March 22, 2007
NORTON, Mass.-- Stanford Synchronized swimming starts off strong, taking first in all three events during the 31st annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships preliminaries. The 2007 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships kicked off today in Norton, Massachusetts at Wheaton College.
Sara Lowe, took first in the semifinal Solo event with a score of 93.67 putting her about 2.000 points above the second place holder, Barbara Nesbitt, Ohio State University. Cardinal, Gayle Lee placed 6th with 88.1 points but is swimming honorary so her placement does not count toward team points.
In the semifinal Duet event Stanford dominated and took the top two places. Sara Lowe and Courtenay Stewart secured another first place finish with 95.6 points. Fellow Cardinal's, Elizabeth Markman and Samantha Bongiovanni-Duculos followed them with 93.1 points.
The Cardinals proved their strength in the Trio event by placing routines in first and second. Elizabeth Markman, Courtenay Stewart, and Sara Lowe took the top ranking spot with 94.8. Cardinals Poppy Carlig, Melissa Knight and Samantha Bongiovanni-Duclos followed closely behind placing second with a score of 93.5. Third place was taken by Ohio State trio; Barbara Nesbitt, Hannah Shively, and Leah Pinnette.
"This is the best showing Stanford has had after the end of the preliminary competition at Collegiate Nationals," said Head Coach Heather Olson, "To be 1st & 2nd in Trio & Duet & 1st in Solo is very exciting. I am so proud of the team and the way they stayed composed all day."
Stanford will compete tomorrow in the Team event and head into finals on Saturday. "Each of our routines had solid swims, but we definitely left room for cleaner, higher swims on Saturday so I am confident we can repeat the performances we had today and take it to an even higher level."