Synchro team shoots for success

Ciana Fragnito, Social Media Reporter

Synchronized swimming, or as some call it underwater dancing, has had a long legacy of great athletes doing great things at Stillwater. The team’s competitive side paired with the bonds formed between their teammates, creates a recipe for success. That is exactly what they have had and are preparing to have for the upcoming season.

Coach Kathy Henderson, who began coaching in 2012, continuously pushes each athlete to perform at their full potential, which in turn betters the team as a whole. This sport, unlike any other, combines rhythm, skill, and most importantly breath holding all to make the sport this team knows and loves.

The team forms close bonds with one another as they all work towards a common goal of perfecting their routines and relying on one another to do the same. The friendships are necessary to get to know the people you will be working so closely with to achieve one common goal.

The atmosphere that is within each routine of groups, trios, and duets is strong as everyone is trying to work together to improve their routine”

— Grace Gualateiri

“The atmosphere that is within each routine of groups, trios, and duets is strong as everyone is trying to work together to improve their routine,” senior captain Grace Gualateiri said.

“The team aspect is very different than other sports. We have one big team but several other small teams including 8 person routines, trios, duets, and solos. The people you become the closest with are the members of your respective routines,” junior Claire Summary said.

Henderson is able to see the chemistry within the team, but more importantly looks at the team as a family. One family supporting one another through ups and downs that come with competing at any sport.

“Chemistry is VERY important in synchronized swimming. We become a very tight-knit family for three months of the year. With any family, there are ups and downs, but overall the girls are supportive and encouraging of one another, and they’re all working towards the same goals. If someone makes a mistake or misses a practice they know that they are letting their teammates down,” Henderson said.

The team is now about halfway through the season and is looking forward to finishing strong leading into sections and state. The team hopes to close the tighten the gap between long time state champion Wayzata.

“Hopefully we can pull off another win at our section meet . As for the state meet, the competition will be really hard, but we’ll be striving to maintain our second place position, and maybe even close the gap between us and 1st place Wayzata,” Henderson said.

The synchronized swimming annual show is May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Stillwater Junior High pool. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.