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MIT’s New Synchro Team

By Lesley Frame

TEAM MEMBER

Most certainly. Only a few weeks ago, the Club Sports Council recognized synchronized swimming as an official MIT organization. Synchronized swimming, or synchro for short, is an intense water-sport combining the grace and flexibility of gymnastics with the strength and endurance of lap swimming. Some refer to it as water ballet.

Just to give you an idea of what this sport is really like, imagine treading water with only your legs. Now stick your hands straight up in the air. Now imagine working with your teammates to hold someone above you out of the water, and make it look easy. This is called a lift and is only one of the elements of a really impressive routine.

Team member Victoria K. Anderson G is very excited about the opportunities for competition in New England: “We’re fortunate that the past decade has shown a significant increase in the number of New England schools participating in collegiate synchronized swimming competition. Ten years ago, Wheaton College was the only school in the region with a competitive program. Now, there are a lot of schools we’ll be able to compete with.” Anderson has been involved in synchronized swimming for most of her life, and the club feels that continuing to have this mixture of synchro novices and veterans will provide the basis for a strong club in the coming months and years.

Synchro is far from easy, but the good part is, it is a lot of fun, and anyone can learn how to do it. The club is also eager to increase its numbers. There was an informational meeting open to all students of the MIT community yesterday, but if you missed it just contact the club at synchro@mit.edu. Novices and veterans are welcome. There will also be an introductory class for a week during IAP open to all. The team has its first competition against Wheaton College on Dec. 7.