Stingrays cool under pressure

By Jamie Harkins

April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

MOON WALK The Stingrays aged 16-18 team of Paige Dembicki, Haley Wickham-Cross, McKenna Campbell, Khyler Yockey and Kallie Lumbard dance to a Michael Jackson mash-up. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The pressure of competing in a provincial championship can either help or harm a team’s chances at a medal.
The Border City Stingrays synchronized swimming club aged 16-18 team of Paige Dembicki, Haley Wickham-Cross, McKenna Campbell, Khyler Yockey and Kallie Lumbard captured a gold medal at the 2017 Sadie Caulder Knight provincial championships at Regina’s Lawson Aquatic Centre on April 2, by tuning out that desire to be the top club and letting their opponent worry about the final result.
“We wouldn’t have cared had we gotten second place,” said Yockey.
“We made it just about enjoying it. I think the other team made it about winning, whereas we made it about just doing our routine the best.”
The Stingrays team beat the Weyburn Synchro Stars at provincials with a Michael Jackson inspired routine incorporating a mash-up of the singer’s “Smooth Criminal,” “Thriller,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Bad.”
Dembicki said arm sequences, boosts, highlights and a lot of facial expressions were involved in the championship routine, which they have been perfecting since September.
She said coach Lynn Kvill chose the songs, but they all feel the selection worked well in giving the routine a solid beat.
“I was surprised we got first place,” added Campbell, noting they practise three times a week at the Bioclean Aquatic Centre on both their individual or figures performance, and their team routine.
“Our figure marks were higher than we usually get and that goes toward our mark in our routine.”
Wickham-Cross said swimming competitively with the Stingrays allows her team to demonstrate to the audience, judges and their opponents the talent that exists in the club. The aged 16-18 team and their peers in the Stingrays enjoyed a chance to do just that in the club’s final showcase before a packed audience of fans at their home pool on Sunday evening.
“It was just showing them what we’re capable of,” noted Lumbard, “and how hard we work.”

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