Synchro Swimmers Finish Season


Mariel Rossi deVries, Staff writer

Synchronized swimmers from the bay area competed in the US National Championships in Mesa, Arizona on April 5-9. The event, which was the final contest of the season, included both youth and adult aged swimmers from across the country.

Senior Amanda Stanton performed with the Walnut Creek Aquanauts division A youth team. “Since this is my last meet of my high school career, it was a big moment. I’m proud of how my team performed and I wouldn’t have done it any other way,” she said.

Regina Kong’s team performed to an Irish tune. The routine included choreography inspired by Irish dancing.

“One of our coaches went to Ireland and when she went to a bar, she saw the river dancing and was inspired,” said Kong.

The Aquanuts are nationally recognized as an elite program and are coached by gold medalist Elivra Khasyanova.

Kong suffered an injury that prevented her from competing with her teammates. However she continued to go to practice up until they left for the championships.

Kong’s team placed 2nd behind the Santa Clara Aquamaids.

“In the end it’s not what place you get. It’s about how much effort you put in and how much you want it,” said Kong.

Training for synchronized swimming begins in August and continues most of the year, with only a brief rest during the summer months. In the months after February, the team practices frequently to make sure every detail is succinct. “That is when we really try and perfect our routines and make everything work. Its a lot of running through the entire routine,” said Stanton.

In spite of her injury, Kong expects to return to the pool. “I think I’ll continue. I’d love to do that,” said Kong. Just a sophomore, Kong has been accepted by the junior national team for the summer and will be competing in Puerto Rico.

Many colleges provide programs for synchronized swimmers. Stanton will be attending University of the Incarnate Word in Texas to further her competitive career.