Synchronized Swimming is when a group of swimmers performs a synchronized routine to music in the water

people underestimate how difficult the sport really is

The sport combines the strength of a gymnast

the flexibility of a ballerina

and the endurance of a swimmer

Synchronized swimmers must also hold their breathe and they are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool

They perform routines that can last from 3 to 4 minutes, and at least half of that time they are underwater, upside down, and using their legs to execute a certain figure or hybrid.

In order to execute a 3 to 4 minute routine, national teams practice 8 to 10 hours a day 6 days a week. Many women who take on the challenge end up moving away from home and enroll in online school in order to dedicate their time to the sport.

ALISON WILLIAMS

Imagine running on a treadmill while holding your breathe
  • She has always been a swimmer because she grew up with a pool in her backyard but started training herself at the age of 10 and has been involved with the sport ever since
  • Was a member of the US National Team from 2006 to 2016
  • During her professional career she would wake up at 5am, bike to the pool, read and warm up in the library then be ready for practice that ran from 7am to 3pm
  • Her pool workout would include swimming 400 meters, a few IM's (freestyle, butterfly and unders), eggbeater, and sculling as a warmup.
  • Then the team would move on to working on specific skills such as practicing their verticals, and running through the actual routine.
We could easily spend an hour working on one figure from the routine. The demand for perfection is something that a lot of people do not know or realize when they think about synchronized swimming.
  • Her day also included stretching, strength training and landrill
  • Ali loves the sport because it combines her passion for music, movement and water
  • She is currently the head coach of the Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team

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