The Ontario Synchronized Swimming Club, which includes six members of the McMaster team, captured the gold medal at the recent Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) 12th World Master’s Championships in Perth, Australia.
The McMaster swimmers were Charlotte Peer (Waterdown), a fourth-year communication studies and multimedia student, Lindsay Maclean (Oshawa), a third-year mechanical engineering management student, Carla Dilellio (Burlington), a fourth-year human resources management student, Carly Fairles (Waterloo), a second-year kinesiology student, Christa Schnarr (Hamilton) and Melynda Saunders (Hamilton), both fourth-year geography students.
In addition to the team gold, Peer, Fairles, Dilellio and MacLean earned a silver medal, and Schnarr and Saunders came away with a bronze.
Peer, who was the McMaster Synchronized Swimming Team’s most valuable player, said “we are shocked … but obviously very happy”.
The FINA World Masters Championship is held bi-annually in even years. This year’s event attracted nearly 5,000 competitors from 80 national federations.