Ten amazing facts on synchronised swimming

Glasgow 2018 Synchronised Swimming

Scotland will host its first ever major synchronised swimming competition as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

This event is part of our aquatics programme and will take place during 3 - 7 August at a purpose built pool at Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Here are some things you might not know about sychronised swimming:

  • The sport combines dance and gymnastics, with swimming. It used to be known as water ballet and can also be referred to as artistic swimming.

  • Swimmers require power, strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as advanced water skills and breath control when upside down underwater. A top-level synchro swimmer can hold their breath for two and a half minutes underwater and during routines they can never use the bottom of the pool for support.

  • Swimmers perform a routine which can either be solo, duet, mixed duet, free team, free combination and highlight, which is set to music, and they can listen to the music through underwater speakers.

  • Synchronised swimming can be an individual and team sport and it is performed by a series of routines and figures. Swimmers compete individually during figures, and then as a team during the routine. Swimmers perform two routines for the judges, one technical and one free. 

  • Figures are made up of a combination of skills and positions that require strength, control and flexibility. Swimmers are ranked individually for this part of the competition. Routines involve teamwork and synchronisation, choreographed to music. 

  • In 1968 synchronised swimming was officially recognised by FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation or International Swimming Federation) as the fourth water sport next to swimming, platform diving and water polo.

  • Synchronised swimming first featured at the LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) European Aquatics Championships back in 1974 when Great Britain took gold in all three events; solo, duet and team. 

  • Synchronised swimming was officially recognised as a sport in 1984 at the summer Olympics. 

  • A test on all the Olympic sports before the London 2012 Olympic Games found synchro swimmers ranked second to long distance runners in aerobic capacity.

  • Russian swimmers have dominated in the event, with athletes such as Svetlana Kolesnichenko, who was part of the Olympic squad who won team gold at the Rio 2016 Games.

Synchronised swimming takes place at Scotstoun Sports Complex in Glasgow over five days, during 3 - 7 August.

Tickets are priced at £15 - £20 and are on sale now at https://www.glasgow2018.com/tickets

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