2019 CUASL National Championships Results

Dan Robichaud Photography

This past weekend the 2019 Edition of the Canadian University Artistic Swimming Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario at the Carleton University Pool. The 3 day competition was hosted by the University of Ottawa and McGill University.

The competition was fierce and over February 15-17 there was an incredible display of athleticism in the Raven’s Nest. Athletes from 13 universities across Canada participated to fight for their place at the top.

In the first final event of the weekend, Experienced Solo Finals, University of Ottawa’s Senior Carlie Cholette claimed her 3rd National title with 75.4333 points, edging out McGill University Freshman Maria Gheta who placed 2nd with 74.667 points. Gabrielle Cadotte from McGill University placed 3rd with 74.3667. Genevieve Peel from McGill University placed 4th with 72.8333 points, followed by University of Victoria’s Stefanie Dickinson with 69.7000 points. Rounding out the top 6 was Chloe Simpson from University of Guelph with 66.2333 points. Carlie Cholette, Maria Gheta, and Gabrielle Cadotte all qualified for Canada Artistic Swimming’s National Championships.

The next final was the Novice Duet/Trio Finals. Taking the top spot was University of Ottawa’s duet of Talia Cameron and Kaity Stewart, with 59.8733. In a very close second were exhibition athletes from London Synchro University Team, Paige Allen and Claire Devey, with 59.6917 points. Also taking second place was the McGill University Trio of Michely Chen, Baylie Daghofer-Hawes, and Palina Piankova, with 56.2050 points. In 3rd, University of British Columbia’s Natalie Hays and Valentina Madejska with 54.0533. The University of Victoria’s Carolina Limido and Jintia Ross-Van Mierlo took 4th place with 53.9833. McGill University’s Lorna Fernandez Ciruela, Megan Koster, and Carrie Rong took 5th place with 53.0550. And in 6th place, Université de Sherbrooke’s first ever novice entry in a national competition, Raphaelle Desourdy and Marianne Siino with 47.9400.

The remaining 4 finals were held on Sunday. The first final of the day was Novice Solo Finals. Taking the championship title was Talia Cameron from University of Ottawa with 60.2883 points. Also taking the top spot was Exhibition Athlete Clara Devey from London Synchro University Team with 60.3717 points. In second place was Page Allen from the London Synchro University Team with 60.2100 points. In third place from the University of British Columbia was Timothy Yaroshuk with 58.3733 points. From McGill University, Leah Birch placed 4th with 56.8550 points. in 5th was the Abigail Imbeault from Carleton University with 56.8383 points. The final ribbon for 6th place was awarded to Lauren Chia from McGill University with 56.7867.

The next final was the Experienced Duet Final. Taking the top spot in their first year competing in CUASL was Maria and Ioana Gheta from McGill University. They secured the championship title with 73.4500 points. In second, the University of British Columbia’s Katie Stirrat and Olivia Zawadiuk scored 71.1250. Taking the number 3 spot was Daniella Lato and Christine Horner with 68.2250. These three routines have qualified for Canada Artistic Swimming’s National Championship. In 4th place, Université de Sherbrooke’s Mariane Samson and Frederique Charland, with 67.9333 points. Taking 5th was Queen’s University’s Karen Batch and Claire Moura with 67.5167 points. Rounding out the top 6 was London Synchro University Team’s Emily Newton and Sarah Shelton with 66.9833 points.

The final Novice event of the competition was Novice Team.  In first place and the recipients of the Novice Team Trophy is McGill University with 57.9117 points. Fighting for the top spot and not far behind was University of Ottawa with 56.6850 points. Securing 3rd with 54.0300 was the University of British Columbia. In 4th place was McMaster University with 52.5150 points.  Not far behind was the University of Guelph with 51.9683 points. Taking 6th place was Trent University’s Purple Team in a close 51.450.

Rounding out the competition was the Experienced Team Finals, where 15 competitors took part in this intense event. Securing the National Title and John Drake Trophy for Top Team was McGill University’s White Team, with 73.5000 points. In their incredible fight for the top spot, University of Ottawa took second place with an strong performance and 73.0083 points. In 3rd and their first time on the podium in this event, was the University of British Columbia with 70.9417. These three teams all qualified for Canadian Artistic Swimming’s National Championships. University of Victoria took the 4th place spot with 69.7333. In 5th,  the University of Toronto with a very close 69.1583 points. Rounding out the top 3 was University of Calgary with a strong 68.6167 points.

