Saskatoon Aqualenes Synchronized Swimming Club

 

The Saskatoon Aqualenes Synchronized Swimming Club (SAQ) was founded in 1973 by coach Karen (Clark) Dumas as the Aqualenes Synchronized Swimming Club. The Club was then sponsored by the Saskatoon Optimist Club and was known as the Optimist Aqualenes until 1983. Sponsorship from the Bridge City Cosmopolitan Club was accepted and in 1983, our name changed to the Bridge City Cosmo Aqualenes.  Finally, in 1996 we became the Saskatoon Aqualenes Synchronized Swimming Club (SAQ). SAQ colors are red, silver, and black. These colors are displayed in the club uniforms worn by athletes and coaches at club events.

Saskatchewan has produced many outstanding artistic swimming athletes. In 2006, the Aqualenes’ Senior Team captured a national title and in 2008 captured silver in the Combo Event at Open Nationals. In 2007, Aqualenes’ athlete Jessica Guenther won a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games as a member of Team Saskatchewan. Jessica was a member of the National Team for five years and studied at Stanford University with artistic swimming scholarship. Another former Aqualenes’ athlete, Lesley Wright, performed in the famous Vegas Cirque de Soleil water show “0”. Dedicated athletes, parents, coaches and sponsors have all contributed to our proud tradition of excellence. In recent years, SAQ athletes have been very successful at both the Provincial and National levels. In 2017, several national stream athletes were selected to take part in the national team trials, with Alana Hargreaves qualifying for the Junior National Team Pool. In 2018, athletes again qualified for national team trials, and Bailey Hargreaves was selected to be part of the 13-15 age group National team. At the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games, Team Saskatoon won gold in the figures, duet, and team events, and bronze in solo. At the 2019 Canada Games, Sydney Carroll placed fourth in solos and Sydney Carroll and Ainsley Bristol placed fourth for their duet.

SAQ is committed to providing a positive sport experience for each athlete in a safe, structured and co-operative environment. We foster the development of responsibility, commitment and good sportsmanship in all our athletes. Our coaches emphasize the social, emotional, physical and educational development of each athlete. SAQ offers both recreational and competitive artistic swimming programs.

Our Club is affiliated with Saskatchewan Artistic Swimming, Canada Artistic Swimming and the international sport organization FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation). These national ruling bodies set standards to support excellence in the sport of artistic swimming. The club is also a member of the Saskatoon Zone #6 Sports Council in order to ensure greater communication between sports groups in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.