"Ballet in the water" or Artistic Swimming?
Synchronised swimming routines are essentially a series of athletic movements performed in water and choreographed to music.
Synchronised Swimming is growing in importance as a sport both in the UK and internationally - it was one of the first events to sell out at the Olympic Games held in London in 2012. When tested and compared with other Olympic athletes the results showed that synchro swimmers ranked second only to long distance runners in aerobic capacity and to gymnasts in flexibility.
Competitive synchro swimmers must gain many skills to succeed; this includes strength, stamina, flexibility, breath control, timing, grace, and expressiveness. During routines, swimmers may not touch the bottom of the pool.
In July 2017 FINA, the global governing body, renamed Synchronised Swimming as Artistic Swimming.