|What Is Synchronized Swimming?|
Synchronized swimming is a fusion of swimming, gymnastics and dance. It involves competitors (solos, duets, or teams) combining strength, endurance, flexibility, grace and artistry with exceptional breath control while upside down underwater. Swimmers perform their routines to music and are scored on a scale of 10, with points for both technical merit and artistic impression.
Teams are selected based on skill, experience, and age. They usually consist of 8 girls, but can reach up to 10. Furthermore, the girls can be chosen to perform, in addition to their team routine, a duet or a solo. These girls are chosen once tryouts are completed, and as soon as their skills are assessed and evaluated. WAC usually has a Senior team, Junior A & B teams as well as a Beginner Synchro Team.
Please consult ALPS web site at www.jumptoalps.com or WAC August calendar for exact dates and locations.
Practices take place in the early mornings (7:30 am) and evenings and are numerous. The girls are required to commit to not missing more than 8 practices during the summer and attendance will be taken.
A routine will be learned throughout the summer and will be performed at the competitions in August. Each and every girl is important to the success of the routine. The coaches ask that any girl wishing to participate in the program take this commitment seriously.
Girls who participate in the synchro program are required to pay $60 towards team bathing suits for the competition. Those who participate in solo and duet events may be required to pay additional fees.