Synchronized swimming: Ponies win triangular

 

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS — The Stillwater synchronized swim team remained unbeaten with a strong performance in its first routines meet of the season, knocking off Columbia Heights 37-10 and Richfield 35-12 in Thursday’s triangular at Columbia Heights High School.

The Ponies improved to 5-0 in the East Metro Conference and 5-0 overall.

“It was the first routine meet of the season and the girls were excited to show off the choreography they have been working on for several weeks,” Ponies coach Kathy Henderson said.

Sami Sonnee finished first for the Ponies in the extended solo while Claire Haws and Vessa Pearsall delivered the top score in duet.

“Sami started off the meet beautifully swimming her extended solo,” Henderson said. “She was a bit nervous since her routine was finished only a few days ago, but she swam really well and earned a first place against both teams.”

Katie Koenning, Skyler Olson and Pearsall provided first-place finishes in the trio and Stillwater also prevailed in the extended team event with Elise Adrian, Emily Adrian, Sophie Barnes, Haws, Koenning, Olson, Pearsall and Mariah Smith.

“Our duets and trios stood out from the pack as well, and all performed with high energy and enthusiasm,” Henderson said. “Our extended team had a fantastic swim and earned a lot of applause and high marks from the judges. Although we swam really well, we have some fine-tuning to do to prepare for our other routine meets, and then the section championships which are coming up in three weeks.”

Before that, however, the Ponies will host their annual Water Show on Saturday at Stillwater Junior High School, starting at 7 p.m.

“We are all looking forward to the annual show,” Henderson said. “This gives all the girls on the team a chance to show off their routines to their families and friends.”

 

Stillwater 37, Columbia Heights 10

Stillwater results (scores not available)

Solo — 1. Sami Sonnee (St).

Duet — 1. Claire Haws-Vessa Pearsall (St); 2. Elise Adrian-Emily Adrian (St).

Trio — 1. Katie Koenning-Skyler Olson-Vessa Pearsall (St); 2. Elise Adrian-Emily Adrian-Claire Haws (St).

Team — 1. Stillwater (Elise Adrian, Emily Adrian, Sophie Barnes, Claire Haws, Katie Koenning, Skyler Olson, Vessa Pearsall and Mariah Smith).

 

Stillwater 35, Richfield 12

Solo — 1. Sami Sonnee (St).

Duet — 1. Claire Haws-Vessa Pearsall (St); 2. Elise Adrian-Emily Adrian (St).

Trio — 1. Katie Koenning-Skyler Olson-Vessa Pearsall (St); 3. Elise Adrian-Emily Adrian-Claire Haws (St).

Team — 1. Stillwater (Elise Adrian, Emily Adrian, Sophie Barnes, Claire Haws, Katie Koenning, Skyler Olson, Vessa Pearsall and Mariah Smith).

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