Canisius College won its 16th consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Synchronized Swimming Championship on Sunday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Golden Griffins scored 100 points to finish first overall, sweeping each category at the conference championship.
“I’m very proud of my team. They rose to the occasion and put up their best swims so far this year,” said head coach Jill Wright. “We are heading into nationals undefeated and I’m excited to see them dig deep and fight for a top spot.”
In the team portion of the championship, the Griffs remained undefeated in the routine this season. The Griffs’ team routine included seniors Melissa Andrews and Victoria Mintz, juniors Morgan Lebrecht, Jessica Mancini and Svetlana Ponkratova, sophomore Viktoria Mironova, and freshmen Laina Gray and Laura Schmidt.
Canisius dominated the trio routine, taking the top-three spots. Schmidt, Gray, and Lebrecht captured the first (83.875), edging Mintz, Mancini, and Mironova (83.70) for the first time this season. Finishing third were freshmen Miranda Marquez and Kristin Oswald, and junior Deanna DeSimone.
In duet, Ponkratova and Mintz finished finish first (85.000) with the DeSimone and Oswald in third (77.625).
Ponkratova kept her string of first-place finishes in the solo routine intact, placing first with a score of 86.625.
The Blue and Gold will conclude the 2013 season at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships on March 20-21 in Stanford, Calif.