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All-American honorees Victoria Mintz and Svetlana Ponkratova
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Griffs Place Fifth at U.S. Collegiate Nationals
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/19/2012
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Sophomores Svetlana Ponkratova and Deanna DiSimone earned a pair of bronze medals to lead the Canisius College synchronized swimming team to a fifth-place finish with 61 points at the U.S. Collegiate National Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Ohio State University secured its 28th title with 93 team points. Rounding out the top-three spots was the University of the Incarnate Word in second with 88 points and Lindenwood University in third with 68.5 points.

Ponkratova was named to the All-Collegiate team, finishing third overall in the high-point category for Division-I. Ponkratova recorded a third-place finish in the A figures to capture the team's first bronze medal of the day, scoring a total of 79.159. In the solo competition, the sophomore placed fifth overall with a score of 85.9667.

DiSimone secured her first top-three finish at the Collegiate National Championships en route to a bronze-medal finish in the D figures off a score of

Both Ponkratova and junior Victoria Mintz received All-American honors for their contributions to the team's success throughout the regular and championship season. At the Collegiate Championships, the pair placed sixth in the duet category with a score of 84.3667.

To begin the finals portion of the Championships on Saturday, the Griffs had a pair of trios record top-ten finishes. The team of Ponkratova, Mintz and freshman Viktoria Mironova earned a score of 84.9667 to place fifth. The sophomore group of Melissa Andrews, Morgan Lebrecht, and Jessica Mancini came together to finish ninth with a point total of 79.8167.

In the team routine, the group of Andrews, DiSimone, senior Jessica Grogan, junior Olivia Hanlon, Lebrecht, Mancini, Mintz, and Mironova earned a score of 85.100 for the Griffs' fifth-place team finish.

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