The first ever editions of the Top Overall Athlete were awarded at the banquet this year. In the novice category, University of Ottawa’s Talia Cameron took home the first edition for her incredible performances. This is her second year participating in artistic swimming. She placed first in Novice Duet, First in Novice Solo, and Second in Novice Team.

In the experienced category, Maria Gheta took home the Top Overall Experienced Athlete trophy. Her first year participating in the league, she took home the silver medal in Experienced Solo, and Gold in Experienced Duet and Experienced Team.

The Gerry Dubrule Trophy for Top Overall Team was awarded to McGill University for their incredible performances from 31 athletes over the course of the weekend. With 14 entries into the competition, the university held their own, securing the trophy with 65 points, ahead of University of Ottawa with 50 points, and UBC with 39 points. This is McGill’s 15th time taking home this trophy in the 18 years the league has been in existence.

The Anne Smeeton Award was awarded to McGill University’s Alicia Renaud, for her continuous support and dedication to the league.

This weekend saw an incredible array of skill, expertise, themes, and fun as we completed CUASL’s 2018-19 season. For a full list of results, visit our results page here: Results. 

All routines will be posted on the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League’s Youtube Channel Here: Videos of Routines.


Two New Awards to be Given Out at 2019 National Championships

This season, at the 2019 Canadian University Artistic Swimming Championships, the following new awards will be presented: Top Overall Experienced Athlete & Top Overall Novice Athlete. Points towards this award are tabulated similarly to the Gerry Dubrule Top University Award.

See the following table for details:

Placing Solo Duet Team
1 16 14 12
2 14 12 10
3 12 10 8
4 10 8 7
5 8 6 6
6 5 5 5
7 4 4 4
8 3 3 3
9 2 2 2
10 1 1 1

We look forward to giving these new awards out on February 17th, at the CUASL National Championships Awards Banquet.


CUASL Unveils New Branding


Canadian University Artistic Swimming League
Designed by Comme Pas Deux

On October 7th 2018, the newly named Canadian University Artistic Swimming League launched their new branding, with a new logo and new image.

Designed by Comme Pas Deux, located in Montreal, QC, the logo focuses on highlighting our love for the pool and water, and our commitment to our teams and clubs all across Canada. It combines these two items imperative to our story, with the red and blue text, the waves, and the maple leaf.

With our new branding, we are excited to take the league to new places for the

CUASL Circle Logo
Designed by Comme Pas Deux

2018-19 season. With a young club hosting a large competition for the first time, and rivals University of Ottawa and McGill University hosting a meet together, the league is going places. We are proud of our collaborative roots and continue to work together to grow the league and expand the number of participating universities, athletes, and coaches across Canada.

With a new name, new logo, and a dedicated executive team working hard behind the scenes, we can’t wait to see where the 2018-19 season will take the Canadian University Artistic swimming League!

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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.

Brock University to Start Team

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.

Brock University Logo

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 brocksynchro@gmail.com for more information!

Dalhousie University to Start Team

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.

Dalhousie University Logo

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.

Contact Caitlin Schropp at dalhousiesynchro@gmail.com for more information on joining the team. All levels are welcome!

Results from 2018 Canadian National Championships

Carleton Ravens Team 2018
Dan Robichaud Photography

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!

3 CUSSL Routines to Compete at 2018 Canadian Championships

Photo by Dan Robichaud Photography

Every year, the top 3 routines at CUSSL Nationals in the Experienced Team, Duet, and Solo categories qualify to compete in the 2018 Canadian Championships in the senior category of their respective routines.

This season, 3 of the CUSSL routines that qualified for the 2018 Canadian Championships will be attending.

University of Ottawa‘s Second place soloist, Maddie Berry, will be competing in both the Senior Tech Solo and Senior Free Solo categories.

Competing in the Senior Free Duet category, is the University of British Columbia‘s duet who placed first at CUSSL Nationals. The swimmers are: Olivia Zawadiuk and Katie Stirrat.

CUSSL’s third place experienced team, Carleton University, will be competing in the Senior Free Team category. Swimmers on this team are as follows: Ellie Bordeleau, Elly Cross, Greer Gemin, MacKenzie Lafreniere, Sydney Van Bakel, and Sophia Brandt.

CUSSL is extremely proud to be sending such strong, successful group of routines and athletes to this year’s Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships, and look forward to supporting them April 24-28, 2018.

For a complete schedule of events and to watch the events live, visit the Synchro Canada website here.