DC Synchronized Swim Team Seeking Stars of All Ages

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be on a synchronized swim team? Here's a chance to dive in.

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The impressive routines of the intergenerational team are as long as four minutes.
The team members perform in matching swimsuits, and sometimes even high heels. They wear waterproof makeup and put gelatin in their hair "so you don’t get the little frizzies that fly in your face," Flaherty said.
The team members span decades in age, from 22 to older than 70. Flaherty said she has seen 90-year-olds at competitions. The team competes in regional, national and international competitions, as well as performs in local water shows.
Nancy Hunt Weisman founded the DC Synchromasters in the 1970s and continues to swim on the team. Over the course of her synchronized swimming career, she has scored 39 championship medals in international competitions, according to teamusa.org.
The team is all women now, but it's open to everyone, Flaherty said.

n“We would love to have multiple men on our team,” she said.
In 2015, FINA, the international federation that oversees water sports, allowed men to compete in mixed synchronized swimming duets. The historic decision overruled the Olympics’ stance that only women could compete, DC Synchromasters' swimmer Vicki Valosik wrote for Slate. She's writing a book about the history of synchronized swimming.
The DC Synchromasters event is set to be held Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Robert I. Bickford Natatorium on the Prince George’s Community College campus in Largo, Maryland.
Anyone who can swim 200 yards and is comfortable in deep water is encouraged to go, Flaherty said. Newcomers should expect to learn a few simple skills and try a short routine. Afterward, the team is set to host a potluck.
The DC Synchromasters practice Tuesday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Indoor Swim Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and on weekends at the Bickford Natatorium.
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