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Artistic Swim takes on CUASL Eastern Canadian Divisional Championships

In a 2-day competition this past weekend, Gryphons Artistic Swimming travelled to the University of Toronto for the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League Eastern Divisional Championships.

The club had a great showing of routines, with Novice Duet and Expert Solo competing on March 4th. Novice Duet Jacqueline Tingle and Adina Borenstein competed in the first event of the competition. Their smiles shone through in their graceful routine to the song “Pirate”, putting them on the podium at 3rd place with a score of 47.6917.

Experienced soloist Maria Gheta swam a fantastic routine to “I Put a Spell on You”. She achieved an amazing 2nd place with her enchanting performance, with a routine score of 70.5167. In the same category, Expert soloist Allison Major had an amazing swim. She performed to Marren Morris’s “Once”, showing a powerful and emotion-filled routine to the audience! She scored 65.4167 to place 13th. Rachel Lall also competed in Expert Solo, swimming to Amelia Moore’s “Sweet and Sour”. She had lots of fun connecting to the audience with this sassy routine, scoring 61.5583 to place 18th in the category.

On March 5th, the competition continued with the Experienced Duet category and the competition was fierce! New pair Grace Ohrling and Maria Gheta swam a “Maleficent” routine, wowing the judges with their hybrid height. They saw gold, capturing 1st place in the Expert Duet Category with a score of 72.1333. Duet Mick Mantler and Eva Pala had an amazingly energetic performance in Expert Duet. Those smiles shone in their “Applause”, “Womanizer”, “SOS” mashup, earning them 12th place with a score of 61.1417. They were neck in neck with duo Cassidy Ball and Mia Iamarino, who swam their elegant and exciting “Bridgerton” routine. They had a routine score of 61.0750 and placed 13th.

In the Novice Team routine category, swimmers Adina Borenstein, Sydney Dam, Emily Diab, Alyssa Kwaitkowski, Bridget Marsland, and Madison Radakovic secured a 4th place finish! Their girl power routine showcased their strength and all the hard work they’ve done to learn the ins and outs of artistic swimming so far; landing them a fourth place finish.

In the Experienced Team routine category, the Red team brought the punches! Swimmers Mari Burigana, Maia Dekort, Maria Gheta, Kayla Lum, Allison Major, Grace Ohrling, Ellie Ward, and Sophie Wilson had a great swim and placed 5th in the category. Their “Boxing” routine was a crowd favourite and scored 67.9917 points. Gold Team swimmers Cassidy Ball, Mia Iamarino, Rachel Lall, Mick Mantler, Jamie McBride, and Eva Pala really brought the energy in their EDM routine. They finished 13th with a routine score of 62.1667.

Big thanks go out to Adele Arpino, Katherine Frost, and Teghyn Gurney for coaching this weekend, the swimmers couldn’t have done it without you!

Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed at Eastern Divisional Championships! They cannot wait to show what they’re made of at their upcoming National Championships in Markham on March 24-26, 2023.

They are also so excited to perform in Guelph at their 2023 WATERSHOW, which will be held in the Gryphons Athletic Centre on March 14th!

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