March 6, 2011

Host Wheaton takes second at ECAC Championship and East Collegiates

NORTON, Mass. - The host Wheaton College synchronized swimming team wrapped up the combined Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship and East Collegiate Regional with a runner-up finish on Sunday afternoon in Balfour Natatorium.

Racking up 84 points, the Lyons placed second to Division I Canisius College, which totaled 100 points.  The College of William & Mary came in third with 71 points.

Wheaton notched three runner-up marks and one third-place result during Saturday's routines portion of the meet.  Junior co-captain Christiana Butera (San Diego, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) had a hand in all three runner-up showings, taking second in the solo with 87.167 points while joining sophomore co-captain Kirsten Wendth (Waterford, N.Y./Shenendehowa) for a second-place score of 84.333 points in duet.

In the team competition, the duo sided with junior Anastasia Hare (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Seminary), sophomores Christine Dyster (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol), Rebecca Gordon (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) and Elizabeth Watkins (Indianapolis, Ind./University High School of Indiana), and freshmen Nicole Chicoine (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa) and Holly Wagman (York, Pa./Dallastown Area) for a runner-up mark of 85.667 points.

Wheaton's trio routine that consisted of Chicoine, Dyster and Wendth took third with 81.000 points, while Gordon finished third in solo with 81.333 points.

During Sunday's figures, the Lyons secured titles in both the C and D categories.  In C, Chicoine won the event with 66.211 points and was followed by Dyster's 66.032.  Hare came in fourth with 64.415 points.  In D, Wagman totaled 61.414 points to best 27 other swimmers.

During A figures, Butera finished second to a Canisius swimmer with 75.514 points.  In B, Gordon notched a runner-up score of 68.002 points, which was 0.042 points shy of the leader.

The three-day U.S. Collegiate Championship is next up for the Lyons, who begin their quest for a 22nd consecutive top-10 finish on Thursday, March 17.

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