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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics

Griffs Synchro Wins 17th-straight ECAC Title

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/02/2014
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Since the ECAC held its first synchronized swimming championships in 1998, Canisius has been the only school to hoist the trophy. That trend continued on Sunday, with the Griffs making it 17-straight at Boston University.

The Blue and Gold swept all the routines and ‘A’ and ‘B’ figures, resulting in a winning score of 101. The Griffs were trailed by Wheaton (84), host Boston (64.5), Penn State (54.5), William and Mary (33) and Smith College (26.5).

Canisius saw 18 of its points come from the team routine, with seniors Svetlana Ponkratova, Jessica Mancini, Morgan Lebrecht, Deanna DeSimone and Viktoria Mironova as well as sophomores Laina Gray, Kristin Oswald and Laura Schmidt swimming to a score of 83.68, over five points ahead of second place Wheaton.

The Griffs also took the top-two spots in the trio routine, with Ponkratova, Schmidt and Gray scoring 81.98, and Mancini, Lebrecht and DeSimone closely behind at 76.76.

In the duet, Gray and Mancini cruised to a victory with a score of 81.90, 8.54 points ahead of second-place Wheaton.

Ponkratova won the solo routine once again for the Griffs, scoring 82.00, topping Schmidt (77.08). Ponkratova also won the event last season.

Canisius will now head to U.S. Collegiate National Championships March 19-22, in Oxford, Ohio. The Griffs placed fourth at that meet last year.

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