Meet the Clubs: University of Toronto

University of Toronto Duet Highlight
Dan Robichaud Photography

The University of Toronto Synchronized Swimming Team trains out of St. Georges Campus Athletic Center at 55 Harbord Street. U of T Synchro is one of the original members of CUASL – having been a member since this league’s official inception in 2001 and much before that.

In the 2017-18 season, U of T entered a novice soloist, Allison Jandura, an expert soloist, Angela Zhou, a novice duet composed of Miranda Li and Sabrina Wilson, an expert duet composed of Sarah Sarofim and Nancy Zhang, an expert team composed of Malak Ali, Sarah Sarofim, Tommy Ting, Nancy Zhang, and Angela Zhou, and a Novice Team composed of Allison Jandura, Miranda Li, Leora Nash, and Sabrina Wilson. With these routines, they entered routines into every event.

University of Toronto Soloist
Dan Robichaud Photography

The University of Toronto is the only team that has a male competitor in the experienced category, as well as the only team that has a male competitor swimming on an experienced team.

To see their team’s final swim at Nationals in 2018, visit our Youtube page here: Watch Here.

If you are interested in joining the team or learning more about the University of Toronto Synchro Team, you can email Angela Zhou and Emma Yoxon at uoftsynchro@gmail.com.

2018-19 Season Tryouts

Below is a list of the 2018-19 Season Tryouts for all Universities with active participation in the league. This page will be updated as meetings are confirmed and information will become available.

For more information on each university and to contact their representative, please visit the University’s Page.

Carleton University:

Synchro Social & Info Session: Wednesday, September 12, 7PM at Ollie’s

Competitive Tryouts: Thursday, September 13th from 2:30-4PM (Carleton Pool, Athletics)

Novice Try Synchro: September 13 from 2:30-4PM, or September 14 from 3-4:30PM (Carleton Pool, Athletics)

 

Dalhousie University:

Come visit them at the Clubs and Intramurals Fair on September 6th from 7-9:30PM

Beginning of Year Info Session: Monday, September 10th from 6:30-7:30 at Dalplex

First practice will be on Saturday, September 15th

 

Laurentian University:

Tryouts will be held Thursday, September 6th and Tuesday September 11th.

 

London Synchro University Team:

First Practice / Tryouts will be held Sunday, September 16th from 10:30AM-12PM at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Next Practice / Tryout will be held Wednesday, September 19th from 7:30-9PM at the BEAL Secondary School!

 

McGill University:

Information Meeting: Wednesday September 5th, 6-7PM, Currie Room 304

Tryouts: Tuesday September 11th, 7-9PM on deck, Wednesday September 12th 6:30-9PM, Saturday September 15th 1:30-5:30PM.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Here.

 

University of Alberta:

Tryouts for anyone interested in the Advanced Competitive Program will be held Monday, September 10th from 5:15-7PM

For anyone interested in the club for all levels (Novice, Recreational, or Advanced) the tryout dates will be: Wednesday, September 12 from 6:15-8:00PM and Friday, September 14 from 5:15-7:30PM.

All will be held in the Van Vliet Complex West Pool.

 

University of British Columbia:

Thursday September 6th at the UBC Aquatic Centre.

 

University of Calgary: 

Tryouts begin on September 10th when they kick off their training for the season. Tryouts will last two weeks and will take place during practice times.

The team trains on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-10:00PM. Official tryout criteria will be given on the first day.

 

University of Guelph:

We will be participating in O-Week, with an event titled “Try University Synchro” on September 4th from 2-3PM in the Red Pool.

First practice will take place on September 17th from 9-11PM at the Red Pool.

 

University of Ottawa:

There will be an information meeting that will take place before tryouts.

Tryouts begin September 9th.

 

Université de Sherbrooke:

Rencontre d’informations: mercredi, 5 septembre à 18h à la mezzanine de la piscine de l’université.

La première pratique de la saison aura lieu le mercredi, 12 septembre à 19h à la piscine de l’université.

Addresse de la piscine: 2500, boul de l’Université, Sherbrooke, QC, J1K 2R1.

Pour plus d’informations, allez voir leur page Facebook içi , ou le événement içi.

 

Waterloo/Laurier Warriors:

Information Meeting: Thursday, September 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Williams Cafe in the Environment 3 building on Waterloo’s campus.

You can find more information on the event here: Warriors Synchro Information Meeting.

If you are interested in attending, please fill in the Google Form Here.

Practices will begin shortly after the information meeting.

