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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Numerous young champions have been crowned after the first week of the U.S. Junior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Championships, the largest synchro event in North America.
In the 13-15 division, Nicole Meza of the La Mirada Aquabelles won three events while the Santa Clara Aquamaids took gold in the team and free combo finals.
Meza led the field in figures and the solo final to score 140.5259 total points (69.3926 in figures). Teammate Veronika Orlovska was right behind with 138.8259 points (69.0592 figures), and Olivia Li of the New Canaan Y Aquianas earned bronze in the solo final at 134.3740. Jade Low of La Mirada Aquabelles was third in figures at 68.3334.
Meza and Low won duet with 139.4963 points. Santa Clara’s Yujin Chang and Emily Ding were second at 135.3407, followed by Ashlyn Wang and Victoria Zimm of the Arizona Desert Dolphins at 134.6520.
Santa Clara and the Coral Springs Aquacades went 1-2 in the team and free combo finals. The Arizona Desert Dolphins won bronze in team while the Walnut Creek Aquamaids were third in combo.
Megumi Field put in strong performances in the 12 & Under division of the championships, winning gold in figures, solo, duet and team for the La Mirada Aquabelles.
Field edged Yoonseo Hur of the Pirouettes of Texas in both figures and the solo final, finishing with 132.3021 total points to Hur’s 131. 8052. (Field had 65.1354 points in figures, while Hur had 64.7052.) Santa Clara’s Riley Morgan took bronze in solo with 129.2939 points. Anya Melson of the Minnesota Synchronettes finished third in figures with 64.0726 points.
Field teamed with Sarine Cho to take duet gold with 131.9745 points, followed by Dalia Ovadia and Giordanna Zuniga of the Walnut Creek Aquanuts (127.2693), and Nicole Chung and Calista Liu of La Mirada (126.8653).
La Mirada won the team final with 127.8532 points. The Santa Clara Aquamaids won silver at 125.0348 and the Walnut Creek Aquanuts took bronze at 124.4560.
The Junior Olympic Championships continue Friday with preliminary competition in the 16-17 and 18-19 divisions.
To see the full schedule and results, go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/2017/June/30/2017-Junior-Olympic-Championships.
The championships are streamed live by TakeItLive at http://takeitlive.tv/livesynchro/.