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No. 1 Synchronized Swimming Gears Up For 2007 U.S. Collegiate Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/19/2007

March 19, 2007

2007 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championship Meet Information

WHAT'S ON TAP
No. 1 Stanford synchronized swimming team will travel to Norton, Mass. to compete in the 31st annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24 at the Balfour Natatorium on the campus of Wheaton College. The Cardinal will be in search of its third straight National Championship title. Stanford boasts 2004 Olympians Sara Lowe (United States) and Courtenay Stewart (Canada) and 2006 U.S. National Team Members Elizabeth Anne-Markman and Poppy Carlig.

More than 250 of the top athletes from the collegiate scene will vie for titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events. The Championships are an open-class meet, combining competition from NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA colleges and universities. Standing in Stanford's way will be Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) and the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas) who claimed second and third places respectively in 2006.

2006-07 ROSTER
Erin Bell - SO., Walnut Creek, CA
Samantha Bongiovanni-Duclos - SR., Calgary, Alberta
Poppy Carlig - JR., Richmond, CA
Debbie Chen - FR., Cerritos, CA
Taylor Durand - FR., Etobicoke, Ontario
Hilary Homenko - JR., Brecksville, OH
Melissa Knight - JR., Walnut Creek, CA
Gayle Lee - FR., Singapore
Sara Lowe - JR., Sunnyvale, CA
Elizabeth-Anne Markman - Pacific Palisades, CA
Courtenay Stewart - JR., Huntington Beach, CA
Heather Olson - Head Coach
Bridget Finn - Assistant Coach
Stephanie Joukoff - Volunteer Assistant Coach

THE 2006 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Cardinal (96 points) claimed the 2006 Collegiate title in front of an energetic crowd at Avery Aquatic Center. Ohio State University scored 92 points en route to a second place finish. Third place went to the University of the Incarnate Word (69 points). The Cardinal squad dominated the individual technical element event on Friday morning, claiming 8 of the top 10 spots. Sunday featured the finals of the trio and duet in the morning and solo and team competition in the afternoon. Stanford's Elizabeth-Anne Markman, Courtenay Stewart, and Samantha Bongiovanni-Duclos claimed second in a tight trio competition with a score of 93.5, missing the gold by less than two tenths of a point. National Team members Poppy Carlig, Melissa Knight, and Erin Bell moved up from fourth place in the semi-finals to capture the bronze medal. Stanford sophomore and 2004 Olympian Sara Lowe teamed up with 2004 Canadian Olympian Stewart to grab the duet title (95.833) with a powerful and technically superior performance. Stanford's Bongiovanni-Duclos and Carlig wowed the crowd with their energy and claimed the bronze with a score of 93.5. In individual awards, Lowe received Highpoint Athlete recognition, and head coach Heather Olson was named Collegiate Coach of the Year.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
AM 7:00 7:30 Lap swimming only
7:30 7:45 Warm-up Solo semifinal
7:50 10:30 Solo semifinal
10:30 10:45 Warm-up Duet semifinal - First Group
10:50 3:30 Duet Semifinal
PM 3:30 3:45 Warm-up Trio semifinal - First Group
3:50 7:30 Trio semifinal

FRIDAY, MARCH 23
AM 6:30 7:00 Lap swimming only
7:00 7:30 Warm-up "D" Technical
7:35 9:00 "D" Technical competition
9:00 9:30 Warm-up "C" Technical
9:35 10:35 "C" Technical competition
10:35 11:05 Warm-up "B" Technical
11:10 12:20 "B" Technical competition
12:20 12:50 Warm-up "A" Technical
12:55 2:00 "A" Technical competition
2:00 3:00 Open Pool
3:00 3:15 Warm-up Team semifinal - First Group
3:20 7:00 Team semifinal

SATURDAY, MARCH 24
AM 7:00 7:30 Lap swimming only
7:30 8:20 Warm-up Trio & Duet finals
8:30 9:15 Parade of Athletes
9:30 10:45 Trio finals
10:50 12:05 Duet finals
12:10 1:10 Warm-up Solo & Team finals
1:15 3:30 Solo finals
3:45 5:30 Team finals
6:00 Awards


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