Synchronised Swimming

Synchronised Swimming or Synchro as it more commonly referred to, started just before the turn of the 20th century and was originally known as Water Ballet. The first recorded competition was in 1891 in Berlin. It partly owes its popularity to the Busby Berkeley Hollywood blockbusters from the 1930s which brought it to the masses as a film spectacle. It has been greatly developed over the years and eventually became an Olympic sport in 1984. Anyone who thinks it is just a few people swimming around in patterns is profoundly mistaken as any Synchro exponent will tell you. Have you ever tried performing underwater acrobatics, often upside down for up to 30 seconds at a time without a breath whilst keeping in exact formation with another 5 or 6 swimmers?

Sculls (hand movements used to propel the body) are the most essential part to synchronized swimming. The support scull is used most often to support the body while a swimmer is performing upside down. Support scull is performed by holding the upper arms against the sides of the body and the lower arms at 90-degree angles to the body. The lower arms are then moved back and forth while maintaining the right angle. The resulting pressure against the hands allows the swimmer to hold their legs above water while swimming. Other sculls used in training include propeller and reverse propeller. The "eggbeater kick" is another important skill of synchronized swimming. It is a form of treading water that allows for stability and height above the water while leaving the hands free to perform strokes. Using the eggbeater, swimmers can also perform "boosts", where they use their legs to momentarily propel themselves out of the water to their hips or higher. "Eggbeater" is also a common movement found in water polo as well as the "pop-up" movement. There are three separate parts to every lift in synchro: The top (or "flyer"), the base, and the pushers. The flyer is usually the smallest member of the team. Flyers must be agile and flexible, with a preferable gymnastics background if they are jumping off the lift. The base also tends to be relatively small. She should have good leg strength and a solid core. The pushers are usually the bigger, stronger members of the team and should be evenly spaced around the lift. The platform lift is the oldest form of lift. In a platform, the base lays out in a back layout position underwater. The top sets in a squatting position on her torso, and stands once the lift reaches the surface. The remaining teammates use eggbeater to hold both the platform and the top out of the water. At Brighton, Synchro is more a leisure activity and although there is no competitive aspect, we normally put on 2 sell out shows each year, one as part of the Brighton Festival and the other a Christmas show.

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