Maine Synchronized Swimming Club excels

The Olympics still shine the spotlight on many sports that are generally not considered mainstream. This includes synchronized swimming, although internationally the sport is now called artistic swimming. Maine only has one synchronized swimming club, and they are only a few years old. Maine Synchro in Portland was established in January 2019 after the Atkins family traveled to Florida. Marie Atkins says her daughter watched her cousin swim. “My niece was starting a synchronized swim team so she watched practice,” said Atkins. “She thought it was amazing, her jaw cracked open and she was like, ‘I have to do this’ and what a mom has to do but create a team.” Maine Synchro finished second in a regional competition this spring, winning their trip to the Junior Olympics. “We watched the videos a few days ago, the first videos of us starting, and now it’s completely mind-blowing how far we’ve come,” said Olivia Atkins, a sophomore student at the Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the team consisted of 14 swimmers. Their numbers are starting to come back now. Organizers say it is a sport that appeals to swimmers, dancers and gymnasts. “And then I found the sync and I was like ‘I love to dance, I love music and I love to swim, so why not?’” The core of the team persevered during the pandemic in s ‘training in lakes and family pools. They say they would like to grow their club. “People always think ‘oh this is so cool’,” said junior Maddie Long. “Like, are there other teams in Maine?” Who are you competing with? What do you say ? We normally compete with people in Boston because there is no other team in Maine. The team is open to new members and they train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Kiwanis Pool in Portland. You can find more details on their website.

The Olympics still shine the spotlight on many sports that are generally not considered mainstream. This includes synchronized swimming, although internationally the sport is now referred to as artistic swimming.

Maine only has one synchronized swimming club, and they are only a few years old.

Maine Synchro in Portland was established in January 2019 after the Atkins family traveled to Florida. Marie Atkins says her daughter watched her cousin swim.

“My niece was starting a synchronized swimming team so she watched the practice,” said Atkins. “She thought it was amazing, her jaw cracked open and she was like, ‘I have to do this’ and so what a mom has to do but create a team.”

Maine Synchro finished second in a regional competition this spring, which earned them a trip to the Junior Olympics.

“We watched the videos a few days ago, the first videos of us starting, and now it’s completely mind-blowing how far we’ve come,” said Olivia Atkins, a sophomore student at the team.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the team consisted of 14 swimmers. Their numbers are starting to come back now. Organizers say it is a sport that attracts swimmers, dancers and gymnasts.

“I didn’t want to be on the swim team because I was afraid to compete,” said eighth-grade student Nina Schafer. “And then I found the sync and I was like ‘I love to dance, I love music and I love to swim, so why not?'”

The core of the team persevered during the pandemic by training in lakes and family pools. They say they would like to grow their club.

“People always say ‘oh this is so cool’,” said junior Maddie Long. “For example, are there other teams in Maine? Who are you competing with? What do you say? We normally compete with people in Boston because there is no ‘other team in Maine. “

The team is open to new members and practices Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pool in Portland. You can find more details on their website.