ABOUT US

campbell and bridget on deckOne of the premier synchronized swimming teams in the region, Carolina Synchro offers recreational and competitive programs for swimmers age 6-19.  Carolina Synchro was established in 2009, and has grown rapidly. Our athletes medal regularly in every age group and level at the annual Regional Championships.  We have qualified for and competed in the National Junior Olympic Championships since 2011.  

Our swimmers learn synchronized swimming skills in a fun and supportive environment. Swimmers improve confidence and develop life-long bonds as they learn, train, travel and compete together.  Swimmer at every level will be challenged physically by this fiercely athletic sport, while its artistic side provides an outlet for creative expression. 

ABOUT SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

cambell-cassie-legsConsidered to be one of the most physically demanding Olympic sports, synchronized swimming also requires teamwork, artistry and creativity. Synchronized swimmers have the flexibility of a gymnast, the endurance of a long distance runner, the power of a speed swimmer, and the agility of a dancer.  Synchronized swimming routines are approximately 3 minutes of heart pounding, non-stop motion, precise, rapid movements, powerful jumps, and acrobatic stunts — all to music and made to look effortless.

COACHES

Anne Schulte
• Level 3 Coach
• Level 2 Judge
South Zone Coach of the Year
• National Age Group Developmental Coach of the Year
• Certified Assessor for USA Synchro’s Long-Term Athletic Development structure

Anne Schulte established Carolina Synchro in 2009.  Prior to that, her coaching experience included the Lake Norman YMCA, the Swiss Junior National Team, and figure coach for the Ohio State University. As a swimmer, she competed with the Ohio State University varsity team for 4 years and the US National Team II for 3 years, earning 5 International
bridget in cabaretand 11 National medals. Anne graduated cum laude from the Ohio State University and has an MBA from Georgetown University.  Anne serves on the Coaches’ Board for USA Synchro and has been a member of USA Synchro’s Marketing Committee for six years.

Rebecca Hinson
• Level 3 Certified Coach
Rebecca Hinson has been with Carolina Synchro since 2012.  Other coaching experience includes the Richmond Dolpholinas and Northern Virginia Nereids. She founded the Raleigh Auroras and led the team to Novice and Intermediate titles at the 2011 Regional Championships.  She was also the recipient of 2007 National Age Group Coaching Merit Award. This prestigious honor is awarded to the coach who placed a team in the national finals and made significant contributions to the sport. Coach Rebecca swam competitively for 11 years with the Houma Dolphinettes, Canisius College, and University of the Incarnate Word.

Dayna Auten
• Level 3 Certified Coach
Dayna Auten was a competitive swimmer for 12 years, including summer leagues, high school and college swim teams.  She has been a certified children’s yoga instructor since 2010.  Combining years of swimming experience and yoga background, Dayna works with swimmers on land and in the water.  Coach Dayna has been with Carolina Synchro since 2011.

ASSISTANT COACHES

Alexis Becraft
Lexi is 18 years old and a senior at Hough High School.  She was a competitive swimmer at Nomad for three years before joining Carolina Synchro in 2011. In her five years swimming she has performed on the Fox television special, Stars in Danger the High Dive with her team in 2012. She has also competed in the Age Group Nationals and Junior Olympics in the team event.  She is hoping to qualify again this year. Lexi has coached periodically in the past, but she is now a part-time coach for the 2015-2016 season. 

Kami Heath
Kami Heath is a junior in high school at Southlake Christian Academy and has been swimming with Carolina Synchro since 2010. She has coached intermittently for a year and a half but now coaches part time in the 2015-2016 season. She is also swimming for her third year on her school swim team and will begin helping coach a new swim team in January 2016.

campbell and cassie x2Samantha Silverstein
Samantha is a senior at Mallard Creek High School.  She joined Carolina Synchro in 2009, participating in the very first synchro class offered at HFFA.  She has also participated on her neighborhood swim team since she was 7 years old.  She swam for Mallard Creek High School for four years, and was named captain her junior and senior year.  She is a certified lifeguard. 

PROGRAMS

Carolina Synchro offers something for everyone.


RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

Sea Stars Synchro Basics:  Participants age 6-12 learn the fundamentals of synchro, including sculling, kicking, introductory figures and routines, while improving flexibility, speed, endurance, and comfort in the water.  Class participants meet for an hour one day a week in the 25y pool.

Register for Sea Stars Synchro Basics

Sea Stars Pre-Team/Novice:  Pre-team is for swimmers age 6-12 who have completed Synchro Basics and would like to develop intermediate synchronized swimming skills without the requirement of intense competition.  Pre-team participants have the opportunity to participate in Shows and Exhibitions with the Competitive team.  They might also have the opportunity to participate in local Novice-level competitions.  This class meets one to two times a week through out the competitive season, which is September-May.

Summer Camps:  Our week-long summer day camps are appropriate for all levels, including beginning athletes with no prior synchro experience, to our most experienced competitive athletes. 

campbell and cassie on deckCOMPETITIVE PROGRAMS

We offer several levels of competition. 

Intermediate Programs:  Intermediate swimmers compete in the 12 and Under and 13-15 age groups. The Intermediate level is an entry-level of competition and a stepping stone to more advanced levels of competition.  Swimmers practice 2-3x a week and compete at local and one to two travel competitions including the Regional Championships.


Age Group:
 This level is for athletes who are committed to attend practices and competitions.  Swimmers practice 3-6x a week.  Swimmers compete in the 12 and Under, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19 age groups at local, Regional, Zone and National competitions.  Our most advanced swimmers also compete in Junior (age 15-18) and Senior (age 15+) level competitions.  Carolina Synchro athletes who are qualified have participated in National Skills Competitions and All-Star Development Camps.