Volume 94, Issue 68
Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Just think of the Riverdance, only these performers actually take to the water and wear nose plugs.
The Western synchronized swim team hit the pool and blew the competition out of the water on Sunday, finishing 20 points ahead of their closest rival Queen's.
"We kicked ass," was the only way team manager and captain, Vanessa Butani, could sum up the meet. Western swimmers finished first in four of six events, including the eight swimmer team competition.
The big individual winners on the day were Norine Naguib in the senior technical routine, Julia McKay who won the intermediate technical routine and Sonya Clark in the solo routine.
Despite the Western dominance, Butani said she and her teammates did not know exactly how they would match up against the competition. "We weren't really sure, we had a meet in November, but it didn't include all the maneuvers, so we didn't really know what to expect. We did think Queen's would be the main competition."
Synchronized swimming is a unique sport, but according to Butani, to experience success in the pool a synchro team must possess much of the same qualities other sports teams put forth.
"First you have to have a good bunch of girls, which we have, you need a certain amount of work ethic, skill level and motivation. You also need a great coach to get you going when you don't really feel like doing much," Butani said.
The team will try to exhibit all those things at the Ontario University Athletics championships on Feb. 9 and 10 in Kingston.
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