Rebecca Ercoli recently concluded her eighth season as Wheaton's head synchronized swimming coach in 2014-15.
This past season, Wheaton finished in a tie for fifth place at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships. The Lyons tied the University of Florida for fifth place, which matched its highest finish at nationals since 2001-2002. The Blue and White's fifth place performance also marked the highest placement at nationals for Ercoli since she took over the program in 2007-2008.
Wheaton also posted its 27th straight top-10 performance at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships and 29th overall in program history this past winter. In addition to their top-5 finish at nationals, the Lyons claimed their first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship and first East Regional title since 1991 earlier this year on February 28.
Ercoli has coached three national champions, two national team members, one U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year, two All-Americans, 21 All-Collegiate student-athletes and 31 All-Academic student-athletes during her time at Wheaton. Christiana Butera '12, who claimed U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors in 2012, was also one of 12 athletes selected to represent her country at the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships in July 2011, while Laura Montes '10 represented Puerto Rico from 2000-06 and 2010.
In addition to her coaching duties, Ercoli also served as the education chair of the New England Synchronized Swimming Association (NESSA). She previously served on the NCAA subcommittee for the sport and was the collegiate chair for U.S. Synchronized Swimming. Ercoli holds a Level 2 USA Synchro Coaching certification and also is lifeguard/waterfront certified.
In 2011, Ercoli was awarded the U.S. Collegiate Contributor award for her overall contributions to the sport of synchronized swimming.
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.
Along with her collegiate honors, Ercoli was awarded the Florida Association Athlete of the Year award in 2002.
|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)|
|2014||U.S. Collegiate Championship
||6th (46.0 Points)|
|2015||U.S. Collegiate Championship
||T-5th (50.5 Points)|
Laura Montes is in her fourth 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 seconds 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.