On March 21, the Carolina Synchro Club placed in seven events at the Spring Fling Invitational in Alexandria, Va., the club’s first organized competition. In an event that drew nearly 100 competitors, Carolina Synchro Club brought home three gold medals, two silver and two bronze.
The 11-12 year-old Novice team of Rose Auten of Mooresville, Rachel Bowen of Cornelius, Caris Gross of Charlotte, Sophia Schwinghammer of Indian Trail and Kami Heath and Olivia Schafer of Huntersville captured the gold medal in the team routine. The 13-15 intermediate team of Amor Camatcho and Tessa Peerbolte of Huntersville, Summer King of Mooresville, Samantha Silverstein of Charlotte and Emma Stump of Cornelius took second place with a final score of 49.22. The 10 & Under Novice Duet of Campbell Cupples and Sarah Stump of Cornelius also brought home a gold medal.
Tessa Peerbolte placed first, Emma Stump third and Summer King fourth in the 13-15 Intermediate Figure competition. In the 11-12 Novice Figure competition, Olivia Schafer finished second, while Rose Auten placed third, Sophia Schwinghammer earned fifth and Caris Gross placed sixth.
Carolina Synchro Club opened in September 2009 with 11 swimmers at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics. The club has grown to 34 swimmers participating in beginner classes, recreational and competitive programs. The program is coached by Anne Schulte and Cassidy Ramage, both former college competitors and members of past U.S. national teams.