Synchronized swimmers attend first competition

Members of the Starfish Synchro Club from Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel traveled to Richmond, Va., for their first synchronized swimming competition on Nov. 6.

More than 140 swimmers from Virginia and Maryland participated. Four of the eight swimmers who attended from the Starfish club won ribbons and other members had impressive scores.


The team began swimming this year on Oct. 2 with 15 participants. Nine have joined the competitive team. United States Synchronized Swimming Inc., sanctions the team.

Coaches are Mary Camp of Laurel and Ginny Chadwick of Columbia. Team manager is Barbara Nelson of Ellicott City.


Participants in the competition were:

Blythe Alexander of Glenelg, in the 16-to-17 age group, who took 3rd place; Vercera Harvey-White of Riverdale, in the 11-and-under age group; Melisa Hensley of Laurel, in the 12-to-13 age group.

Kai Jones of Columbia, in the 11-and-under age group; Marci Nelson of Ellicott City in the 12-to-13 age group, who took 5th place; Lyndsay Phillips of Laurel, in the 14-to-15 age group, who took 2nd place.

Erin Sosinski of Columbia, in the 14-to-15 age group, who took 4th place; and Leslie Templer of Laurel in the 11-and-under age group.

The next class for youth synchronized swimming will run from Jan. 8 to March 12.

This introductory course teaching synchronized swimming or "water ballet," is designed for young people ages 8 to 18.

Participants must be comfortable swimming in 8- to 13-foot-deep water. The program offers the challenge of combining music, dance and gymnastics with swimming. Registration is required. Information: 410-964-0868.



* Jessup: 7300 block of Route 1: The door to a telephone room at Imprinted Sportswear was pried between Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, police said.

* Scaggsville: 8100 block of Aladdin Drive: The screen of a music room window was cut at Hammond Middle School Friday night and a guitar was taken.