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The Aquettes Take the Gold!

July 6, 2011
Grizanti, Alvarez take gold in duet

By Brandon Koch The Tonawanda News

A year removed from taking the national crown in their home pool, the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes took silver in this year’s E-Synchro National Age Group Synchronized Swimming Finals over the weekend in Seattle.

Julia Grizanti and Anita Alvarez highlighted the event, teaming up for the Aquettes’ first-ever gold medal in team history.

“They had a great swim,” Aquettes coach Karen Alvarez said of Grizanti and Anita Alvarez. “They were really synchronized, they were right on, super high and sharp. … That was very exciting. We really weren’t expecting that, but they went up there and had the swim of the year.”

Grizanti also took second in figures and won a silver medal for her solo performance as well, while Anita Alvarez placed third in figures.

With a “spy vs. spy” routine full of flips, the Aquettes A-Team caught the judges’ eye early on in the competition to move on to the figure round. Though a gold overall would have been nice, coach Alvarez said the team was really happy with the silver.

“The girls worked really hard. We weren’t took sure what to expect since we have some new kids on the team,” she said. “Everyone really swam their best swim of the year. They peaked at the right time.”

In addition the B-Team came up big with a fifth place finish.

“That was probably the most excited,” Alvarez said. “They’re a small group, only had about five of them, and they ended up in fifth place. It was very thrilling.”

The 50th anniversary TTA squad is comprised of Grizanti (Kenmore East), Alvarez (Hoover Middle School), Kahlie Bostaph (Kenmore West), Amy Brooks (Kenmore East), Cassie Migliore (Kenmore West), Emily Sansone (Kenmore Middle School), Sommerlyn Stevens (Kenmore Middle School), and Rachel Willard (Mount St. Mary’s).

Members of the Aquettes are on the move once again Saturday, as they will travel to Hawaii for the U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming Championships. Then on Aug. 5 the Aquettes will be at Brighton Pool for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The show, which takes place at 7 p.m., costs just $5 for those 21 and older, including food and beverages. On Aug. 6 the Aquettes past and present will celebrate the anniversary at 6 p.m. at Cafe Banchetti, 550 North French in Amherst.

“We wind up with our show and our big 50th anniversary reunion,” Alvarez said. “It should be a fun summer.”