Several members of the Estevan Mermaids synchronized swimming club traveled to Saskatoon to compete in the Sandy Roberts meet on March 2 and 3.
“This is a meet that we do not normally attend, but seven of our athletes were looking for some extra experience in front on the judges,” said head coach Brenda Lyons. “These girls are incredibly committed to synchronized swimming and to their performances, so it was a pleasure to attend the meet with them.”
Most of the Mermaids recorded their highest scores of the season. In the novice category, Hannah Mantei came home with a fourth place finish in her individual figures competition, and a first place in her solo event.
In the 13 to 15 provincial stream division, all the Mermaids placed in the top 10 in individual figures, with Tracy Irwin taking fourth place and Danika Poirier finishing in a tie for fifth.
In the 13 to15 solo category, Kelsey Potoma narrowly edged out fellow Mermaid Brooke Kruger by 0.046 to take third. Hannah Whitman and Tracy Irwin placed second in the 13 to 15 duet category.
Mackenzie Dahl placed second place in individual figures and was first in the 16 to 18 provincial stream solo division.
“This was the first time in Dahl's eight-year career that she has performed a solo,” said Lyons. “She has enormous talent as a soloist and her routine was the one that the crowd was talking about after the event. We were thrilled at how well she performed.
“As well, it was the debut duet for the Whitman / Irwin team, as neither of them had ever never performed in a duet routine. Their 'Titanic'-themed routine left the audience with shivers on Sunday morning (March 3).”
All 27 members of the Mermaids competitive club will travel to Winnipeg March 9 and 10 for the Marj Simpson Invitational Meet.