More Champions Crowned At US Junior Olympic Championships

June 30, 2018, 8:22 p.m. (ET)

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OXFORD, Ohio – Synchronized swimmers from 11 different clubs across the country earned medals Saturday on the final day of the U.S. Junior Olympic Championships.

Finals in solo, duet and team were contested in the 16-17 and 18-19 age divisions at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center on the campus of Miami University.

18-19 age division

Seattle Synchro’s Lilly Cao won gold in the solo free final championships, scoring 136.1849 combined points. Erin Fanning of the Cincinnati Synchrogators was second at 135.0865, and Trinity Patton of the Brecksville Blue Dolphins was third with 134.5854.

In the duet final, Nikolett Szekely and Emma Thullen of the Meraquas of Irvine claimed first with 139.4226 points. Rocky Mountain Splash’s Lila Salley and Lindsay Papper won silver (137.3150), and Buffalo Swimkins’ Anna Lange and Emma McCorry earned bronze (135.9775).

The host Cincinnati Synchrogators won the team final with 141.329 combined points, followed by Buffalo Swimkins (140.944) and Seattle Synchro (138.786). The Synchrogators and Swimkins tied in the free event, with both teams scoring 72.2333 points. But it was Cincinnati’s tech advantage (69.0959 to 68.7111) that proved the difference.

16-17 age division

Andrea Percic of MAC Synchro won solo gold with 140.5113 points. Valentina Terry of the Coral Springs Aquacades was second (137.7677), and the Synchrogators’ Paisley McCudden was third (137.2956).

ANA Synchro’s Sofia Puchniak and Olivia Malloy took gold in the duet final with 139.4311. Coral Springs’ Terry teamed with Gabriela Ospina to win silver (137.5376), just edging Emily Brieant and Audrey Millar of the New Canaan Y Aquianas (137.2709).

New Canaan won the team free final with 133.156 total points, followed by Cambridge Synchro (132.761) and the Cincinnati Synchrogators (130.233).

Earlier in the week, the Buffalo Swimkins won the 16-19 combo free final with 70.5333 points, with the Cincinnati Synchrogators finishing second (69.9667) and Seattle Synchro third (69.7000). In the 13-15 combo final, the Walnut Creek Aquanuts won gold (71.6000), followed by the Santa Clara Aquamaids (70.7333) and the Arizona Desert Dolphins (68.2000).

For full results from the Junior Olympic Championships, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/2018/June/22/2018-US-Junior-Olympic-Championships.