The New Canaan YMCA Synchronized Swimming team, the Aquianas, brought 48 athletes to the 2012 eSynchro Age Group National Championship at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio held June 22-30.
The event is the largest synchronized swimming competition in the world, attracting 1,011 athletes from 89 clubs.
"Placing first at nationals is a great honor for our team," coach Jen Muzyk said. "This is the result of these athletes being extremely dedicated, putting in long hours, and bonding as a team."
Darien's Emily Roney and Jennifer O'Neill along with teammates Diya Banerjee, Renee Collett, Kate Dalia, Selena Liu, Erin Wheeler, Eliza Sturgeon, Rebecca Trinklein and Molly Flynn, representing the New Canaan YMCA Aquianas, won the 16-17 team title with 139.584 points.
The Tonawanda (NY) Aquettes (137.790) were second and the Arizona Desert Gems (136.072) finished third. In solo, Roney placed seventh with 136.074 points. In trio, Collett, Roney, and Wheeler claimed second with 138.107 points.
In the team event, Darien's Alice Chidley, Camilla Kline, Hannah Vogel and Ophelie Tousignant joined teammates Katie Farrell, Emma Flynn, Alexandra Lin, Isabella Montgomery, Teresa Salamone and Sierra Rojas-Thomas to take seventh place in the semifinal, ending up in 10th place overall after finals.
In the team event, Darien's Eliza Wetmore, with teammates Katherine Connolly, Eileen Flynn, Brooke Glatzhofer, Olivia Weiss, Audrey Millar, Emmanuella Tchakmakjian, Katherine Reiter and Rachel Panzano placed fifth in the semifinal, ending up seventh overall in finals with 120.492 points.
In duet, Chidley and Connolly placed sixth with 122.463 points and Glatzhofer and Wetmore placed 10th. In trio, Chidley, Flynn, and Wetmore placed 10th.