DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

August 9, 2012

Synchronized swimmers score


Derry News

---- — The Greater Manchester YMCA Catalinas Synchronized Swim Team traveled recently to Buffalo, N.Y., to compete in the 2012 East Zone Age Group/Intermediate Championship and 13-15 Open Synchronized Swim Meet.

The team made quite a splash. Teams from all around New England and the Mid Atlantic states were represented at this meet.

The Catalinas competed in the solo, trio, team and mandatory figures competitions.

Graduating high school senior Emily McAuliffe of Londonderry placed fourth for her 13 and over solo routine and Elizabeth Herod of Goffstown placed fifth for her 13 and over solo routine. Both girls scored a personal best.

In the 13 and over trio competition, Lindsey Andrews of Dunbarton, Sarah Hannaford of Bedford and Abigail Smith of Manchester placed second.

The Catalinas had two squads compete in the 13 and over team routines.

The green squad includes Sarah Hannaford, Irina Kustovskaya of Goffstown, Molly Spalding of Mont Vernon, Abigail Smith, and Lily Zemelko of Derry placed first.

The red squad made up of Lindsey Andrews, Olivia Caselden of Derry, Madelinn Harmelink of Dunbarton, Ilana Hensley of Amherst, Elizabeth Herod, Emily McAuliffe, Kaylie Piecuch of Goffstown, and Katherine Spalding of Mont Vernon placed ninth.

In the mandatory figures, the Catalinas swept the top four 13-and-over positions with Lily Zemelko placing first, Molly Spalding in second, Irina Kustovskaya taking third and Katherine Spalding placing fourth.

The Catalinas ended their season with a team banquet at the Weathervane Restaurant in Bedford. All the girls on the team were given a booklet of photos highlighting their year.

The team MVP Award that is given to a swimmer who has consistently placed high in figure and routine competitions throughout the season was awarded to Sarah Hannaford of Bedford.

The Most Improved Award is given to a Novice, an Intermediate and an Age Group swimmer with the most improved figure scores throughout the season. Novice swimmer Sarah Hanna of Goffstown, Intermediate swimmer Madelinn Harmelink of Dunbarton, and Age Group swimmer Irina Kustovskaya of Goffstown were awarded these awards.

The Sportsmanship Award that goes to a swimmer who swims with a high respect for synchronized swimming, self and others was awarded to Olivia Caselden of Derry. The Rookie Award that is given for the best first year on the team was awarded to Lily Zemelko of Derry.

The final award given out was the Catalina Award. This is given annually by the coaches to a 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. Emily McAuliffe of Londonderry is the recipient of the 2012 Catalina Award.

For more information about the Catalinas Synchronized Swim Team, contact Laura “Pools” Leary at lleary@yogm.org or at 232-8622.