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 Conditioning Clinics

Intermediate swimmers are encouraged to participate in one or more RMSSL conditioning clinics for general conditioning and synchro skill enhancement on Sundays April 22, April 29, May 6 and May 20 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Pre-Season Practice Schedule

Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, June 1

  • 5:00 to 6:30 – All Ages

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 am
  • Intermediate:  8:30 –  11:00 am

Monday & Tuesday Night Practices (See synchro calendar for specifics)
14/15’s    6:30 – 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. Please register in advance with Katie ($20/clinic).

  • June 8 (8:30 – 10:00 am) Mock Figure Meet / Judging
  • June 15 (Time TBD) at Cherry Creek Dance
  • June 22 (8:30 – 10:00 am) Mock Figure Meet / Judging
  • June 29 (8:30 – 10:00 am) Features, Lifts & Throws  at VV Pool

2018 Meets

  • Sat, June 9: Figure Meet at VV
  • Sat, June 23: Figure Meet at Skyline
  • Sat, July 7: Figure Meet at Stapleton
  • Wed, July 18: Water Show at VV
  • Tues, July 24 & Wed, July 25: Synchro Finals at Crestmoor

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

Intermediate Attendance: Please read the Intermediate Attendance Policy carefully and inform Coach Katie of any known absences at your earliest convenience as this is helpful when determining the best pairings for routines.

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.

2018 Synchro Coaches

Head Coach: Katie Douglas

Katie Douglas is excited to be returning for another summer at VV in the role of Head Synchro 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, traveling 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 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.

Assistant Coaches: Mary Kate Elson, Mara Pasquarella, Lila Sailey, Maddie Shepardson, Caroline Elson

Mary Kate Elson started synchronized swimming with VV when she was 5 and received a 2017 Lifetime Synchronized Swimming Award from the club.  She will be back for her third year of coaching in 2018.  She also enjoys other sports including field hockey and track and field. Mary Kate attends Colorado State University, Go Rams!

Caroline Elson started synchronized swimming with VV when she was 5 and received a 2017 Lifetime Synchronized Swimming Award from the club.  She will be back for her second year of coaching in 2018 and can always be counted on to keep everyone laughing and having a blast!

Maddie Shepardson also received a 2017 Lifetime Synchronized Swimming Award from the club and is thrilled to be returning to VV to coach for her second season.  She attends University in Colorado and is working towards obtaining her CNA this summer.

Mara Pasquarella swam with the 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 just finished up her first year the University of Alabama, congrats Mara!

Lila Sailey also joins us from Rocky Mountain Splash where she has been doing synchro for 9 years. This will be her third summer coaching at VV. Lila is a student at Arapahoe High School and loves to be in the mountains skiing and hiking in her free time.

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

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 to giving 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.