Synchronized Swimming Set To Host Wheaton Invitational

Lyons to welcome three teams to Balfour Natatorium

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College synchronized swimming team is set to host the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday, February 16 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 17 at 11 a.m. inside the Balfour Natatorium. The Lyons will welcome Boston University, Canisius College and Smith College to the pool this weekend.

WHEATON (Roster): The Lyons have competed in two meets so far this season at the New England Figure Meet on November 11, 2012 and also at the Canisius Invitational on February 2. Two weeks ago, Wheaton posted a second place finish overall recording 71 points. Canisius finished in first place with 87 points while Penn State ranked third with 19 points.

At the Canisius Invitational, sophomore Kayla Moses (East Greenbush, N.Y./CDYMCA Sculpins) and junior Nicole Chicoine (Santa Rosa, Calif./Red Wood Empire Synchro) placed second and third, respectively, in their solo routines as Moses compiled a score of 80.333 points and Chicoine recorded a score of 78.333 points.

WHEATON INVITATIONAL
ORDER OF EVENTS
Saturday, February 16 - 5 PM
      5:30 PM - Team Warm-Ups
      6:00 PM - A & B Figures
      7:00 PM - C & D Warm-Ups
      7:30 PM - C & D Figures
Sunday, February 17 - 11 AM
      11:00 AM - Warm-Ups
      12:00 PM - Trios, Duets
      & Solos Competitions
      1:45 PM - Team Warm-Ups
      2:15 PM - Team Competition
      Awards

In the duet routine, Moses and senior Kirsten Wendth (Waterford, N.Y./CDYMCA Sculpins) teamed up for a second place finish with a combined tally of 81.500 points. Wheaton also placed second overall in the team routine with 80.333 points.

At the New England Figure Meet, Wendth earned first place honors in the Collegiate B competition with a score of 65.565 points.

The Lyons also took the top-five overall spots in the Collegiate C competition with senior Christine Dyster (Tempe, Ariz./Arizona Desert Gems) leading the way in first place overall (57.637). Chicoine finished second with a score of 57.393, junior Holly Wagman (York, Pa./Pennsbury Falconettes) was third overall (56.405), sophomore Riley Callahan-Mayo (San Diego, Calif./San Diego Sweetwater Dolphins) ranked fourth (55.976) and fellow sophomore Janine Kopeski (Sterling, Mass./ANA Synchro) rounded out Wheaton's top-five performers with a score of 55.631.

Freshman Ann Marie Brasacchio (Sarasota, Fla.) also turned in a first place finish with a score of 57.562 in the Collegiate D competition.

Last season, the Lyons ranked second overall at the Wheaton Invitational behind Ohio State University. The Buckeyes scored 89.000 points, Wheaton had 87.000 points and Canisius compiled 86.833 points. In 2010-11, the Lyons topped a six-school field with 88 points at the Balfour Natatorium. Boston University placed second with 58 points while Penn State University finished third overall (45 points).

Since 2009-10, Wheaton has earned three-straight runner-up finishes at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. The Lyons have also placed inside the top-10 for three consecutive seasons at the U.S. Collegiate Championships placing as high as sixth place overall among several NCAA Division I programs in 2010-11.

Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24 at the Boston University Invitational with both dates scheduled for noon.

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