NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College synchronized swimming team swept the competition at the East Zone Collegiate Regional Championships on Saturday, successfully defending their title for the third straight year. Claiming every top spot in competition, the Lyons sealed the victory and went home with another regional crown.
Senior Emma Willing, first-year Elizabeth Pugliese and first-year Emma Stump had a triumphant performance to win the trio competition with a final score of 65.3333. Following next was the University of Pennsylvania (second) and Penn State (third).
In solos, Wheaton was guided by Mackin who was victorious when she registered a 70.9667 final for first place. She was followed by Zimmerman who sealed second place with a 68.3667 final.
The Lyons dived into the pool one more time for the team routine where their performance excited the crowd and earned them a huge first place finish to conclude the meet with a 68.0833 final score thanks to first-year Savannah Cornelius, Mackin, senior Emmeli Gordon, Willing, Pugliese, Zimmerman and Stump.
The road to nationals officially arrives March 23-25 as the Lyons compete at Ohio State for the 2017 U.S. Collegiate National Championship, hosted in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.