Vernon’s Julia Palfreyman (front) and Charlotte Barker perform in the Duet Level 2

Vernon’s Julia Palfreyman (front) and Charlotte Barker perform in the Duet Level 2

Swimmers in synch

The Vernon Silhouettes synchronized swimmers posted some awesome results at a regional meet last weekend.

The Vernon Silhouettes synchronized swimmers posted some awesome results at a regional meet last weekend in Kamloops.

Julia Palfreyman earned gold in the Level 2 Under 12 figure event, while Charlotte Barker placed first in the Level 2 Over 13 figure category.

Coach Katie Dick said Palfreyman and Barker are now preparing for the provincials in Kamloops in June, then will continue further training for the B.C. Summer Games, July 19-22, in Surrey.

Silhouette rec swimmers Cassidy Schwaerzle, Kaitlyn Buchholz, Carmen Peterson, Kayla Muller, Sydney Embleton, Megan Sloot, Nelya McDowell, and Meighan Kerr, coached by Lindsey Beerstra, also performed superb routines.

Synchro is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music.

Synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills, and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside down underwater.

Competitors show off their strength, flexibility, and aerobic endurance required to perform difficult routines. Swimmers perform two routines for the judges, one technical and one free, as well as age-group routines and figures.

Vernon will host a water show at the Recreation Complex aquatic centre, Saturday, June 9 at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to watch.