Synchronized Swimming Finishes 5th at Nationals; Best Finish Since 2015

Synchronized Swimming Finishes 5th at Nationals; Best Finish Since 2015

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Wheaton College synchronized swimming program concluded the 2019 US Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championship in fifth place, the programs best finish since 2015. The finish is tied for the best finish in program history with the Lyons finishing fifth a total of five times. Wheaton has now finished in the top-10 in the country for 30 straight seasons.

The Ohio State University won the event with 98 points, while Stanford took second place (88), Lindenwood finished third (70), Incarnate Word finished fourth (68), and Wheaton rounded out the top five with a score of 51.

 The Lyons were also represented on the All-Collegiate team with Maxie Zimmerman, Margy Mackin, and Tessa Lopresti earning the Division III honors.

In the team competitions, the Lyons finished in the top-10 in each event, which included a strong performance from Mackin in the solo free. The senior finished her performance with a score of 72.6000. 

Mackin was joined by Lopresti, and Zimmerman in the trio with the group earning a score of 72.7667. 

Lopresti and Zimmerman were paired together for the duet free where they were awarded a score of 72.5000. 

Wheaton earned a score of 73.2333 for their performance in the team free final.

Wheaton was equally as strong in figures, especially in C Figures which featured a first-place finish from Elizabeth Pugliese. The finish marks the second straight season the Lyons have won C Figures. Pugliese was awarded a score of 63.1513. Francesca Sajedi also finished in the top-10 of C Figures, finishing her requirements with a score of 59.7586.

B Figures saw a seventh-place finish from Zimmerman, who finished less than two points behind the winner. Zimmerman was awarded a total of 72.2015 points. Mackin ended B Figures with a point total of 70.7066.

Savannah Cornelius and Lauriina Heinonen finished back-to-back in A Figures with Cornelius finishing with a score of 65.7380. Heinonen was awarded a score of 64.1394. 

ERCOLI'S THOUGHTS: "We had fantastic performances overall. I couldn't be more proud! Adding another C champion to our list is perfect."