TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – After lots of hard work and practice, the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes won the U. S. Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics.
National champion Alyssa Reed said, “It wasn’t easy. We practiced a lot, but it was worth it. It was really exciting for all of us.”
The training season started in October. The swimmers, who range in age from 13 to 16, practiced seven days a week leading up to the national competition in North Carolina.
They entered with a disadvantage, having six girls compete, instead of the required eight.
“It’s very acrobatic today. There are a lot of throws, lifts, and strength training that go with it. It’s much easier when you have eight people doing it,” Joanne Wright, a Tonawanda Aquettes coach said.
The group was docked a full point for their smaller team.
“I’m most proud of that, because it’s really difficult with six people,” Wright said.
Knowing the uphill battle they faced, the girls encouraged each other. They were determined to do their best.
National champion Alex McGee said, “There were a lot of nerves before in our land motions. Then once I entered the water, the nerves go away and we just do what we know because we practice so often. It just comes so natural.”
“We were all nervous, but we knew we had a chance,” Reed added.
Now that the competitions are over, the swimmers will practice for an end of the season show on August 1st.