Synchro Team – 2021

Ballet legs, barracuda, dolphin, kip, back tuck, shrimp, front walk over, dry land, nose plug… these are just some of the terms you’re likely to hear at synchro practice every day.

Registration must be completed and payment submitted online prior to any child getting into the pool for practice or participating in any other team activity.

Team communications including coaches’ contact information can be found on the Membership and Teams Communication page under the Membership Tab of the website. Note that you must be logged in as a member to access this page.

Pre-Season Practice Schedule

The following schedule is tentative, pending current health department guidelines.
May 17 – May 28:
  • Novices (New to synchro or 9 years & under): 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Intermediates: 5:30-6:30pm

Pre-season practice is strongly encouraged, especially for swimmers in their first year of synchro and those moving from novice to intermediate

Practice Times

Due to health guidelines, we are not able to have all swimmers in the water every day, so practices will include drylands (routine practice and conditioning) and/or pool-based practice on specific days.

Regular season morning practice will be offered Monday – Thursday starting June 1.

Novice (all 9 & under and first year synchro swimmers):

  • 9 & Under: 8:30 – 9:30 am or 9:45 – 10:30 am for 9 year old swimmers (and option for 8:30 – 9 am dryland)
  • Ages 10 – 12: 9:45 – 10:30 am (option for dryland 8:30 – 9:00 am)
  • Ages 13 – 19: 8:30 – 9:30 am

Intermediates:

  • Ages 10 – 11: 9:30 – 11:00 am (option for dryland 8:30 – 9:00 am)
  • Ages 12 – 13: 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • Ages 14 – 15: 8:30 – 10:30 am
  • Ages 16 – 19: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Evening practices:

  • Novice: July 12, 6:15 – 7:15 pm
  • Intermediate (10-11 and 12-13): July 5 and July 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Intermediate Upper Division (14-15 and 16-19): June 8, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5 and July 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Friday Clinics

The VV synchro coaches and guest instructors will be offering mock figure meet clinics for extra practice before meets; as well as two focused workshops geared to foster learning/advancement in key aspects of the sport of synchronized swimming.  These optional clinics provide an excellent opportunity to further develop skills.  All swimmers welcome. There is an additional cost of $10 per swimmer, per clinic.

  • June 24, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • July 9, 9:30 – 11:00 am

2021 Meets

We are currently planning to offer 2 figure meets and the state meet, pending health department guidelines.

  • June 26: Figure meet at Crestmoor (101 S Kearney St, Denver, CO 80224)
  • July 10: Figure meet at Skyline (6451 E Jewell Ave, Denver, CO 80224)
  • July 20-21: Finals meet at Virginia Vale

2021 Social Events

These events are tentative, pending guidelines.

  • June 14, 6 pm: Parent Social
  • June 23: Synchro Team Photos at VV
  • June 28: Parent Costume Meeting at VV (time TBD)
  • June 28: Team Sleepover at VV (times TBD)
  • July 17: All Teams Banquet

Synchro Policies

Age Groupings: The age of synchro swimmers on December 31, 2021 determines their age grouping for the season.

  • Novice: 9 and under AND all first year synchro swimmers, regardless of age
  • Intermediate: 10 and up

Synchro is first and foremost a team sport. It is of the utmost importance that swimmers attend as many practices as possible and make attendance at our Finals Meet a priority so as not to penalize other swimmers. If a family knows that they are going to be missing multiple practices (morning or evening), especially after July 5th, or that they are going to miss the Finals Meet on July 20 – 21, please reach out to the coaches to discuss whether joining the synchro team is the right decision this summer.

USA Synchro provides support to the Rocky Mountain Summer Synchro League by facilitating referees, judges, training, scoring and meet set-up.  The annual cost of an Introductory Athlete Membership with USA Synchro of ($50) is included in the cost of synchro team registration this year.

Parent Volunteer Expectations: Each parent is required to take on 1-2 volunteer shifts per swimmer throughout the regular season and additional shifts at the Water Show and Finals. We strongly encourage new parents to attend judges training so that they can volunteer as judges and get a better feel for the sport.

2021 Synchro Coaches

Head Coach: Lauren McDonald

Lauren joined the VV synchro team in 2005. She is thrilled to be back for her seventh year of coaching, this summer as the Head Coach! Outside of synchro, Lauren is the Assistant Director and Head Teacher at Cherry Creek Dance, a coach for the Northfield High School Poms Team, and the Sponsor for the CCD Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

Assistant Head Coach: Megan Hilbert

Megan joined VV synchro when she was 6 years old. She has been coaching for 2 years and is so excited to serve as an Assistant Head coach this summer! Megan graduated from Regis Jesuit High School two years ago and is now pursuing a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Notre Dame, with an emphasis on sustainability and art. She can’t wait for another synchro summer!

Coaches: Maisie Bowdouris, Olivia Buckmelter, Sophia Prendergast, Emily Shepardson

A large part of what makes this VV synchro team so successful and fun is the comradery between all the swimmers and coaches. Younger swimmers look up to the older ones for inspiration and guidance; more experienced synchro swimmers love to give back and share their hard-earned talents. For this reason, we are so proud that all of our coaches are former swimmers who have grown up as a part of the VV synchro team. These women show a desire to give back, nurture, and mentor swimmers of all ages. They hope to inspire the younger members of the team to stay committed to synchro and someday become coaches themselves!

Intermediate Synchro Attendance Policy

With such a condensed season, attendance at the majority of scheduled Synchro practices and meets is critical to not only our success as a club, but it also gives our swimmers the practice time they need to feel confident and proud to perform.  Commitment to attend practices in July is especially critical when we are learning and perfecting the majority of our routines.  Our swimmers take on a very demanding work load to learn either two or three uniquely choreographed routines within our time constraints.  Synchro is a very unique sport and has the element of not only individually learning skills, but learning and practicing together as a team to execute routines effectively.  Attendance expectations are not only important for the execution and technicality of what we are trying to accomplish, but also for team morale and bonding.

The attendance policy outlined below is designed to alleviate stress and foster a fun and team oriented environment within our club.  As a swimmer if you would prefer to have less commitment or if as a family you have a number of planned vacations over the summer that is completely OK, it will just mean adjusting the number of routines a swimmer participates in.  As a coaching staff we always want to present routines that our swimmers have had an adequate amount of time to learn and feel confident in performing.

In addition to the below attendance policy, please note there are a number of practices in July leading up to the Watershow and State Finals that are mandatory for attendance (bolded on the Synchro calendar).


Intermediate Lower Division (10/11s & 12/13s)

If you will be missing more than 8 days of scheduled practices (M-Th.) over the season it is strongly encouraged to swim in either a small routine OR a team routine, not both.

Intermediate Upper Division (14/15s & 16-19)

If you will be missing more than 6 days of scheduled practices (M-Th.) over the season it is strongly encouraged to swim in one small routine versus two small routines.

If you will be missing more than 3 scheduled night practices (M-Tu.) over the season a team routine will be difficult to keep up with unless a specific plan for private lessons and make up time is discussed with the coaches.


*There may be exceptions, but this is something that will need to be discussed with the specific routine coach, head coach, swimmer and parent.