Synchronized swimmers earn first place


Carmel resident Tori Baron, 17, is one of the members of the Indy Synchro, a nationally ranked synchronized swimming team who earned first place in the 18-19 Team event at the 2013 eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships recently. Nearly 1,000 athletes ages 11 to 19 participated in the competition held June 21 through 29 in Riverside, Calif. The event was the world’s largest synchronized swimming competition. The other team members were: Jessica Giannuzzi, 18, Noelle St John, 17, and Lysny Woodahl, 16, all of Noblesville; Grace Minkis, 16, of Brownsburg, Laura Hinshaw, 17, Bailey Prather, 16, and Liza Cohen, 17, all of Lawrence; and Ellis Berend, 16, of Indianapolis. Baron also was a member of teams that titled in the 18-19 Trio National Champions and the 18-19 Duet National Champions. Baron also earned fifth place in the 18-19 figures competition.

Syncro swimmers
Back from from left: Grace Minkis, Tori Baron and Bailey Prather; Middle Row from left: Lisny Woodahl, Ellis Berend, Noelle and St. John; standing, coach Stephanie Raftery, front row from left: Laura Hinshaw and Jessica Giannuzzi. (Submitted photo)