Three members of the Yukon’s Northern Novas synchronized swimming team were doing great as solo performers at the 2012 MASY Challenge over the weekend in Calgary.
Olivia Duncan produced the top results with her solo program, winning a bronze at the competition that hosted teams from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. (MASY is an acronym representing the four jurisdictions.)
“Her routine was very well swum,” said Northern Novas coach Aura-Lea Harper. “She’s long-legged and can get really high out of the water.”
Duncan, who was competing in the 16-18 age category, also claimed fourth in her figures, a technical element to the competition.
Her third-place finish is a personal best for the current Yukon champ. It was also her first time performing her routine in a competition.
“The overall results were great,” said Harper. “Olivia is actually a coach, so she wasn’t training as much as anybody else. She’s kind of the superstar this time.”
Jane Robinson-Boivin, swimming in the same age group, wasn’t far behind. She finished fifth for her solo program and posted 17th in her figures.
“It’s a great routine to watch because she just enjoys it so much,” said Harper.
Catherine Seal might have placed a little bit behind her teammates, but she was in a division almost five times as big.
Competing in the 13-15 age category, Seal swam to sixth in her solo program and 25th out of 95 swimmers in her figures.
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