In 2003, a free routine combination, comprising elements of solo, duet and team, was added. In 2007, solo, duet and team events were split between technical and free routines.Since 2015, nine World championship titles are at stake, asthe mixed duets were also added to the program.
Indeed, as part of the drive to get money for their annual block party five officers from the Virginia police force performed a flawless synchronized swimming routine and posted it to Facebook.
They donned swim caps, goggles, and even a life jacket.
The routine starts with the officers removing some of their heavier uniform gear and putting on floral swim caps. Four officers swim a circle around one policeman, who does the hula in the middle.
The people then begin making waves with their arms, while the officer in the life jacket dabs in the background.
History of Synchro Annette Kellerman was a champion distance swimmer, diver, and experienced ballerina in the early 1900s.
After making a name for herself in Australia, she moved to England where she impressed the world by swimming almost thirty miles down the River Thames and a few years later she performed in her shocking one piece swim suit underwater in a large glass tank at the New York Hippodrome.
The technical routine involves performing predetermined elements that must be executed in a specific order.
The free routine has no requirements so the swimmers can be ‘free’ in how creative they get with music and their choreography.
There are three 5-member panels of judges, with the first panel scoring technical merit and synchronisation, the second scoring artistic impression (choreography, music interpretation and manner of presentation) and the third scoring difficulty in free routines and required elements in technical routines.