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Take synchronized swimming lessons at the 'Y' this summer


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 2:52 p.m.

Thanks to the Gainesville Gaviatas Synchronized Swim Team, the fun, grace and athleticism of synchronized swimming doesn't have to be just for girls because boys can also participate in synchronized swimming classes for children ages 7-12.

Facts

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

What: Synchronized swimming lessons by the Gainesville Gaviatas a synchronized swimming club.
When: 10-11 a.m. July 10-Aug. 21; Saturday only.
Where: Northwest YMCA, 5201 NW 34th St.
Cost: $60.
Information: Visit www.gaviatas.org.

Classes will be offered from 10-11 a.m. Saturdays from July 10-Aug. 21 at the Northwest YMCA, 5201 NW 34th St. The cost is $60 per child and parents can download a registration form and mail it with a check to Gainesville Gaviatas, P.O. Box 358081, Gainesville, FL 32635-8081.

Olympic gold medal winner Becky Dyroen-Lancer, head coach of the Gainesville Gaviatas, said the synchronized swimming classes will offer a great introduction to a sport that combines swimming with dance and gymnastics. There are no pre-requisites. Your child just has to be comfortable in the water.

Dyroen-Lancer said the seven-week synchronized swimming session is designed to teach children the fundamentals of synchronized swimming while also having fun. The class ratio is six children per coach; enrollment is open and coaches can be added as needed.

The Gainesville Gaviatas Inc. is a competitive synchronized swimming team formed in 1997.

"Synchro incorporates the elegance of ballet, the strength and flexibility of a gymnast, and the stamina of a speed swimmer, all to sounds of music above and below the water," Dyroen-Lancer said. "Classes will provide an opportunity for boys and girls to try it and see if they like it."

Dyroen-Lancer, one of the most decorated synchronized swimmers in history, won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. Her many victories include gold medals in the 1991 and 1994 World Championships, 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games, and more. She was named Swimming World's World Synchronized Swimmer of the Year in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

"In this economy, we wanted to make it affordable so that children can do the session and fall in love with the sport," Dyroen-Lancer said. "It's a very positive sport that combines creativity. It gives you conditioning. It's a team sport, but you can succeed as an individual."

For more information, visit www.gaviatas.org.

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