Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Silhouettes synchronized swimmers are prepped for the provincials, May 23-24, in Kamloops.
The local team strived for excellence at the recent regionals at Watermania in Richmond.
Recreational stream athletes Isabella Halford, Rosina Fraser-Bowden, Norah Mallett, Kylie Sheldrake, Maia Cesario and Madison Gilman were coached by Lindsey Beerstra and pocketed gold in the Rec Star 3 & 4 team.
In the Star 3 & 4 figure event, Halford placed first, Fraser-Bowden second and Mallett third. In the Star 1 & 2 figure event, Sheldrake was first, Cesario second and Gilman third.
Provincial competitive stream athletes were represented in both the 13-15 age group and the 16-18 age group, and coached by Katie Dick, Norlene Keller, Lindsey Beerstra and Lisa Balcombe.
Kaitlyn Buchholz, Georgia Elliott, Brittany Hill-Lonergan, Kayla Muller, Carmen Peterson, Zephy Simon and Jenny Sunderland placed first in the 13-15 category after performing their Queen-themed routine. They were coached by Dick.
In the 16-18 group, Jenny Bernard, Kassandra Ferguson, Meagan Sloot, Emma Smith and Jamie Young struck gold after performing their sports theme. They were coached by Keller.
In the 13-15 figure event, Ferguson placed fourth, Peterson fifth, Sunderland sixth, Muller seventh, Simon eighth, Hill-Lonergan ninth, Elliott 11th and Buchholz 12th.
In the 16-18 figure event, Smith placed second, Sloot fourth, Young fifth and Bernard sixth.
Ferguson, coached by Beerstra, was fourth in the 13-15 solo. The 13-15 duet of Peterson and Miller was first, coached by Keller and Dick. The 16-18 duet of Smith and Sloot secured silver, coached by Balcombe and Dick.
Masters stream athletes Lisa Balcombe and Kayley McNab placed first in the Masters Free duet age group 30-39.
With a routine themed as “Menacing Marionettes,” Balcombe and McNab choreographed and coached themselves over the past six months while also helping out other Silhouettes during regular practice.”
The Vernon Silhouettes train three times a week at the Vernon Aquatic Center. The Silhouettes are hosting their annual watershow on Saturday, June 13 at 4 p.m. Admission is free.