Synchro beats Richfield in dual meet

Team looks to improve before Sections


Sam St. Clair

Sophomore Annie Breyak and senior Savannah Kjaer swim their extended duet at the dual meet against Richfield May 3. The team's next meet is at 4:30 p.m. May 8 at the high school swimming pool.

Dani Orloff and Sam St. Clair

While reflecting on the synchro team’s final score at the dual meet against Richfield May 3, sophomore Ava Tronson said the 35-12 win reflects the commitment of all members of the team.

“I think we did a lot better as an overall team,” Tronson said. “We’ve been working on formations, and they looked much better last night, but we’re still working on a lot of elements of our routines.”

Synchronized swimming coach Linda Gust said she feels the practices have helped the team succeed.

“Everybody I felt has made really, really excellent progress especially over the course of this week,” Gust said. “All of the sudden you’re like, ‘oh that felt so much more together.’”

Tronson said she enjoyed the supportive atmosphere of the meet.

“I really like cheering for all of the other routines even if they are not from our team,” Tronson said. “It’s just really fun to watch.”

Sophomore Annie Jacobson said she swam in three different dances, and she believes each one was scoring high.

“I swam my solo, my team, and figures,” Jacobson said. “It went well. I think everyone had pretty good swims. I think we’ve just good at all the meets.”

According to Gust, there were only four swimmers able to gain points for the team’s overall score during the dual meet.

“Anybody that swims four points in routines, even though they swam figures, have to swim exhibition figures,” Gust said. “So the four people off of that long team are all the ones that placed in that top four.”

According to Gust, due to the severe winter weather delaying the season, the team has had to recover and make up for the lost time.

“Even though we are an indoor sport, we’ve had three days cancelled over the course of our season, and three days is a big deal,” Gust said. “I think the girls have done a really good job of trying to get on track now.”

Gust said as the season comes to a close, with only three weeks left, she feels the synchro team has worked hard to overcome any obstacles in their way.

“Every season has its own set of things that aren’t quite as we would like. We started the season with lots of illnesses and usually that’s not the case,” Gust said. “I think in general people have done a really great job of figuring out how to make things work and how to kind of adjust.”

Tronson said despite the victory against Richfield, the team hopes to continue improving in preparation for Sections.

“We’re kind of pushing it right now, but we should get enough work in before Sections comes around,” Tronson said. “I think we’ll be ready.”

According to Gust, the team’s next meet is at 4:30 p.m. May 8 against Bloomington at the high school swimming pool.