Synchro team starts off hot


Nina Miller

Junior Leila Campbell swims her solo routine. The dress rehearsal took place on Tuesday May 17.

Abby Meisler and Nina Miller

After winning all of its meets this year thus far, the girls’ synchronized swimming team is aiming for a high-achieving season. According to head coach Carolyn Guddal, to reach its goals the team prepares both mentally and physically for its meets.

“Their focus is really on making sure they feel confident, meaning the swimmers know what they’re doing both in and out of the water. So that looks like swim throughs, making sure we have racks of hybrids and sequences and things like that,” Guddal said.

Despite the challenges, junior Rachel Katzovitz said that the team overcame hardships to achieve their goals. 

“Going into the meet there are a bunch of obstacles and forces acting against our team, with people being gone not being in the same space or practices,” Katzovitz said. “But I feel like going into the meet we really pulled it out and all the hard work we put in throughout the season really came together.”  

Having practices twice a day can be taxing, but according to sophomore Mae Turman, the effort is worth it. 

“I love synchro, it’s hard and difficult but it is my passion,” Turman said. “We’re like a family, we get really close as a full team. We’re best friends.” 

As the season progresses, Katzovitz is excited for this season’s Sections meet. She feels confident in the team’s skills and how they have prepared. 

The sections and state meet are coming up and that’s always an exciting time. Preparation wise, it’s just about being in the right mindset because we put in all the physical work in the mornings and afternoons,” Katzovitz said.

As the team hopes to continue its winning streak, Guddal said practice and creativity are key. 

“Also giving them time to decorate their routines and also choreograph their routines at practice. Outside of practice time is needed but the swimmers for the most part write their own routines. Making sure they know how to write for their own ability (is) something I’ve been really focused on,” Guddal said. 

Fans of the synchro team will have the opportunity to go to the season’s sectionals at Edina Middle School on May 14th, and Osseo Maple Grove on the 21st. Students and families will also have the opportunity to watch the synchro team perform, at their show May 17.