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Northern Colorado Orcas Qualify for U.S. Nationals Championship

Casey Kelly
ckelly@mywindsornow.com

The Northern Colorado Orcas Synchronized Swim Team pose for a photo at the North Zone Championships, where the team placed fourth. In the back row are Abby Birdsall, left, Cleo Anderson, Mariah Anton, Livi Reintsma, Maggie Epstein, Ella Reintsma, a girl who chose not to be identified, Journey Reyes and Emily Holt. In the front row, from left, are coaches Charlotte Alster and Audrey McMahon.

The Northern Colorado Orcas Synchronized Swim Team recently competed in Waterford Township, Mich., at the North Zone Championships.

The age 13-15 team placed fourth out of 12 teams, qualifying them for the U.S. Nationals Championship in Oro Valley, Ariz., near Tucson.

"This is the first time our team has ever made it this far. It's awesome," team manager Ami Reintsma said. "The girls and coaches really pushed themselves to get to this point."

Only the top four teams from each of the zones in the country and eight other teams who qualify based on the results of Age Group Nationals competed at the meet April 8-13 in Oro Valley.

“This is the first time our team has ever made it this far. It’s awesome.
Ami Reintsma
Team manager

"Just getting here is huge for these girls," Reintsma said before the competition Thursday. "It's going to be a great experience. It's a very exciting atmosphere here."

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Results from the competition were not available by press time Thursday.

The Northern Colorado Orcas Synchronized Swim Team's 13-15 Age Group Team is made up of swimmers from Longmont, Berthoud, Windsor and Fort Collins. The team practices at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland and the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.

The team will showcase its routines during its annual Spring Water Show at 2 p.m. April 26 at EPIC in Fort Collins.

For more information, visit the team's website at http://www.orcassynchro.org or email orcassynchro@gmail.com.

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