Synchronized swimming (often abbreviated to Synchro) is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills, and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside down underwater.
Competitors show off their strength, flexibility, and aerobic endurance required to perform difficult routines. Swimmers perform two routines for the judges, one technical and one free, as well as age group routines and figures.
Synchronized swimming is governed internationally by FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation).
Aquabear is proud to have the current SA NAG Open champion, SA 16-18 Champion, SA 13-15 runner-up and SA NAG 2010 10&U champion. Aquabear finished 3rd at NAG in 2011 and won the SA Level 2 Championships in 2012. At Level 2 Aquabear won three of the five age groups. With NAG taking place in Port Elizabeth in December 2012 Aquabear is going all out to become the top club.
Coach: Moira Norden
Moira competed at synchronized swimming for EPA for several years and started coaching with Mrs Dot Schoombee in the 1970’s while competing. Moira has coached both the SA senior and junior teams at an international level. Moira is a qualified FINA G judge and judged at the last two Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Delhi. She is currently the convener of SA synchronized swimming technical committee. Several of her swimmers have represented South Africa over the years. The swimmers who are still competing include:
- Kerry Norden who has represented SA on many occasions and swam at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai in 2011. She won gold at the SA Nationals in 2011 and 2012 for figures and was runner-up in the SA solos in 2012. She won gold at the SA National Age Groups 2011 for figures and solo.
- Courtney Musson who competed in the 2010 SA 13-15 team and is currently the SA 16-18 champion and short listed to compete at Junior Worlds in 2012.
- Mieke Struwig who competed in the SA 13-15 team in 2011 and was runner-up in this age group at NAG 2011.