The 2018 CUSSL Nationals were hosted at the Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. After having a successful event at an incredible pool, swimmers at the University will be starting a team for the 2018-19 season.
Led by Alyssia Leithwood, the team is currently looking to recruit swimmers for their team for next year! If you are interested in joining, please email Alyssia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The swimmers at Guelph constantly praise the team for being a highlight of their university experience.
Emily Bonwick, a novice swimmer at Guelph, said that “I couldn’t imagine university without it now”. Emily joined the team in her final year of university, with no previous synchro experience. She “not only learned an amazing new sport, but met a whole new amazing group of girls because of it.”
Emily Vance, an experienced swimmer said “I swam with the University of Guelph Synchro club for all four years of school and my Guelph experience wouldn’t have been the same without it. I have had experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise and have made friends that will stay with me long after I graduate.”
Like all CUSSL teams, the University of Guelph has had a profound impact on swimmers of all experience levels. Guelph has an incredible record for producing amazing routines with an incredible level of participation.
Swimmers this year were: Diamond Braithwaite, Rory Bos, Melanie Hudakoc, Meg Mcfadden, Bethany Hofstee, Sarah Cumberland, Mac Lucier, Kitana Weiss, Amy Mathialagan, Meagan Presti, Natalia Kshonze, Meagan Caulfield, and Adele Arpino.
If you are interested in joining the team, please contact their president Megan Caulfield at email@example.com.
In the 2017-18 Season, Carleton entered an experienced team, two novice solos, an experienced solo, and an experienced trio. They also co-hosted nationals held at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.
Their experienced team placed third at Nationals this year, with a score of 70.4667 and qualified to compete at the Canadian National Championships in Windsor, Ontario, where they placed 4th in a stacked competition complete with members of the Senior Canadian National Team.
The experienced team this year consisted of: Elise Bordeleau, Sophia Brandt, Elizabeth Cross, MacKenzie Lafreniere, and Sydney Van Bakel.
Their novice soloists this season were Vika Bereza and Jill Turner. Their experienced soloist was Greer Gemin, and their experienced trio swimmers were Elise Bordeleau, Elizabeth Cross, and MacKenzie Lafreniere.
Carleton University was founded in the 2012-13 season by Erika Wagner. What started out as just a soloist with her friend from club synchro Alicia Renaud coaching her, ended the year with a self-coached 6 person team on top of her solo. Erika qualified for the Canadian Open that year after placing first at Nationals, and the club has now grown exponentially in both skill, numbers, and awareness within their university, and has even added a novice program.
In 2017, the club won the National Title in the Combo competition. In April 2016, the club received the CUSA award for most improved competitive sports team at Carleton University.
The Dinos Synchro Club entered one experienced team into competition in the 2017-18 season, who placed 6th at Nationals with 69.6000. Swimmers on this team are: Bianca Chiacchia, Mickayla Jones, Breanne Law, Paige Martin, Kayla Pearen, Amy Schimpf, Victoria Schmeiler, and Alicia Van Hyfte. They were coached by Pam Larose and Madison Allen.
The Dinos Synchro Team can be seen working hard over the summer as well as showing off their skills as one of the top schools in the West. They host camps over the summer that focus on many different cross training activities, such as gymnastics at the UofC gymnastics centre, stand-up paddle boarding in Kananaksis, rock climbing, yoga, pilates, foam roller sessions, nutrition course, goal setting and psychological training as well as a visit from Dot Padget, who is one of our countries top officials!
Keep an eye out on this team for what is sure to be a strong showing in the 2018-19 season.
Caitlin Schropp is an experienced swimmer in the league, having swum with The University of Waterloo for 4 years, and will be starting a team at Dalhousie University for the 2018-19 season.
The league is extremely excited to welcome participation from our second university on the east coast. It will, however, be our only active university, as the University of PEI is currently not participating in the league.
The team had one experienced team in the 2017-18 season – pictured above in the photo.
Their club goal is to keep current synchro swimmers at the UofA active and engaged in the synchro community and to grow our sport by creating a space where other students of any background can try our sport.
Congratulations to all of our routines that competed at the 2018 Canadian National Artistic Swimming Championships in Windsor, Ontario. We had 4 routines compete from 3 different universities across Canada! Our athletes competed in a stacked senior field against members of the current Canadian National Team, and we could not be prouder of their results!
Swimmers who competed at this event qualified by placing in the top 3 of their category at the CUSSL National Championships held at Brock University in February 2018.
Our soloist Maddie Berry from the University of Ottawa placed 12th in the Senior Tech Solo event with a score of 65.9266. Maddie also competed in the Senior Free solo event, placing 6th with a score of 68.9. Combined, Maddie placed 6th overall with a score of 134.8266.
Our duet representing the University of British Columbia, Katie Stirrat and Olivia Zawadiuk, competed in the Senior Free Duet Category. They placed 4th with a score of 71.8333 .
Finally, Carleton University represented CUSSL well in the Senior Free Team, also placing 4th with a score of 67.2000. Swimmers on this team are: Elise Bordeleau, Sophia Brandt, Elizabeth Cross, MacKenzie Lafreniere, and Sydney Van Bakel.
Congratulations to all our athletes on ending the 2017-18 season on an incredible note, and representing CUSSL well at the highest level of competition in Canada. We cannot wait to see what everyone has in store for next season!