Northern Novas close out season at Prairie Invite

The Northern Novas closed out the synchronized swimming season with a top-10 placement at the first annual Canadian Prairie Invitational over the weekend in Regina.

The Northern Novas closed out the synchronized swimming season with a top-10 placement at the first annual Canadian Prairie Invitational over the weekend in Regina.

Jamie Duke and Katelyn Vowk swam to eighth in the 13-15 duet competition out of 11 teams.

“They had a great swim, so it was great,” said Northern Novas head coach Aura-Lea Harper. “It was their year-end meet and they did very well for how long we’ve been swimming.”

Yukon teammate placed 13th in the solo competition in the same age division at the meet, formerly known as the MASY Challenge, that included swimmers from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vowk also came in 21st, Jamie Duke 35th, and Samantha Steele 50th in the figures competition, which included back walkovers, 180 porpoise spins, Catalina reverses and albatrosses.

Duke and Vowk swam to gold in the duet competition at the B.C. Interior Meet for Synchronized Swimming in Kelowna last month.

Duke also placed second in the figures competition, while Vowk claimed third and teammate Steel fourth. Steel also placed second in the solo competition in Kelowna.

All three Northern Novas are current Yukon champions.