SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Considered to be one of the most physically demanding Olympic sports, synchronized swimming requires teamwork, artistry, and creativity.

WHAT IS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Considered 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.

Carolina Synchro

One of the premier synchronized swimming teams in the region, Carolina Synchro offers recreational and competitive programs for swimmers ages 6 years old -19 years old. 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 and the US Nationals since 2016.

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.


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TOP 3 REASONS TO JUMP IN


FIERCE ATHLETICISM

Synchro is PHYSICALLY DEMANDING requiring:
• Flexibility
• Endurance
• Power
• Speed
• Agility

Synchro is GLAMOROUS, complete with makeup and glittery suits.

LIFELONG BONDS

Synchro swimmers TRAVEL together, TRAIN together and work together as a TEAM. Synchro emphasizes an inclusive social model that is important to girls.

CONFIDENCE

Synchro is DIFFICULT and mastering it leads to CONFIDENCE. Synchro uses both the left and right sides of the brain.

Synchro requires:
• Proprioception
• Rhythm
• Split-second decision-making
• Multi-level Cognitive functioning

PROGRAMS

Carolina Synchro offers something for everyone.


RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS


Sea Stars Synchro Basics

Participants age 6-13 learn the fundamentals of synchronized swimming, while improving flexibility, speed, endurance, and comfort in the water. Requirements to join this class are the ability to swim 25 yards unassisted, and tread water for 60 seconds. Some classes may require swimmers to be “deep water safe.“ Class participants meet for an hour one day a week.

Sea Stars Pre-Team

Pre-team is for swimmers age 6-13 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 Carolina Synchro Club. This class meets two times a week.

Summer Camps

Our week-long summer day camps are appropriate for swimmers ages 7-13 with or without synchro experience. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards and be considered “deep water safe.“

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR FALL SYNCHRO CLASSES! Click here to download the registration form today!

COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS


Novice/Intermediate Programs

The Novice level team is an entry-level of competition and a stepping stone to more advanced levels of synchronized swimming. Swimmers ranging from 6-13 practice two to three times a week throughout the competitive season, which is September-May. They compete at local competitions, as well as the Regional Championships, which depending on the year can require traveling.

Age Group Teams

This level is for athletes who are committed to attend practices and competitions. Swimmers practice three to four times 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.


COACHES


HEAD COACH

ERIKA GUILBAULT


  • Level 3 Certified Coach

Guilbault is a 2016 graduate of Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a minor in Human Resource Management. During her four years at Lindenwood, she was a member of the historical 2014 Collegiate National Championship team, as well as a member of the 2015 and 2016 US National Senior Championship teams. Upon graduating, she continued in her endeavors in the sport as the Development Manager and Junior/Senior Age Group Coach at Rocky Mountain Splash in Denver, Colorado. During her first year as a coach she led the team to win the overall Senior Division at the North Zone Championships, and led athletes to go from a Junior Olympics 19th place finish to a 6th place finish. She continued their improvements during her second season by coaching these athletes to a 2nd place finish at Junior Olympics. Guilbault recently served as the assistant coach for the Lindenwood University Synchronized Swim team in St. Charles, MO. While there, she helped led the team to a 3rd place finish at the 2019 Collegiate National Championships. Guilbault joined the Carolina Synchro Club as the new Head Coach in September of 2019.


ASSISTANT COACHES


ANNE SCHULTE


  • Level 3 Certified Coach
  • Level 3 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 and 11 National medals. Anne graduated cum laude from the Ohio State University and has an MBA from Georgetown University. Anne serves as the Chair of the Coaches’ Board for USA Synchro and prior to that was a member of USA Synchro’s Marketing Committee for six years.



REBECCA HINSON


  • Level 3 Certified Coach
  • 2007 National Age Group Coaching Merit Award

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 the University of the Incarnate Word.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Carolina Synchro has placed athletes from their competitive Age Group teams in the finals at both the US National Competitions and the Junior Olympics Competition since 2016. Advanced athletes on the Carolina Synchro team have also qualified to attend All-Star Development Camps in various states across the country, working with Olympic level coaches. Carolina Synchro is proud to have had multiple athletes move on to swim at the competitive Collegiate level.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


Cari Din, Canadian Olympic Silver Medalist 1996

“I was an extremely shy kid and being part of a team year over year cultivated a confidence that I don’t think I would have developed outside of synchro”

Donna De Varona, Olympic Champion and EY’s Women Athletes Business Network

“Sports teach fundamentals for success and that is why both men and women executives like to hire athletes. C-suite executives hire these women because they share a common bond and know when the pressure is on they will not be let down.”

Linai VazDeNegri, phD

“Synchro swimmers tend to experience noted success in academic and artistic pursuits long after retirement.“

Emma Stump, Carolina Synchro Senior 2016

“I have an avid passion for synchronized swimming, which has allowed me to break out of my shell and become a confident individual, equipped with the tools needed to take on the joys and rigors of life.“


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