The Gee-Gees Synchro Club has been a student run club under the Competitive Sports Clubs (CSC) program at the University of Ottawa since September 2003. In its first year, the club consisted of one team (8 swimmers and 2 alternates), one novice swimmer and two student-coaches. Since then, the club has continued to grow and mature. This past season, our club consisted of 29 swimmers. As of the 2015-2016 season, we had 2 competitive teams, a novice team, a competitive solo as well as a competitive duet competing for us.
The club is a member of the Canadian University Synchronized Swimming League (CUSSL) that was formed in 2001. This league contains 14 Universities, ranging from the West all the way to the East. All Universities who would like to compete nationally with their synchro team is a member of CUSSL. This league holds 3 competitions annually: Invitationals, Easterns/Westerns, as well as Nationals. All competition events include both the competitive and novice categories and each category holds a team, duet, solo and combo event. Our club’s status within the league has continued to grow with the years. This past year, our Garnet team placed first at Nationals, bringing home the John Drake Trophy!
Our season starts with the beginning of classes, the first week of September, and runs until early April. We always hold an Annual Information Night on the first Sunday after the Labor Day Long Weekend, and all interested swimmers are invited to participate! We have a short try-out period, where we divide teams based on skill, experience, and technique. However, if you would like to swim with our club, there will be a spot for you no matter what! Then our competitive season continues until mid-February. Afterwards, we hold an end-of-season Watershow to showcase our routines (and a few new ones!) from the past year.
If you would like to join, or would just like more information, please email us. Experience is not required (as we have a large developing novice program). We are always looking for new swimmers and coaches!
McGill Invitational (Montreal)
Garnet Team: 4th/7
Competitive Duet: 9th/9
Competitive Solo: 6th/6
Novice Team: 2nd/2
Eastern Canadian Championships (Guelph)
Garnet Team: 3rd/9
Competitive Duet: 12th/12
Competitive Solo: 9th/12
Novice Team: 2nd/4
National Championships (British Columbia)
Garnet Team: 1st/13
Competitive Duet: 16th/16
Competitive Solo: 9th/14
Novice Team: 4th/5
COACHING STAFF 2015-2016
Katie Simanzik (Garnet Team)
Katelynn Rowe (Combo)
Emily Fergusson and Allie Simanzik (Novice team)
Katherine Hassan-Legault (Competitive solo)