Ballet legs, barracuda, dolphin, kip, back tuck, shrimp, front walk over, dry land, nose plug… these are just some of the terms you’re likely to hear at synchro practice every day. This highly successful, artistic and energetic team of girls and boys ages 5 to 19 won the 2016 Rocky Mountain Summer Synchro League.
2017 teams registration is now open. Registration must be completed and payment submitted prior to any child getting into the pool for practice or participating in any other team activity.
2017 Synchro Coaches
Head Coach: Katie Douglas
Katie Douglas is new to VV this year and very excited to take on the role of Head Coach. She grew up in Canada and fell in love with the mermaiden world of synchronized swimming when she was nine years old. Katie swam competitively for seven years, maintaining a top ten ranking provincially and qualifying for the Canadian Nationals. She went on to coach for two year-round competitive clubs in Canada, working with swimmers aged 3 to 50. After a hop, skip, and a jump she currently resides in Denver and enjoys gardening and sewing in her spare time.
Assistant Head Coach: Lauren McDonald
Lauren McDonald joined the VV synchro team in 2005. She is thrilled to be back for her third year of coaching, taking on more responsibility this year the Assistant Head Coach. Lauren is a graduate of Littleton HS and is currently studying psychology and human development & family relations at the University of Colorado – Denver.
Assistant Coaches: Mary Kate Elson, Mara Pasquarella, and Lila Sailey
Mary Kate Elson started synchronized swimming with VV when she was 5; this will be her 13th summer as a swimmer and second as a coach. She also enjoys other sports including field hockey and track and field. This fall, Mary Kate will be a sophomore at Colorado State. Go Rams!
Mara Pasquarella has been doing synchronized swimming with Rocky Mountain Splash for 6 years. Mara has been lending a helping hand with the VV synchro team since 2015; and she is thrilled to be joining the staff again this summer. Mara attends Grandview HS and also enjoys Young Life and student leadership.
Lila Sailey also joins us from Rocky Mountain Splash where she has been doing synchro for 8 years. This will be her second summer at VV. Lila is a student at Arapahoe High School and loves to be in the mountains skiing and hiking in her free time.
Coaches in Training:
Maisie Bowdouris, Olivia Buckmelter, Caroline Elson, Sophia Prendergast, Emily Shepardson, Maddie Shepardson
A large part of what makes this VV Synchro Team so successful and fun is the comradery between all of the swimmers. Novice swimmers look up to the older ones for inspiration and guidance; and more experienced synchro swimmers love to give back and share their hard earned talents. The Coaches in Training Program is geared towards older swimmers on the Synchro Team who continuously show a desire to give back to the team and engage with younger swimmers. Through this program they are given the opportunity to continue their involvement with VV Synchro and develop leadership skills while lending support in day to day coaching and routine choreography to the core coaching staff.