Senior Jessica Grogan, junior Melissa Andrews, and sophomore Jessica Mancini of the Canisius College synchronized swimming team have been selected to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming team. The three Olympic hopefuls will compete along with over 40 other swimmers at the U.S. Olympic trials on Nov. 11-14 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
"It is absolutely amazing to have three Griffs qualify for the Olympic trials. I am so proud of them and their overall work ethic of our team," said head coach Jill Wright. "We have worked very hard and it is wonderful to see it pay off with this amazing achievement. I'm honored to carry on the great tradition of Canisius synchronized swimming."
All three swimmers have played a role in the continued success of the Canisius synchronized swimming team at the 2011 ECAC Championship. All three student-athletes helped secure the team's 14th consecutive ECAC Championship as a part of the first-overall team routine. Grogan finished third overall in the solo routine, while Andrews and Mancini finished third in the duet portion. The tandem of Andrews and Mancini joined sophomore Morgan Lebrecht to finish third in the trio routine.
As a senior, Grogan has been a part of three ECAC title teams and two U.S. Collegiate Nationals bronze-medal winning teams. Andrews, a junior, joined Grogan on the 2010 bronze medal squad.
The Golden Griffins will open their 2012 campaign at the Boston University Invitational on Jan. 28-29.