Years in Review
2009 was a year where travel was an issue but turned out to be all ok. We had to travel twice to the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. As you would guess that is definitely NOT a drivable distance. We had to decline the invitation to Ohio State and stay very close to home for all of our meets. We also missed the ECAC Conference Championship as it was held also to far away to drive. All in all though, we had a very successful season. We held our Fall Figure meet in November of ’08 and our W&M Invitational in January of ’09 and you can see by the results in the other section of the web page that we did just great. We travelled on to Mary Washington for an away meet and did some extra training with our Olympian friend Becky Jasontek who came for a week in January. Ohio State came to us in February and then it was on to the airplane. Our first trip to UIW was a lot of fun and a lot of work. We were invited to stay at a real ranch. It had a guest house that was huge and slept the entire team without crowding. It had showers for all and a full kitchen which the owner stocked with food. Each night they fed us dinner in their big Pavilion (one room the size of a house with a fire place and large kitchen and outdoor barbecue). We felt like we were treated like royalty. This was one huge donation to our travel fund as our hosts to complete care of us. They even packed coolers for lunch and snacks. The meet went well and we were able to have a dual meet the first day too. We placed all of our routines to qualify to come back for Nationals and the only down side was storms in Atlanta kept us in San Antonio Sunday night and most of Monday. Classes were missed but sight seeing got done instead. We returned 3 weeks later for Nationals. This was not the vacation that Regionals was. Competition was very strong and the days were long. Brynn Holingsworth finished in 11th in Finals with her solo and the duet of Brynn and Rachel Morris were pre-swimmers in Finals. The team finished 14th but we finished 11th in Overall Standings, a very good placing in a field of 25 colleges.
The 2008 season was one of high hopes. We started off the season with our William & Mary Invitational and were excited to host not only the 3 Virginia Teams but also the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University and the University of the Incarnate Word. Two of these teams are Varsity and ranked top in the country. Stanford brought their Associate Athletic Director in hopes of encouraging W&M to accept Synchro as a Varsity Sport. In the competition we placed 3rd overall and felt very good about our performance. On we went the next day to the University of Mary Washington where we also placed 3rd against some of the same Colleges and the addition of Penn Start University. We next travelled to Ohio State where we had a wonderful time and also great results placing 2nd overall against 5 Colleges that we had not met before. The next week Ohio State visited us for a Dual Meet where the coach of Ohio State made us feel very good about our performance. We finished, of course 2nd to the reigning National Champions. We were sorry to miss the competition but felt safety was more important. The last weekend of February we were off to George Mason University and the Collegiate Regional for the South. All of our Routines placed well enough to qualify for Collegiate Nationals the end of March and the Duet of Rachel Morris and Brynn Hollingsworth and the Solo of Hannah Cohen qualified for the elite US National Championship. Unfortunately we missed the ECAC Conference Championship due to a major snow storm and plans to drive. Off we went to Nationals at Ohio State. Fortunately the SkyBus airline did not fold until we got home. The Gold time finished 11th in Finals and our Duet was pre-swimmer for Finals. It was a great meet. Our last event was the US National Championships. The Duet attended and met all their goals. They also met some very interesting people. One is the Producer of a Documentary about Synchro that has won many awards at the Film Festivals around the country. The other very important person was one of our 2003 Olympians and Bronze Medal winners, Becky Jasontek. It was a great year.
The 2007 competition season was a very successful one for the Mermettes. In January, the Gold team cut their winter vacation short for a week of intense, twice-a-day practices—an appropriate introduction to the competition season! The Mermettes kicked off the season with a sweeping victory at the William and Mary Invitational, placing first in all of the routine categories and overall against all of the teams in the Virginia area. In the month of February, the Mermettes placed a firm second to the former national champion Ohio State University synchronized swimming team, certainly an exciting achievement. After surviving twelve hour long bus ride to the University of Georgia, the Mermettes took 3rd overall at the Southern Regional Championship for the first time in several years. Finally, the Mermettes survived another long bus ride to Wheaton University in Norton, Massachusetts to compete at the Collegiate National Championship, swimming against every collegiate program in the nation. To top off an already victorious season, the Gold team (composed of advanced swimmers) made finals, placing 10th in the team event-- matching last year’s highest placement to date! The Green team (made up of novice swimmers) put on an impressive performance placing 19th, and defeated their local rivals from the University of Mary Washington and George Mason University.
The 2006 competition season for the Mermettes was a very successful one. Swimmers were required to come back from winter break early for a week of intense practices. The 2006 season was kicked off by the William & Mary Invitational, where the Mermettes were awarded 1st place in all but one of the routine categories, defeating many of our local rivals. The Mermettes placed 4th overall at our Regional Championship against many of the highest ranked teams in the nation. In the middle of March, the Mermettes traveled to Keuka, NY, braving the snow and ice, for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. For the first time in close to a decade, the Mermettes placed 3rd overall at ECACs, an exciting feat and a great preparation for the upcoming Collegiate National Competition! The Mermettes traveled across the country--to Palo Alto, CA--for the National Championships. To top off an already victorious season, the Gold team, made up of advanced swimmers, placed 10th in the team routine competition--the highest placement to date! The Green team, made up of novice swimmers, also had a great meet and defeated many local rivals.