Rebecca Ercoli enters her seventh season as Wheaton's head synchronized swimming coach in 2013-14 after pushing the Lyons to a top-10 finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship for the 25th consecutive season last year. After placing ninth in 2009 and seventh in 2010, the Lyons finished sixth in 2011, marking the third consecutive year the team had improved upon the previous year's finish. Last season, Wheaton finished sixth, one spot ahead of its 2012 placement.
In addition to the Lyons' success as a team last year, Ercoli also saw one of her athletes named U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year. Christiana Butera '12 was also one of 12 athletes selected to represent her country at the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships in July 2011.
Currently the collegiate chair for U.S. Synchronized Swimming, Ercoli also serves as the education chair for the New England Synchronized Swimming Association (NESSA). She previously served on the NCAA subcommittee for the sport.
A four-year synchronized swimmer at regional rival Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., Ercoli was an assistant coach with the program in 2006-07. Among her main tasks at Keuka were structuring practices and implementing new workout routines. She also coached and choreographed routines for the Keuka Kokanees Age Group squad from 2002-07 and began designing routines for Keuka as a freshman.
A three-year captain at Keuka, Ercoli advanced to the third phase of tryouts for the U.S. Senior National team in 2007. She also coached a team at the Empire State Games in Binghamton, N.Y., in 2006.
Ercoli was the Keuka program's recruiting coordinator during her freshman and sophomore seasons and, after just her freshman year of college, she served as the communications director of Keuka's synchronized swimming camp in the summer of 2003.
She was among the top seven soloists in the nation at the U.S. Collegiate Championship each of her final three seasons and half of a top-11 duet on three occasions. Keuka recorded a top-10 finish each of her four years, placing as high as fifth during her senior campaign.
Ercoli made an appearance at the U.S. National Championship as both a junior and senior. She was voted Keuka Athlete of the Year by her peers following her senior season. An organizational communications major, Ercoli graduated from Keuka in May 2006.
|2008||U.S. Collegiate Championship - 8th (37 Points)|
|2009||U.S. Collegiate Championship - 9th (33.5 Points)|
|2010||U.S. Collegiate Championship - 7th (45.5 Points)|
|2011||U.S. Collegiate Championship - 6th (48.5 Points)|
|2012||U.S. Collegiate Championship - 7th (46 Points)|
|2013||U.S. Collegiate Championship - 6th (47.5 Points)|
Laura Montes is in her third season on the synchronized swimming coaching staff.
A 2010 Wheaton graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science, Montes helped lead the Lyons to four top-nine national finishes at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. Captaining the team during her junior and senior seasons, she also earned all-collegiate honors each of her four years.
During her junior year, Montes performed solo and team routines during the U.S. National Championship. The team routine was the first performed by Wheaton at the meet since 1996.
Following graduation, Montes served as a member of Puerto Rico's national synchronized swimming team. She previously competed internationally as a member of Puerto Rico's national team from 2000-06.
Kirsten Wendth begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Wheaton College synchronized swimming team.
A 2013 Wheaton graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Wendth aided the Lyons to four top-ten finishes at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. During that time, Wendth earned three U.S. Synchro All-Collegiate honors and was named to the U.S. Synchro Swimming Collegiate All-Academic team all four years. Wendth is only one of four student-athletes in the history of the program to earn All-Academic team accolades every year as a member of the team.