Synchronized Swimming Concludes Season at U.S. Nationals

Photo by Keith Nordstrom
Photo by Keith Nordstrom

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."

"Mackin and Zimmerman each had four swims to compete in, one tech solo, one tech duet, one free solo and one free duet," continued Ercoli. "It goes without saying that learning two new routines in one week and adding synchronization with a partner isn't easy. I was proud to see them take the Wheaton program in such a positive direction."
"We are all looking forward to showing up next season with more preparation under our belt. That, partnered with more experience is sure to help us become the team we want to be at this meet. Being a young group, I'm excited to see what the future will bring for these incredible student-athletes. They have all the determination, motivation and talent to become some of Wheaton's top performers."
Wheaton concluded the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Championships earning sixth place overall in March, making it their 29th straight year of placing in the top 10.
"Our goal for the season was to be noticed and bring a new life to the program," concluded Ercoli. "With our dedicated returners and our passionate first-year student-athletes, we absolutely made it happen. We created a tough competition schedule filled with meets against the countries top performers."

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.

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