(WTNH)–The Hamden Heronettes synchronized swim team has been doing their thing in the pool since 1970. And it’s not easy.
“It’s pretty hard at first but you get used to it over time and it becomes natural,” said Melanie, one of the swimmers on the team.
“They’re asking you to hold your breath for a really long time and when you’re a little kid its kind of intimidating,” said head coach Anna Montgomery.
She should know. She was a Heronette for 9 years and she’s been the head coach of the team for the last three.
“Synchronized swimming is kind of like a combination of dance and gymnastics performed in the water. You’re not touching the bottom, you’re not touching the sides, you’re either supporting yourself or supporting your own teammates,” Montgomery said.
The Heronettes welcome swimmers from all over the area. The girls on the team range in age from 7 to 15 years old. They have beginners and advanced swimmers who practice several hours a week.
It’s a big commitment.
“Yeah, it is but when I dont have practice I feel like I have a lot of extra energy. I feel like I’m not doing smething I need to do, so I like that,” swimmer Alexia said.
“I like that you get to meet new people from different places and you also get to challenge yourself and get better at what you do,” said Melanie.
“I think the kids have a really good time, I really do because they get to do something that’s challenging and different, and I really think that synchronized swimmers are amazing people because not only are they great athletes but they also tend to be excellent students,” Anna said.