Change to Novice Required Elements

McGill University Novice Required Element
Novice Required Team Element – Bent Knee

As per the rulebook, the Novice Required Elements are to be revised every two (2) years. This year, upon revising the elements, the committee changed various elements, as well as adding a 5th element to the Novice Required Team elements.

These changes were reviewed and approved by CUASL’s Chief Judge and Registrar Wendy Yule. These changes will go into effect for the 2018-19 season. The elements will be reviewed again in the summer of 2020.

The changes to the elements line up requirements and required skills through all novice categories. The Novice Solo & Duet/Trio elements are harder elements that build on skills previously built in the Novice Team elements. This follows the logic of the rule that states that swimmers who score a 60.000 or higher in the Novice Technical Solo category will be required to register as an experienced swimmer in the following season. Therefore, Novice Soloist will require stronger basic skills to move up to the experienced category.

The order of Novice Solo & Duet/Trio elements were also changed to match the order of the team elements, to increase the ease for judges, coaches, and swimmers who judge, coach, or compete in multiple categories.

Please see the list of elements below. The changes to the elements from previous years have been bolded. Should you have any questions, please contact the CUASL President, Alicia Renaud, at cusslpresident@gmail.com.

 

Novice Technical Solo and Duet/Trio Required Elements:

Elements 1-5 are to be performed in the order listed. Element 6 can take place at any point in the routine. There are no restrictions as to what direction swimmers may face. In duet, elements must be performed simultaneously between the swimmers.

  1. FISHTAIL – A Front Pike Position is assumed. One leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, ending optional.
  2. SPLIT POSITION – A Split Position is assumed. Legs join to assume Vertical Position at ankle level or higher. A Vertical Descent is executed in Vertical Position.
  3. BODY BOOST – A rapid headfirst rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface is executed, arms optional. A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
  4. KIPNUS – From a Back Layout Position, a partial Somersault Back Tuck is executed until the shins are perpendicular to the surface. The trunk unrolls as the legs assume a Bent Knee Vertical Position midway between the former vertical line through the hips and the former vertical line through the head and the shins. A Vertical Descent is executed in a Bent Knee Vertical Position.
  5. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – Beginning in a Back Layout Position to include at least 3 of the following positions: Right sailboat; Left sailboat; Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo. The combination must move a minimum of one (1) meter.
  6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include kick-pull-kick

 

Novice Technical Team Required Elements:

Elements 1-5 are to be performed in the order listed. Elements 6 and 7 can take place at any point in the routine. There are no restrictions as to what direction swimmers may face. Elements must be performed  simultaneously between all swimmers, with the exception of element number 7 (Above Water Pattern Change).

  1. FISHTAIL – A Front Pike Position is assumed. One leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, ending optional.
  2. VERTICAL POSITION – A Vertical Position is assumed at Ankle Height or Higher. A Vertical Descent is executed in the Vertical Position.
  3. BODY BOOST – A rapid headfirst rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface is executed, arms optional. A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
  4. BENT KNEE – From an Inverted Back Tuck Position, the legs assume a Bent Knee Vertical Position. A Vertical Descent is executed in the Bent Knee Position.
  5. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – Beginning in a Back Layout Position to include at least 3 of the following positions: Right sailboat, Left sailboat; Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo. The combination must move a minimum of one (1) meter.
  6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include kick-pull-kick
  7. PATTERN CHANGE that takes place ABOVE the surface of the water.

Meet the Clubs: Queen’s University

Queen's Synchro Team Photo
Queen’s University Synchro Team

The Queen’s University Synchronized Swimming Team is a force to be reckoned with.  As one of the league’s oldest participating teams, they have always had an incredibly strong showing in experienced team. They are known for their fun and creative routines.

In the 2017-18 Season, Queen’s entered 2 routines, a novice solo, and an experienced team.

Despite many challenges, including several athletes injuring themselves right before Easterns, Queen’s Experienced team finished a strong fourth place. Swimmers on this team were: Sabrina Barnes, Karen Batch, Erin Grennel, Vanessa Kerr, Taylor Mouliakis, Claire Moura, and Brianna Wodehouse.

Their novice soloist was Jessica Insogna.

The Queen’s University Team is also a Varsity Club, making them the only club in the league to have Varsity Club status.

Queen's University Synchro Team 2015-16
Queen’s University Synchro Team 2015-16

Queen's University Synchro
Queen’s University Synchro Team Eggbeater

They are also very active in the league, having hosted Easterns more times than any other university.

We are excited to see what Queen’s has in store for us this season!

To watch their swim at Nationals, visit the CUSSL Youtube Channel here: Watch Here

For more information on the team or to find out about joining them, please contact Vanessa Kerr at qsynchro@queensu.ca.