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Neptunes battle for spots at Provincials

Scott McKenzie
The Times

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Fraser Valley Regional Synchronized Swimming Regional Championships were held at the Maple Ridge Leisure Wednesday, where members of the Haney Neptunes and Langley Flippers competed for spots at the Provincials.

The event started out with individual examinations by the regional judges, with Haney swimmers putting up the best scores in all of the age groups.

Kate Campbell was the run away winner in the Division 1-2 Beginners category with a score of 48.9, and was followed by Caitlyn McInnis who scored a 40.4.

In the Division 3-4 Beginner's category, Rebecca Todd scored a division-high 47.5.

There were only two swimmers in Division 1-2 Intermediate, but Haney's Anika Rich beat out Langley's Bethany Foot by almost five points.

Faith Philips and Tana George were standouts in Division 3-4 Intermediate, with Philips just edging George by less than a point.

Division 5+ Intermediate was also dominated by Haney, as Talana Madu, Sasha Walker and Morgan Mackay took the top three spots respectively.

In the Advanced division there were only two swimmers, both representing the Neptunes.

Madison Gwynne's 55.4 just beat out Kathleen Read's 54.4. The second half of the day was the routine swims, in which both the Neptunes and Flippers competed in both duet and team events. Haney's division three swimmers scored 44.6 in their "Madonna" routine, beating out Langley's "Ghostbusters" theme.

Haney's Intermediate's scored 53.8 in their Mariah Carey routine, outswimming Langleys score of 45.2
The Neptune's advanced swimmers swam to "All that Jazz," a theme borrowed from the movie "Chicago."
Haney scored an immaculate 54.8 for that routine.
Next for both teams is provincials, which happen later this month in Trail.

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