The New Canaan YMCA Aquianas recently sent 40 young swimmers to the 2015 U.S. Junior Olympics Synchronized Swimming Championships.

The event was hosted by the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, from June 26 to July 4, with about 1,040 swimmers in the competition. The Aquianas competed at the 12 and Under, 13-15, 16-17, and 18-19 levels. Within each age group, swimmers were entered into solo, duet and team events.

The Aquianas Synchronized Swim Team medaled in three of the four age groups in which it competed. In the 18-19 field the team earned third, with the solo performance placing fourth. In the 16-17 group, Alex Poteet of New Canaan and Camilla Kline of Darien took first place in duets. Poteet was also awarded second place for her solo performance. The 13-15 swimmers claimed third place in their team event, which achieved by the team in almost a decade.

“We couldn’t be happier with the performance of these young athletes,” says Jen Muzyk, synchronized swimming director at the New Canaan YMCA. “Competing at the national level is challenging, we had 35 to 45 competitors in each event, but our team continues to persevere. As a coach, it’s an amazing experience watching your team achieve their goals.”

Jen Muzyk has been coaching with the New Canaan YMCA Aquianas for more than 10 years, and has received many accolades within the synchronized swimming and aquatics communities. Muzyk is joined this year by Petra Cacic. Cacic took on the role of assistant synchronized swimming director earlier this year, and has been a tremendous asset to the team.

For more information about the New Canaan YMCA’s synchronized swimming program, contact Muzyk at 203-920-4528, ext. 183 or jmuzyk@newcanaanymca.org.