Swim team holds first home competition of the season


Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 1:02 a.m.
The University of Florida's synchronized swimming team kicks off its first competition of the semester Saturday at the Florida Pool at noon.
Competing in the Gator Invitational this year will be the University of Michigan, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
This year the Lady Gators will have two teams entered into the competition - one team of nine women who has been swimming together since middle school and another team of six women that formed this year.
The team of nine features five seniors who have had to step up in and out of the pool, said Gator Synchro co-president Christy Henderson.
"We did really well last year," Henderson said. "But we hope to do even better because we got some really talented freshmen on the team this year. Even though our team is split in half, we don't act like it.
"We do a lot of things together and are a very cohesive group."
Gator Synchro spends seven to 12 hours a week training in the pool and two to four hours training out of the pool running, lifting weights, choreographing routines and practicing them out of the water.
"There's a lot more to synchronized swimming than just swimming," Henderson said.
The Lady Gators finished the season in the top 10 of schools nationally, according to the team's Web site.
The Gator Invitational pits UF against a tough UAB team that bested the Gators last year.
"This is our first competition of the semester and we hope to do really well," Henderson said.

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