Two members of the Northern Colorado Orcas Synchronized Swimming Team are set to compete for a national title June 27-July 5 at the 2014 U.S. eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
The meet is the largest synchronized swimming meet in the world and features competition in four age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19.
The two qualifiers from the Orcas are Ella and Livi Reintsma.
The two synchronized swimmers will compete in 11-12 Duet and 13-15 Duet, Trios and Team Routine events. They qualified for the national championships by placing among the top three finishers at the regional championships held in Colorado Springs last month, which featured top athletes from Colorado and Kansas.
Synchronized swimming requires a unique combination of strength, agility, endurance, flexibility and speed. Elite-level synchronized swimmers typically practice eight hours per day, six days per week.
The Northern Colorado Orcas have now qualified in Duet, Trio and Team for the second year in a row. The team also took fourth place at Zones in Michigan in March, 12th place at Senior Nationals in Arizona in April, and first place in 13-15 Team and first, second and third places in Trio at Regionals in Colorado Springs in May.
The Northern Colorado Orcas Synchronized Swimming Team is made up of swimmers from Longmont, Berthoud, Windsor and Fort Collins. The team practices at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland and the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins. Led by head coaches Audrey McMahon and Sarena Hebebrand, the club has been active in the community for more than 15 years.