreps, Carly Allen, Danielle Emma, Ellie Holtaway, Rebekka Williams, Kenna Osborn, Emma Chang, Caoimhe Gallahue, Lisa Orii; and front row from left:  Olivia Dalry, Samantha Whitley, Madison Gustini, Ainsleigh Douglas, Alexandra Suarez, M
San Dieguito Synchro Team members: (back row from left) Lily Kreps, Carly Allen, Danielle Emma, Ellie Holtaway, Rebekka Williams, Kenna Osborn, Emma Chang, Caoimhe Gallahue, Lisa Orii; and front row from left: Olivia Dalry, Samantha Whitley, Madison Gustini, Ainsleigh Douglas, Alexandra Suarez, Mia Gallahue, and Grace Lytle.

Sixteen members of San Dieguito Synchro participated in the U.S. Age Group National Synchronized Swimming Championships in Oxford, Ohio from June 22-26. This competition is the world’s largest synchronized swimming event.

Competing against the top synchronized swimmers in the nation, Ainsleigh Douglas earned San Dieguito Synchro two spots on the 11-12 age group national podium with 6th place in figures and 7th in solo. The team’s 11-12 age group trio of Madison Gustini, Alexandra Suarez, and Samantha Whitley placed 12th in the nation. The 13-15 age group team of Carly Allen, Emma Chang, Danielle Emma, Caoimhe Gallahue, Ellie Holtaway, Lily Kreps, Lisa Orii, Kenna Osborn, and Rebekka Williams earned a national ranking of 13th. Mia Gallahue, Grace Lytle, and Olivia Dalry also participated at this event with their 11-12 age group team. This was the fourth trip to the national championships for the local club, which was founded just eight years ago and now has over 50 swimmers.

Head coach Danielle Waite is excited for her teams. “The girls have worked very hard. I am so proud of their accomplishments!” she said.

San Dieguito Synchro will hold synchro summer camp again this year. Swimmers interested in trying this fun sport are invited to attend the club’s “Introduction to Synchronized Swimming Camp,” Aug. 6-9, at Cathedral Catholic High School.

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For information about the camp and the synchro programs, visit www.SDSynchro.org or contact Danielle Waite at Danielle@SDSynchro.org.


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