ORO VALLEY, Ariz. - The Wheaton College synchronized swimming team concluded the 2016-17 season at the U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Championships, hosted in Oro Valley, Ariz. earlier this month. Wheaton's sophomore Margy Mackin, first-year Emma Stump and first-year Maxie Zimmerman competed in the Senior Nationals section of the meet.
"It was an exciting meet in many ways," said head coach Rebecca Ercoli. "Given that our student-athletes had to choreograph, learn and compete in a technical routine within 10 days after the U.S. Collegiate Nationals, I'd say they performed well. It was quite inspiring to watch them return to the pool to start work on their Senior National debut as Wheaton representatives."
Stump, Mackin and Zimmerman each competed in the solo technical and solo finals for Senior Nationals.
"Stump was able to use a solo from a previous year and quickly learned a tech solo. I was very impressed with her ability to stay mentally tough and positive, given the set backs that were out of her control. She handled the added pressure like a true athlete and had two beautiful swims to end her first season at Wheaton."
The U.S. National meet was fully funded by the student-athletes and in order to qualify, the Lyons had to place in the top three at the East Zone Regional Championships.