Feb. 5, 2007
This weekend No. 1 Stanford Synchronized swimming traveled to the University of Arizona for their third competition of the season. Duplicating the success from their first two meets, the Cardinal came out on top once again.
The competition began on Friday, with the element and figure competitions. Stanford swept the top five, as Courtenay Stewart took first, Samantha Bongiovanni-Duclos placed second, taking third was Elizabeth Anne Markman, finishing fourth was Debbie Chen and rounding out the top five was Taylor Durand. Stanford earned 12 points on the day, while Arizona received 11. Poppy Carlig returned to the Cardinal squad after leaving early from the Olympic team due to a shoulder injury.
Saturday began with the elements competition and once again Stewart earned a first place finish, with Bongiovani-Duclos taking second. Sara Lowe placed third, with Markman and Melissa Knight finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Next, the teams moved to the trio routines. The Stanford team of Markman, Lowe and Stewart took the top spot, with the other Cardinal team of Bongiovani-Duclos, Chen and Durand claiming second.
Lowe and Stewart continued their winning ways as they wowed the judges with their duet routine, earning a first place finish with a score of 94.2. The pairing of Markman and Bongiovanni-Duclos also turned in a strong performance, taking second place with a score of 91.25.
Stanford excelled in the team routine, just as they did vs. Incarnate Word. The Cardinal put together a stellar routine to earn themselves first place and a score of 96.25. The University Arizona turned in a nice team performance to finished with a team score of 81.00.
"I thought our team did a tremendous job pulling together for the competition after a hard week of two being extremely sick," commented head coach Heather Olson. "I think at this point of the season our team routine is strong with good lifts and solid choreography. We still need to work on the strength & consistency of our elements as well as the synchronization of our trios. Dual meets are almost tougher than our National meets because there are less entries in each event so there is very little rest between swims. Our team had a very strong team swim despite the quick turnaround between events."
SATURDAY FEB 3: ELEMENT & ROUTINE COMPETITION
1. Courtenay Stewart
2. Samantha Bongiovanni-Duclos
3. Sara Lowe
4. Elizabeth-Anne Markman
5. Melissa Knight
6. Hilary Homenko
7. Taylor Durand
8. Debbie Chen
9. Poppy Carlig
10. DAYLI SEPULVEDA
11. Gayle Lee
NO SOLO EVENT
1. STANFORD UNIVERSITY 96.25
2. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 81.00