This experience is a new one for our family. This last summer as we were looking for what activities were available here and my oldest talked to some of her friends, she found out there is a Synchronized Swim Team club in our town. She thought this sounded very interesting to her as it's a combination of her two favorite things - dance and swimming. This club has an excellent reputation and fills many teams at various levels and ages. They had try outs last June and again in early September. Turns out after her try out, she made a team and each Friday night for an hour and a half she practices. She has fallen in love with the sport and also found out that it's very tiring (I think this is the only sport we have found which actually exhausts my high energy girl!)
I love how organized this club is - great communication and wonderful team spirit! It's so refreshing to see. Since her team is made up of new swimmers to the club, they will not do a competition until this Spring and then that will only be on basic skills. Other teams of this club have been competing locally and regionally all year. This Winter gala was a way to showcase all the teams and show their progress.
The following is a team that incorporates swimmers who have been doing this sport for 3 years - they range in age from 12 to 14 years old. It was so fun to hear all the girls cheer and support each team!
|At the end of the performance, they all looked pretty happy!|
|Discussing the routine with the trainer after the performance|
The finale was very interesting....many teams in the water and others on the sides all doing the same routine together. It was a lot of fun to watch.
PS - watching it all come together that night and listening to the girls support each other made even the task of painting the waterproof gel into their hair worth it!! Yes, it's hard enough to do a perfect tight bun - but then so it stays put in the water, one has to mix up waterproof gel and get it the right consistency and then paint it all over their heads! Needless to say after very warm water and 3 shampoos it was out!