BC Aquasonics from the Fraser Valley placed ninth in Canada at the Canadian Espoir Synchronized Swimming Championships.

BC Aquasonics from the Fraser Valley placed ninth in Canada at the Canadian Espoir Synchronized Swimming Championships.

Valley synchronized swimmers finalists at nationals

BC Aquasonics from the Fraser Valley placed ninth in Canada at the Canadian Espoir Synchronized Swimming Championships in Ottawa

BC Aquasonics from the Fraser Valley placed ninth in Canada at the Canadian Espoir Synchronized Swimming Championships in Ottawa last weekend at the Nepean Sports Complex with their routine “Jungle,” choreographed by Aquasonics coach Tanya Magee.

After placing 13th of 23 teams in the figures event, the 13 to 15 year old team vaulted into eighth place in the preliminary round with a stellar performance, ensuring them a spot in the finals which included the Top 10 teams at the meet. In the finals, their routine finished in eighth place and their combined championship score placed them in ninth overall in the competition.

The 13-15 Aquasonics Team includes Courtney Armstrong (Surrey), Lani-Marie Carbonel (Coquitlam), Jessica Friesen (Surrey), Kalista Iten (Anmore), Lindsey Solmes (Langley), Madyson Stickley (Surrey), Alanna Stobbe (Abbotsford), and Nancy Zhang (Surrey).

The age 12 and under swimmers Shaleigh Lachance (Coquitlam), Grace MacDonald (Delta), and Abby Rothwell (Delta), also competed at Espoir. Lachance placed sixth in the 12 and under solo event, earning a spot on the podium (awards given to the top six in each event). MacDonald and Rothwell placed eighth in the 12 and under duet.

The Canadian Espoir Synchronized Swimming Championships is the annual national synchronized swimming competition for the 13-15 and 12 and under age groups.