Jan. 22, 2013
"Competing in this event was fun and stressful," LaBounty said. "I trained and perfected the routine in a two-week period. I was happy to be competing for the Buckeyes and it was nice to represent my team at an event that was not strictly collegiate."
Aton and LaBounty advance to Phase II of the national team trials after finishing among the Top 20 in the competition. Phase II is set to take place May 2-6 in Walnut Creek, Calif.
"I am so pleased with the way Chelsea and Katie represented Ohio State and our synchronized swim team," Head Coach Holly Vargo-Brown said. "It took an extraordinary amount of effort and time management on their part to successfully prepare themselves for this event while, at the same time, continuing their commitment to their academics and our collegiate program. We are excited for them to continue on at the next phase of trials in May."
In the event, all competitors had to learn the same technical routine. Each swimmer had two opportunities to perform the routine. The first round was an individual swim and the second round was a group swim based on placement after the first day of competition. The scores were based on overall execution, manner of presentation and clarity of movement. Swimmers from club and collegiate teams across the country were eligible to compete.
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