Speedo Junior National Championships Make Debut in Federal Way

April 03, 2009, 3:50 p.m. (ET)
Federal Way, Wash. - More than 300 elite athletes will gather at the Weyerhaeuser-King County Aquatic Center, April 2-4, for the Speedo Junior National Synchronized Swimming Championships. The participating athletes, ranging in age from 15 to 18, will vie for Junior National Titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events.  The Pacific Northwest Association (PNA) will host the athletes. PNA is made up of the Kitsap Water Blossoms, Olympia YMCA Synchro Club, Pacific Waves Synchro, Port Townsend Pirouettes, Seattle Cascades Synchro Club, Seattle Kaleidoscopes and the Seattle Synchronized Swim Team.

The Santa Clara Aquamaids (Santa Clara, Calif.) will be in search of bringing home their third-consecutive Junior National title after earning high-point honors the past two years. Other top contenders will include the Walnut Creek Aquanuts (Walnut Creek, Calif.), who took second place last year, and the 2006 Junior National Champions the Riverside Aquettes (Riverside, Calif.).

Top routines will advance to the 2009 U.S. National Championships, which will take place April 30-May 2, at Stanford University.

Tickets for Saturday will be $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-12) and senior citizens. Admission on Thursday and Friday is free of charge.

Check www.usasynchro.org daily for results and information. For more information, contact Taylor Payne at taylor@usasynchro.org or (317) 507-3410.