Synchro Team

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.

Registration must be completed and payment submitted online prior to any child getting into the pool for practice or participating in any other team activity.

Team communications including coaches’ contact information can be found on the Membership and Teams Communication page under the Membership Tab of the website. Note that you must be logged in as a member to access this page.

Pre-Season Practice Schedule

Novices (New to synchro or Under 9 years old): 5-5:45pm
Intermediates: 5:30-6:30pm

Pre-season practice is strongly encouraged, especially for swimmers in their first year of synchro and those moving from novice to intermediate

Practice Times

Practices are Monday through Thursday

  • Novice: 8:30-9:30.
  • Intermediate:  9:00 –  11:00 am

Monday & Tuesday Night Practices (See 2019 Synchro Calendar for specifics)
14/15’s    6:15 – 8:30 pm
16-19’s    6:30 – 9:30 pm

Friday Clinics

The VV synchro coaches and guest instructors will be offering mock figure meet clinics for extra practice before meets; as well as two focused workshops geared to foster learning/advancement in key aspects of the sport of synchronized swimming.  These optional clinics provide an excellent opportunity to further develop skills.  All swimmers welcome.

Team Social Events

  • TBD

2019 Meets

  • June 15th – Figures Meet – VV @ Crestmoor
  • June 29th – Figures meet @ VV
  • July 13th – Figures Meet @ Stapleton
  • July 23rd & 24th – Synchro Finals @ Skyline

Swimmers are expected to be at the host pool by 7:30am for figure meets and should plan to stay through the awards ceremony to cheer on their teammates.

Swimmers are encouraged to participate in all figure meets and are required to participate in at least one to be eligible to compete in the Synchro State Finals meet.

Synchro Policies

Age Groupings: The age of synchro swimmers on December 31, 2018 determines their age grouping for the season.

  • Novice: 9 and under AND all first year synchro swimmers, regardless of age
  • Intermediate: 10 and up

Synchro is first and foremost a team sport. It is of the utmost importance that swimmers attend as many practices as possible and make attendance at our Finals Meet a priority so as not to penalize other swimmers. If a family knows that they are going to be missing multiple practices (morning or evening), especially after July 5th, or that they are going to miss the Finals Meet on July 23rd and 24th, please reach out to Coach Paige to discuss whether joining the synchro team is the right decision this summer.

USA Synchro provides support to the Rocky Mountain Summer Synchro League by facilitating referees, judges, training, scoring and meet set-up.  The cost of an Introductory Athlete Membership with USA Synchro ($45) has been added to  the cost of synchro team registration this year so we can simplify the process and register everyone at once.

Parent Volunteer Expectations: The success of the VV synchro team depends on wonderful parent volunteers. Watch for a volunteer sign up from our Synchro Team Mom, Whitney Stanfill. All parents are expected to volunteer at least 1-2 shifts per child on the synchro team. Volunteer training will be provided, prior synchro knowledge is not required.

2019 Synchro Coaches

Head Coach: Paige Romer

Paige is thrilled to be returning to the Virginia Vale family for the 2019 summer season. Paige joined the VV synchro team as a swimmer in 1998, and began coaching in 2004, serving as head coach from 2011-2013. She couldn’t resist the opportunity to return this year to her very favorite job and place! Paige is a certified teacher and has her Master’s in Education Psychology, but recently decided to shift careers and will be starting medical school at the University of Colorado this fall. Paige lives in Stapleton with her husband, Todd, and son, Miller. She is also very excited to be a new VV member as of this year!

Assistant Head Coach: Lauren McDonald

Lauren McDonald joined the VV synchro team in 2005. She is thrilled to be back for her fourth 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.

Novice Coaches: Olivia Buckmelter, Sophia Prendergast, Emily Shepardson, Maisie Bowdouris, Megan Hilbert

A large part of what makes this VV Synchro Team so successful and fun is the comradery between all 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.  Our Novice Coaches are older swimmers on the Synchro Team who continuously show a desire to give back to the team and engage with younger swimmers.  They develop leadership skills while lending support in day to day coaching and routine choreography to the core coaching staff.

Intermediate Synchro Attendance Policy

With such a condensed season, attendance at the majority of scheduled Synchro practices and meets is critical to not only our success as a club, but it also gives our swimmers the practice time they need to feel confident and proud to perform.  Commitment to attend practices in July is especially critical when we are learning and perfecting the majority of our routines.  Our swimmers take on a very demanding work load to learn either two or three uniquely choreographed routines within our time constraints.  Synchro is a very unique sport and has the element of not only individually learning skills, but learning and practicing together as a team to execute routines effectively.  Attendance expectations are not only important for the execution and technicality of what we are trying to accomplish, but also for team morale and bonding.

The attendance policy outlined below is designed to alleviate stress and foster a fun and team oriented environment within our club.  As a swimmer if you would prefer to have less commitment or if as a family you have a number of planned vacations over the summer that is completely OK, it will just mean adjusting the number of routines a swimmer participates in.  As a coaching staff we always want to present routines that our swimmers have had an adequate amount of time to learn and feel confident in performing.

In addition to the below attendance policy, please note there are a number of practices in July leading up to the Watershow and State Finals that are mandatory for attendance (bolded on the Synchro calendar).


Intermediate Lower Division (10/11s & 12/13s)

If you will be missing more than 8 days of scheduled practices (M-Th.) over the season it is strongly encouraged to swim in either a small routine OR a team routine, not both.

Intermediate Upper Division (14/15s & 16-19)

If you will be missing more than 6 days of scheduled practices (M-Th.) over the season it is strongly encouraged to swim in one small routine versus two small routines.

If you will be missing more than 3 scheduled night practices (M-Tu.) over the season a team routine will be difficult to keep up with unless a specific plan for private lessons and make up time is discussed with the coaches.


*There may be exceptions, but this is something that will need to be discussed with the specific routine coach, head coach, swimmer and parent.