Austin’s only synchronized swim team heads to Junior Olympics

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the water, synchronized swimmers have to be in unison.

But ask the Austin Angelfish what it takes to excel in their sport, and you’ll hear all sorts of answers from the strength of a power lifter to the grace of a ballerina. Whatever synchronized swimming takes, this group has it.

“I’ve always said it’s a mix between cheerleading, gymnastics and swimming,” said Olivia Heinze.

This summer, Austin’s only synchronized swimming team is sending 25 girls to the Junior Olympics in North Carolina.

“It’s nice to go to a big competition like Junior Olympics and know that you’re the only group from your place,” said Micah Reich.

It’s a trip to the top of the sport, in a sport where it’s forbidden to touch the bottom of the pool.

“It takes insane breath control, and we have to be really, really strong swimmers,” said Heinze.

Of course, all swimmers need strength, but not necessarily to swim laps. Most of the Angelfish find that a little boring.

They like to dance.

“I really like music, so I think the musical component of synchro has really helped me like it more,” Reich said.

“I like swimming, and I like dancing, so the two combined, perfect,” said Anaya Kashikar.

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