LAKELAND — All 14 members of the Lakeland YMCA Flamingo Synchro Swim
Team have qualified for the 2014 West Florida Synchronized Swimming
Championships this weekend at the Southwest Recreation Complex Pool in
Largo, having placed in the top three during the recent Northwest Florida
Association Synchro Championships in Tallahassee.
The regional meet is the qualifier in the age group division for the
U.S. Synchro Age Group National Championships in Federal Way, Wash., in
late June. Working toward that goal are: Lilly Blackstone, Laney Blair,
Astrid Ericson, Ireland Dempster, Riley Dempster, Kaitlyn Howe, Sarah
Meeker, Jillian McDonough, Carly Milam, Helen Rosinsky, Maggie Ruthven,
Stephi Taylor, Madison Thomas, and team captain Michaela Wright.
First place finalists at the association meet included the 13-15
intermediate division team of Blackstone, Ericson, Dempster sisters,
Meeker, McDonough, Milam and Thomas; 18-19 age group team of Blair, Howe, Rosinsky, Ruthven, Taylor and Wright; 12-and-under intermediate duet -Meeker-McDonough; 13-15 intermediate duet of the Dempster sisters;
12-and-under trio of Blackstone, Milam and Thomas; 18-19 trio Blair,
Ruthven and Wright. In addition, Thomas finished first in 12-and-under
The Flamingos are celebrating its 30th Anniversary season by supporting
U.S. Synchro’s “Synchro de Mayo” campaign with a Synchro de Mayo Spring
Water Show, Wednesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Lakeland YMCA, 3620
Cleveland Heights Boulevard., Lakeland. Members of the Flamingo Synchro
Team, the YMCA’s novice Aqua Chick program and adult masters synchro
swimmers will present routines from the current competitive season.
Preceding the show is the club’s annual “Spaghetti-2-Go” fundraiser, from
5- p.m.-7 p.m. Guests can drop by to pick up a meal for $5. Tickets go on
sale next week and is limited to the first 250 patrons.
For more information, contact Coach Lorraine Valerino at (863) 644-3528
at the YMCA. In addition to Valerino, volunteer assistant coaches are Anna
Whitman and former Flamingo Brianna Whitman.
*Cutline info: Lakeland YMCA Flamingo 13-15 Intermediate Team members won
first place during the recent Northwest Florida Association Championships
in Tallahassee. Pictured (from left) are: Lilly Blackstone, Sarah Meeker,
Riley Dempster, Astrid Ericson, Ireland Dempster, Jillian McDonough, Carly
Milam and Madison Thomas.