Battling competition nerves at their final event of the season, six Northern Novas took part in the Jean Peters Provincial Championships for synchronized swimming in Kamloops, B.C. last weekend.
Coach Heather O’Carroll said that the swimmers executed parts of their routine well.
“Nerves really come into play when we’re competing,” she said.
This was the final time the swimmers got to compete their routines for the season, having started the choreography process in the fall of 2016.
Designing a routine, from the theme to the music to the choreography, is a collaborative process, said O’Carroll.
“There’s input from everybody,” she said.
In the solo competition, Taylor Jobin finished 12th in the 13-15 age group. Camron Maguire was 7th in the 16-18 age group.
The club’s only duet – Amelia Frey and Helene Maguire – finished 14th in the 13-15 age group.
The six swimmers in attendance at the meet then swam their team routine and finished 12th in the 13-15 age group.
The team routine was comprised of Kate Josie, Helene Maguire, Camron Maguire, Amelia Frey, Taylor Jobin and Ella Laliberty.
The team event usually involves eight athletes, but the Northern Novas make do with six.
Having Camron, the team’s only male athlete, in the routine helps add some extra power and height.
“Cam happens to be really strong,” said O’Carroll. “He’s a huge asset.”
In addition to performing their routines, the Northern Novas also took part in the figures competition, where they demonstrate four different sets of skills that are predetermined ahead of the competition.
Josie finished in the top half of her 11-12 age group, pulling off 17th place.
In the 13-15 age group, Jobin was 33rd, Helene was 38th, Laliberty was 43rd and Frey was 48th.
Camron was 20th in the 16-18 age group.
The Northern Novas performed their year-end showcase on May 6 and with provincials under their belt, have wrapped up the season until the fall.