INDIANAPOLIS - The world's most elite synchronized swimmers will gather in Indianapolis Aug. 11-15 for the 2010 Esynchro FINA World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships. The event will be held at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. Participants will include National Team athletes ranging from ages 15 to 18 years old.
The IU Natatorium is no stranger to the sport of synchronized swimming. The facility has played host to the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team Trials (1984, 1988, 1996, 2008), the FINA World Cup (1985), the U.S. National Championships (1996, 2007) and the Esynchro Age Group Championships (2004).
The internationally-sanctioned competition will feature the team and duet events, which are also Olympic disciplines. The team event consists of eight athletes and the duet of two synchronized swimmers. The competition will also include the solo and the free combination routine event. The solo requires a swimmer to synchronize a routine to music, while the free combination routine is considered a fan-favorite and incorporates a variety of different routines into one four-and-a-half minute program.
The biennial event is open to Junior National Teams worldwide and marks the 12th time the competition has been held. The United States will be represented by the U.S. Junior National Team, which will be named in May 2010. The Hilton Indianapolis, located downtown, will serve as the official host hotel for the anticipated 300 athletes, coaches and officials.