Catalina Club makes a splash

Kyle Moroney
Mar 23, 2011


GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP — Crazy, colorful costumes, comedic skits and choreographed dancing and swimming were all part of the Grand Haven High School Catalina Club's 2011 "Floatin' With the Fellas" performances at the Grand Haven Aquatic Center on Friday night.

Dressed in colorful costumes, high school freshmen through senior girls danced and swam to a mix of genres, ranging from Jackson Five's hit "ABC" to Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life."   "I think it's good," Catalina Club Advisor Betsy Ainsworth said during the first of the club's five shows this weekend. "We're working out the kinks. The next show will be even better just because we're getting everything lined up."   The GHHS Catalina Club has been performing since the 1950s and includes nearly 100 members this year, according to Ainsworth.

Members of this year's synchronized swimming club have been practicing their routines early in the mornings several times a week for the past three and half months.   "It's a group of women who come together to perform these five shows," said Ainsworth, a former Catalina swimmer. "It's (about) bringing all kinds of girls together, really, that maybe wouldn't be friends outside in other areas. But they all come together. The girls are getting along so well. "   Attendee Joyce Martyn came out to the Aquatic Center on Friday night to cheer on her granddaughter, Madalyn Hanson, at her first Catalina Club performance.   "I'm here to watch her swim and see the show," said Martyn, who attended the show with Hanson's family. "This is fantastic for this town."   Fifteen-year-old Martha Ramsey said she heard about Catalina through a friend's older sister who was in Catalina last year.
  "It sounded like fun and so I joined," the GHHS freshman said. "It's something fun to do with my friends."   Arden Clark, 15, joined Catalina after seeing a show a couple years ago and enjoys the camaraderie among the club's members and everyone's fun, "goofy" side, she said.   "You meet so many people," said fellow Catalina member, Anne Danicek, 14.   Throughout the show, the men's Catalina group revved up the well-attended audience in between songs with short, comedic skits.
  "We help to compliment the show," said 18-year-old Erik Johnson, a senior at GHHS who has been involved in Catalina for three years. "You can just be yourself."   Seventeen-year-old Cody Duston, president of the guy's Catalina group, participated in Catalina when he was a freshman and carried on the tradition through his last year as a senior, he said.

"It's fun to hang out with the guys and help the girls with their show," he said. "You can goof around."   The GHHS Catalina Club's "Floatin' with the Fellas" show continues today at 2, 5 and 7 p.m.   Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children age 5 and under.



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