Rec swimmers included in synchro championships

Recreational swimmers made a splash at the Canada Games Centre on Sunday. To synchronize with competitions down south, Synchro Yukon included recreational divisions in the Synchro Yukon Championships for the first time.

Recreational swimmers made a splash at the Canada Games Centre on Sunday.

To synchronize with competitions down south, Synchro Yukon included recreational divisions in the Synchro Yukon Championships for the first time.

Including recreational divisions is a growing trend in Outside synchro competitions. The idea sits well with Synchro Yukon, which wants to bring more swimmers up to the competitive level.

“We had a lot of recreational swimmers come and compete on a rec level, which was good in figures and routines,” said Shannon Duke, president of Synchro Yukon.

“There are not as many swimmers in the competitive, upper level of the club anymore, but it’s nice to see the younger kids coming in.”

Synchro Yukon and Whitehorse’s Northern Novas team hosted the championship. The Northern Novas team currently has 13 swimmers, with just three at the competitive level.

“Jamie Duke, Samantha Steele and Katelyn Vowk are all first-year in competitive synchro, so it was a good opportunity for them to compete,” said Shannon. “They’re going Outside to a couple of meets this spring.”

Results

Recreational Star 1 and 2

1st Taylor Jobin

2nd Indiana Pumphrey

3rd Aryanna Lavanderos

Recreational STAR 3 and 4

1st Teera Walsh

2nd Elizabeth Sparling

Competitive under-15

1st Jamie Duke

2nd Katelyn Vowk

3rd Samantha Steele

Recreational Star 1 and 2

1st The Big Dippers (Taylor Jobin/Indiana Pumphrey/Kalina Morrison)

2nd The Little Dippers (Aryanna Lavanderos/Cambria Alford/Kaydia Campbell)

Recreational Star 3 and 4 duet

1st Teera Walsh/Elizabeth Sparling

Competitive under-15 solo

1st Samantha Steele

Competitive under-15 duet

1st Jamie Duke/Katelyn Vowk

Masters solo

1st Olivia Duncan

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