It was a synchronized splash over the weekend at the Humboldt Aquatic Center.
On November 24th and 25th, the Humboldt Synchro and Wynyard Stingrays clubs hosted the Marnie Eistetter Figure Meet and Total Athlete Development Camp at Humboldt Aquatic Center.
"Each competitive swimmer competes in specific figures for their age group. Figures are basically the technical elements that will eventually and can eventually be built into a routine, but like anything else you have to have something to build on first," said Leisl Lefebvre, Head Coach of Humboldt Synchro.
This was the first meet of the year for Humboldt Synchro and the Wynaryd Stingrays. The participating competitors taking part in the Marnie Eistetter Figure Meet are judged on scores out of ten based on correct body figure, strength and ability with body control, and the overall look and flow of the figure.
There were groups ranging from 8 years and under to 16-20 competing in the event. A total of nine swimmers were competing out of Humboldt Synchro, with two competing from the Wynard Stingrays.
"Tessa Tremblay from Humboldt took home first place in the 8 and under age category. In 10 and under, Blair Berting and Andie Tremblay both competed for the very first time, they did very well finishing in 18th and 19th. We had two brand new competitors in the age 11 and 12 category. Abbey McLarty came in 20th and Aidra Angelstad in 27th. Taryn Stock took home 2nd place in the Novice category. The 13-15 age group, we had five swimmers, three form Humboldt and two from Wynyard. Emma Knight came in 15th, Amelia Both (Wynyard) in 16th, Raea Lamont (Wynyard) finished in 23rd, Sabrina Mclean in 24th and Ashley Hinz in 25th. These girls all moved up in ranking compared to last year."
On Sunday, the swimmers got to take in the Total Athlete Development Camp which included in and out of water skill training.
"Every age group had the same five sessions throughout the camp. They had a water session where they worked on the basics like how to swim in and out of a figure as well as how to present yourself to the judges. They had a long-term athlete development session. There was a cheerleading class which is going to be very interesting when we work on our routine later on in the year. That helps build a base to learn to do lifts in the water. They also did an art therapy class and a pound fit class which is a full body workout set to music, very very high energy that involves a lot of core work."
The team of swimmers practice once a week and have a total of four swim meets throughout the swim year.