THS Synchro was established in 1979,
in Beaverton, Oregon.
Our team is a year-round competitive
synchronized swimming team offering high quality professional
coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The
goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to
improve swimming skills and achieve success at her level of
ability, from novice to international competitor.
All of our coaches collectively
teach the newest techniques of synchro as well as artistic
theatrical performance. They provide assurances that the time
children spend in synchro will be quality time.
We are a nonprofit club, run by its
elected Board of Directors (which includes our Head Coach) and we
meet each month. All members are welcome at the meetings and
encouraged to be involved in team activities and
To create the environment
where an athlete can advance their skills and make practice
To create strong competition
through the love of the sport, team, teammates, and the Olympic
To build "Champions in Life", in
and out of the water,
who always give back to the community.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
they smile all the time?
The smiles that you see on the faces
of synchronized swimmers are meant to deceive the audience into
believing that the performance is easy. If the routine is done to
serious or ominous sounding music you won’t see any smiles,
but if the music is upbeat and fun those smiles are meant to
enhance the liveliness of the routine.
use the bottom of the pool?
No, they do not touch the bottom of
the pool at any time during a routine. It is against the rules, and
a two point deduction will be given if they do. The water during a
competition is a minimum of 9 feet deep. The swimmers create the
illusion of standing on their feet or hands because they are so
proficient at the techniques of eggbeater kicking and sculling. A
lift is done by raising the body of one or more swimmers up to or
above the surface of the water. Swimmers execute lifts with only
their body strength.
they do those poses on deck at the beginning of a routine?
Deck work is the movement or pose
that the athletes perform on the deck once the music starts and
before entering the water. The deck work sets the mood of the
routine, can only be 10 seconds in length, and does not factor into
the final score.
they keep their hair in place?
The stuff in their hair is
unflavored Knox gelatin. It is applied as a warm, thick paste and
hardens while air-drying. It stays hard in the cold water of the
pool, and is washed out in very hot water following the
eyes open underwater? Can they wear goggles?
No goggles are allowed during
competition, although they are usually worn at practice. Synchro
swimmers perform with their eyes open at all times underwater. By
seeing their teammates, they are able to make corrections to
alignment and set up for specific moves in their routine. When
spinning upside down, synchro swimmers need to see so that they can
spot the pool walls, just like a figure skater, dancer or diver
would, to count rotations.
they keep water out of their nose?
The nose clip is the most important
piece of equipment for synchro swimmers. Although it may look
strange, the nose clip is vital, because it keeps water out of the
athlete’s nose during the upside-down movements and also
allows the swimmer to stay underwater for longer periods of time.
Swimmers always carry an extra nose clip in their suit in case the
one they are wearing gets knocked off during a routine.
can a swimmer stay underwater?
In a five-minute routine, a
synchronized swimmer may spend up to a minute underwater without
coming up for air, and as much as 3 ½ minutes cumulative
under water. At the same time they are working hard with their arms
and legs to suspend themselves in the water, frequently upside
down. Elite level synchronized swimmers can swim more than 75
meters underwater without coming up for air!
time do synchro swimmers spend in training?
It varies depending on the level of
the swimmer. The more advanced you get, the more time is required,
and the more different types of training are involved. The US
Olympic Team trains eight hours a day, six days a week, and the US
National Teams and Junior National Teams train nearly as much. That
time is split between many activities including in-water training,
dance classes, aerobic and anaerobic training, weight training and