After an almost 30 year break from competing as a synchronized swimmer, I competed at the Masters Pan-Am Games in Medellin, Colombia!
The sport is now called artistic swimming and the routines and requirements have changed, but so much has stayed the same. I swam a duet with our head coach Lucie. We swam a tech routine and a free routine and I’ve never practiced so much or so hard for a competition. We also spent a lot of time coordinating our swimsuits and clothing for the meet – obviously suuuuper important LOL.
Oh yeah and we won silver!!
The twins got first place and they were incredible. Lucie and the twins have all competed in the Olympics so it was just a bit intimidating swimming with and against them. They were all so supportive, though, and cheered so much for us – and we cheered for them. We were the only competitors from the US in artistic swimming and because the twins won gold we still got to hear the US National Anthem played when we got our medals – so f*cking cool!
The twins are also competing in the European Championships later this year so this was kind of a practice meet for them. And because they knoxed their hair, we decided to as well. Masters competitors don’t always knox, but it looks nicer and it was actually kind of fun to do. Here’s what our hair looked like for our free swim:
We stayed in Colombia for almost a week after competing and we had our own little entourage:
Yep, that’s G holding our club sign and that’s Petr (Lucie’s partner) with the Ipad recording routines. No, G and I are not together, we’re just friends. #exhusbandsarethebesthusbands #exesandfriends
We also traveled to Cartagena and we had a really amazing time in Colombia so I’ll be back with some more posts about it. I couldn’t be any happier about competing again and about how I swam after being away from the sport for so long 💪🏻💪🏻.