Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6) Wins Double Gold

Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6) Wins Double Gold

in Team Synchronized Swimming Events at BC Games

Author: BC Summer Games/Sunday, July 20, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Synchronized Swimming

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Erin MacDonald, BC Games News Service

It was a lucky day in the pool for Vancouver Island-Central Coast's (Zone 6) synchronized swimming teams, who captured the gold medal in both the Level 2/3 and Level 4/5 competitions on Saturday afternoon.

One of the judges publicly commended the swimmers before the medal ceremony, stating that “in her 29 years of judging the sport, this was the most professional looking group she has ever seen come out.”

The entire judging panel was very impressed with the caliber of swimming taking place, and was especially thrilled with the amount of eye contact the group made, which “was key in invoking an emotional response from the audience.”

The Level 2/3 team is made up of swimmers from across Vancouver Island. Kaitlyn Aylesworth, Marina Hurst and Mara Lambert-Wilson reside in Victoria, Sidney Demuth is from Campbell River and Emily Duff got to compete in front of her hometown of Nanaimo.

Given that they are separated geographically, the team has only been training together for a month and a half.

In order to gel as a team, the group met every single day this summer for training, which has proved challenging for both the athletes and parents who support their journey.

The Level 2/3 team won the Gold medal with a score of 57.4001, with the team from Thompson-Okanagan (Zone 2) close behind, winning the silver with a score of 55.6442 – a personal best for the team.

In Level 4/5 competition, the Vancouver Island team were crowd favourites, scooping up the gold medal over Fraser Valley (Zone 3), who swam away with the silver. Like their counterparts, this team is also comprised of athletes from across Vancouver Island, who came together as a group just one short month ago. Despite their lack of training time together, the group put on an impressive show, entertaining the audience and scoring a 63.7864 for their efforts. Four swimmers on the Level 4/5 hailed from Nanaimo, including: Jenna Krawchuk, Camrynn Myronuk, Hannah Proud and Maya Scott. Rounding out the team are Julie Preston from Parksville and Paige Wilson from Cedar. 


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