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Bay Area Stars Make Synchro Senior National Squad

Bay Area Stars Make Synchro Senior National Squad

Hooray for USA, says four-time Olympic medalist and Sr. Synchronized Swim coach, Andrea Fuentes! Two Bay Area stars were named today to the synchro Senior National squad.

Leane Capdeville (who hails from Nantes, France and now lives in Berkeley) and Nicole Goot, Santa Clara Aquamaids were named by USA Synchro to the 2018-2020 U.S. Senior National Synchronized Swimming Squad.

The squad was finalized following the Senior National Team Challenge in Riverside last month.

The swimmers selected to the Senior National Team are: Anita Alvarez (Buffalo, N.Y.), Paige Areizaga (Palm Coast, Fla.), Leane Capdeville (Nantes, France/Berkeley, Calif.), Nicole Goot (San Jose, Calif.), Hannah Heffernan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Bill May (Henderson, Nev.), Maya Plotnitskaya (Las Vegas, Nev.), Daniella Ramirez (Miami, Fla.), Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.), Abby Remmers (Sugar Land, Texas), Lindi Schroeder (Andover, Mass.), Kanako Spendlove (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Emmanuella Tchakmakjian (New Canaan, Conn.).

Bay Area Stars Shine

Bay Area Stars Make Synchro Senior National Squad Leane Capdeville

Leane Capdeville
Born in Berkeley, Ca. Now in High School, Lycée St Felix,Nantes, France
Photo USA Synchro

Capdeville Highlights:

  • 2018 European Championships (with the French National Team): Team Tech – 6th
  • 2017 Comen Cup, Portugal (with the French National Team): Solo – 3rd (Comen), 5th (world); Figures – 17th (world); Team – 4th (Comen), 7th (world); Combo – 4th (Comen), 6th (world)
  • 2017 French National Championships: Figures – 1st; Team – 2nd; Solo – 2nd; Duo – 2nd
  • 2016 Comen Cup, Israel (with the French National Team): Team – 3rd (Comen), 6th (world); Combo -5th (Comen), 7th (world)
  • 2016 French National Championships: Figures – 4th; Team – 3rd; Combo – 2nd

About Leane: I started synchro in 2010. I have a big sister who used to practice synchro too and a little brother. After synchro I’d like to study psychiatry. I’m French and American. I swam for the French National Team for three years.

Nicole Goot San Jose, swims for Santa Clara Aquamaids.

Nicole Goot San Jose, swims for Santa Clara Aquamaids. Photo USA Synchro

The Goot File:

We’ve covered Nicole before – the many-time decorated Aquamaid was born in Ramat Gan, Israel and makes San Jose her hometown now, swimming for the Santa Clara Aquamaids.

Career Highlights

  • 2018 China Open: Team Tech 2nd, Team Free 2nd
  • 2017 Comen Cup: Duet 3rd, Team 3rd
  • 2017 U.S. National Championships: Duet 1st, Combo 1st, Team 1st
  • 2016 Comen Cup: Team 4th
  • 2016 U.S Nationals: Team 1st, Combo 1st, Duet 3rd
  • 2014 UANA Pan American Championships: Team 1st
About Nicole: I grew up in Israel and moved to America when I was 7. My role model is Anita Alvarez. My favorite subject in school is English, my favorite food is sushi, and my favorite style of music is pop/hip hop.
If I wasn’t swimming synchro, then diving.
Something that people don’t know about me is that I speak Russian!

Feature image by Albert Bravo, courtesy USA Synchro

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