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.

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.

 

Meet the Clubs: University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa Solo
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The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Synchro team are our 2018 Top Overall Team Champions.

In the 2017-18 season, they took home both the Geraldine Dubrule Trophy for the top overall team, as well as the Novice Team Trophy for Top Novice Team.

In this past season, they entered 9 routines into competition. These were: one novice solo, two experienced solos, one novice duet, two experienced duets, one novice team and two experienced teams. They entered routines into every event except for Combo, and had the most number of routines out of all universities.

They had an incredibly strong year, with all experienced routines placing in the top 3 (except for one experienced team), and all novice routines placing in the top 6.

University Of Ottawa Synchro Team
Dan Robichaud Photography

With incredibly dynamic, emotional, and strong routines with amazing choreography, we are expecting nothing less of another exciting showing in the coming 2018-19 season.

University of Ottawa is also incredibly active in the league, with two out of four CUSSL Executive Members from the Gee-Gees.

Fun fact! Their Instagram Page also has the highest follower count of the league. Even more than CUSSL!

To watch all of their incredible routines from the 17-18 season, visit the CUSSL Youtube University of Ottawa page here: Watch Here.

For more information on the Gee-Gees or on joining their team, email Isabelle MacLean at geegeesynchro@hotmail.com.

University of Ottawa Duet Highlight
Dan Robichaud Photography

Meet the Clubs: McMaster University

McMaster Synchro Figure
McMaster Synchro Experienced Team

McMaster University Synchro Team, also known as “The Bad Girls of Synchro” have had a strong showing in the league since they joined. In the 2017-18 season, they entered both a novice and experienced team, and an experienced solo.

McMaster is very involved in improving our league, and active in all league activities. They hosted an invitational meet in the Fall of 2016, their President Daniela Lato participates actively in league committees, and our previous CUSSL President, Hannah Koke, also swam for McMaster Synchro.

McMaster is known for their fun and dynamic routines. They always keep everyone on their toes and swim to music everyone wishes they could have swam to in Club synchro.

McMaster University Synchro Team Deck Work
Dan Robichaud Photography

McMaster Synchro Soloist
Dan Robichaud Photography

They have also expanded their Bad Girls of Synchro name to include the Bad Boys of Synchro, who participated in their Watershow in 2018.

Watch their Bad Girls Team Final swim from Nationals in 2018 at Brock University here: Watch Here.

For more information on the team or to join their club for the upcoming season, contact Daniela Lato at synchro@mcmaster.ca.

Meet the Clubs: McGill University

McGill University Team Highlight
Dan Robichaud Photography

The McGill University Artistic Swimming Team trains at the McGill Memorial Pool in Montreal. They are one of the only teams in the league who have varsity status from their university, meaning they receive a lot of support from McGill Athletics.

McGill hosts an invitational every year, except for in the 2016-17 season when they hosted Nationals at the Cote-St-Luc pool in Montreal. In the 2018-19 season, their invitational will take place on November 17th, 2018 at the McGill Memorial Pool.

In the 2017-18 Season, McGill entered two teams in Experienced Team, one team in Novice Technical Team, one Experienced Duet, a Novice Technical Duet, 3 experienced solos, and a novice solo! They entered routines in every category except Combo.

McGill University also holds the record for the most number of times they have won the Geraldine Dubrule Trophy for Top Overall Team, having won the title 13 times out of the 16 years that the league has been operating.

McGill Synchro Underwater Team Shot
Dan Robichaud Photography

McGill Synchro Split Highlight
Practice at McGill

Check out their youtube channel here for videos on what it’s like to swim at McGill.

For more information on the McGill University Artistic Swimming Team, you can contact Alicia Renaud at synchro@mcgill.ca.

Meet the Clubs: Laurentian University

Laurentian University Team Highlight
Dan Robichaud Photography

In the 2017-18 season, Laurentian University entered a competitive team into the league. The team composed of Emma Cushnie, Colleen Daly, Candice Larochelle, Daniela Lobo, Lyanne Paquette, Alystra Riddel, Hunter Truong-Nguyen, and Cassandra Young, placed 10th in a tough field of teams at Nationals. The team scored 63.500 points. The team stood out for their amazing highlights and expressive swimmers.

The Voyageurs hosted Easterns at their pool in Sudbury, Ontario this past season. The meet was incredibly successful.

Laurentian University Synchro Team started in the league in the 2015-16 season, and have shown incredible growth since then. We cannot wait to see how many swimmers they recruit for the 2018-19 season after hosting such and incredible meet, and are excited to see where their program will end up.

Watch their Team Finals Swim from Nationals 2018 at Brock University here: Watch Here.

Candice Larochelle was also the recipient of the Anne Smeeton Award in 2018. This award is given to someone who contributes significantly to the league. Candice was nominated by her teammates for her incredible effort as the meet manager at Easterns, and for her work developing the Laurentian University Team.

For more information on Laurentian University, and to inquire about joining their team, you can email Candice at laurentiansynchro@gmail.com.

Meet the Clubs: Lakehead University

Lakehead University Duet
Lakehead University Duet

Lakehead University Synchro Team trains out of the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse  in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

In the 2017-18 season, Lakehead entered a duet into the experienced category, and finished an extremely strong 8th place out of 16 duets. Swimmers this year were Stephanie Bourrie and Raelyn Judge, and coached by Amanda Roberts. amanda.roberts@live.com.

Lakehead University has been entering a strong contender into the duet category since joining the league in the 2014 season.

Lakehead Synchro Duet Figure - Dan Robichaud Photography
Dan Robichaud Photography

Lakehead Synchro Duet - Dan Robichaud Photography
Dan Robichaud Photography

You can see a video of their competition swim from 2018 Nationals at Brock University here:  Watch Here

If you are interested in joining the team, you can contact Amanda Roberts here at her email: amanda.roberts@live.com

 

Meet the Clubs: University of Guelph

The University of Guelph Synchronized Swimming Team trains at U of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. In the 2017-18 Season, Guelph entered 7 routines! We almost couldn’t keep track of all of them.

University of Guelph Team Shot in Pool
University of Guelph Team

The Guelph Synchro Team has been around for quite some time and consistently places in the top 10 every year.

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.”

University of Guelph Synchronized Swimming Duet
Dan Robichaud Photography

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 synchro@uoguelph.ca.

Meet the Clubs: Carleton University

The Carleton University Synchro Team is based out of the Ravens Nest at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Carleton University Trio
Dan Robichaud Photography

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. 

Carleton University Synchronized Swimming Team
Dan Robichaud Photography

Carleton Ravens Synchro Team Practice
Dan Robichaud Photography

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.

Erika Wagner CUSA Award
Erika Wagner with the CUSA Award

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.

We are excited to see what Carleton has in store for their future! Contact them at ravenssynchro@gmail.com.

Carleton Teams
Carleton Through the Years

Meet the Clubs: University of Calgary

University of Calgary Dinos Synchro

The University of Calgary Dinos Synchro Club is based out of The University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

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.

University of Calgary Dinos Synchro Highlight
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University of Calgary Dinos Synchro Swimmer and Coach
Dinos Synchro

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.

University of Calgary Dinos Synchro Competition Warm Up
Dinos Synchro