Synchronized swimming: Ponies top Richfield


The Stillwater synchronized swim team racked up its third victory in as many figure meets so far this season, dispatching Richfield 29-0 on Thursday at Richfield Middle School.

Mariah Smith led the Ponies (2-0 EMC, 3-0) with her third first-place finish in a row, posting a score of 62.890. Stillwater featured the top seven finishers, with Elise Adrian, Sophie Barnes, Vessa Pearsall and Skyler Olson completing the top five. Claire Haws and Emily Adrian followed in sixth and seventh.

“We are finished with our figure-only meets for the season and it was great to end on such a good note,” Ponies coach Kathy Henderson said. “We’ve been working hard to improve our figure scores and the last three meets proved our work is paying off.”

The Ponies face Columbia Heights and Richfield in a nonconference routines meet on April 25 and will host their annual Water Show on April 27 starting at 7 p.m.

“Now we move on to the second half of the season and start competing our routines,” Henderson said. “We have a full week without competition next week, which will be nice to finish up our choreography. I know the girls are getting anxious to show off their routines and I am confident they will do well in our upcoming competitions.”

l Also on Thursday, the Stillwater JV team recorded a 29-0 victory over the Spartans. Claiming the top five places for the Ponies were Danielle Snow (24.488), Sophie Ogaard (24.470), Kaitlyn Burgess (24.375), Mamie Thrall (23.855) and Sonia Moran (23.638). This marked the third straight 29-0 victory for the JV athletes.

“I’m so proud of all the girls — and especially impressed with our JV athletes,” Henderson said. “Almost all are new to the team.”


Stillwater 29, Richfield 0

Mariah Smith (St) 62.890; 2. Elise Adrian (St) 61.298; 3. Sophie Barnes (St) 60.811; 4. Vessa Pearsall (St) 60.359; 5. Skyler Olson (St) 60.280; 6. Claire Haws (St) 60.188; 7. Emily Adrian (St) 60.008; 8. Tenzin Kelsang (Ric)59.688; 9. Grace Gualtieri (St) 59.078; 10. Sami Sonnee (St) 58.245; 11. Paige Green (St) 58.070; 15. Mikaela Ackerson (St) 55.807; 16. Marietta Johns (St) 55.157; 17. Hannah Harvieux (St) 54.236; 19. Kleio Vrohidis (St) 53.864; 20. Andrea Rustad (St) 53.679; 21. Amanda Connor (St) 53.096; 23. Skyler Finberg (St) 49.114; 24. Maya Ellis (St) 48.464.


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