, Derry, New Hampshire

July 18, 2013

Catalinas are in the swim

Catalinas do well at large meet

Derry News

---- — The Catalinas Synchronized Swim team of the Y of Greater Manchester recently competed in the 2013 East Zone D Intermediate and Age Group Championship at the Greater Lawrence Technical School, where teams from all over New England and the Mid Atlantic States were represented.

In the 13 and over intermediate team routine, Lindsey Andrews and Madelinn Harmelink of Dunbarton, Olivia Caselden of Derry, Elizabeth Herod and Kaylie Piecuch of Goffstown, Abigail Smith of Manchester and Rachel Venator of Concord placed eighth.

In the 13 and over age group duet routines, Irina Kustovskaya of Goffstown and Molly Spalding of Mont Vernon placed first. Abigail Smith of Manchester and Katherine Spalding of Mont Vernon placed eighth.

Irina Kustovskaya placed third and Molly Spalding placed fourth in the 13 and over age group solo routines.

Katherine Spalding of Mont Vernon swam her solo in the 2013 age group championships held in Riverside, Calif., June 21-28. She is the first Catalina to reach this level of competition.

The Catalinas ended their year with an awards banquet at the Yard Restaurant in Manchester. All the girls on the team were given a booklet of photos highlighting their year and a new team shirt.

The team MVP Award, given to a synchro swimmer who has consistently placed high in figure and routine competitions throughout the season, was awarded to Madelinn Harmelink of Dunbarton.

The Most Improved Award is given to a Novice, Intermediate and Age Group swimmers with the most improved figure scores throughout the season. Novice Sophie Barber of Manchester, Intermediate Riley Cullen of Manchester and Age Group Irina Kustovskaya of Goffstown won these awards.

The Sportsmanship Award is a Catalina who swims with a high respect for synchronized swimming, self and others was awarded to Elizabeth Herod of Goffstown.

The Catalina Award is given annually by the coaches to a synchro swimmer who best demonstrates, throughout the season, the true spirit of synchronized swimming. It is given not only for hard work and personal improvement, but also for a willingness to understand, to learn, to enter into a partnership with coaches and teammates in an effort to recognize one’s full potential. Olivia Caselden of Derry is the recipient of the 2013 Catalina Award.

For more information about the Catalinas Synchronized Swim Team, contact Laura Leary at or at 232-8622.