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Santa Clara Takes Top Honors at US Junior and 13-15 Nationals

April 15, 2018, 8:51 p.m. (ET)

LEWISVILLE, Texas – The Santa Clara Aquamaids swept the top awards Sunday as the U.S. Junior and 13-15 National Championships came to a close at the Westside Aquatics Center.

Santa Clara was the high point team in the junior and 13-15 divisions, and the Aquamaids’ Nicole Dzurko (junior) and Claire Kim (13-15) were the high point individuals.

In addition, Santa Clara’s Sonya Van der Velden was named Junior Coach of the Year, and Heather Carrasco was named 13-15 Coach of the Year.

U.S. Junior National Championships

Santa Clara finished with 98 points at the championships to take high point honors. ANA Synchro was second with 54 points, and the Cincinnati YMCA Synchrogators and La Mirade Aquabelles tied for third with 42. The points are based on solo, duet, team and combo finals results.

Dzurko was the high point individual with 71 points. Teammates Camryn Carrasco (65) was second and Hailee Heinrich finished third (57).

On Sunday, Santa Clara won the team final, scoring 150.265 points. Walnut Creek took silver at 146.574, and ANA Synchro (Andover, Mass.) won bronze at 140.968.

In the duet final, Dzurko and Hailee Heinrich topped the podium with 148.3807 points, while teammates Carrasco and Audrey Nguyen were second at 144.8860. Christina Wu and Aivan Nguyen of the La Mirada Aquabelles finished third at 143.4366.

U.S. 13-15 National Championships

Santa Clara was the high point team with 133 points, followed by the New Canaan Y Aquianas (56) and the Walnut Creek Aquanuts (48).

Santa Clara’s Kim totaled 81 points to claim high point individual, and teammates Chiara Steele (77) and Marilyn Weaver (69) finished second and third.

The Aquamaids also won the team final on Sunday, scoring 142.892 points. Walnut Creek (139.922) finished second and La Mirada Aquabelles (137.438) was third.

The final phase of trials for the U.S. 13-15 National Team was also held Sunday. That team and the U.S. 12 & Under National Team, which held trials earlier in the week, will be announced at a later date.

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