Over the next two weeks, several members of USA Synchro’s Masters program will compete at the FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Four clubs from the United States will be represented at World Masters, The Unsyncables of La Mirada, MAC Synchro, Redwood Empire and The Santa Clara Aquamaids.
It has been two years of hard work to prepare for this moment for Sue Baross Nesbitt, Barb Nesbitt and Teresa Liccardo. The trio makes up The Unsyncables of La Mirada and will compete in the technical and free solo. Barb Nesbitt and Teressa Liccardo will compete in the duet events at the World Championships.
The world stage however, is familiar territory for the swimmers from California. Sue Baross Nesbitt is the reigning Masters World Solo Champion in the 60-69 age group. Baross Nesbitt came out of a 40-year retirement in order to reconnect with her body in the water and to better connect with the athletes she coaches. During her competitive days, she competed in the Elite divisions, winning multiple World and National titles.
Barb Nesbitt grew up in the sport. She was a six-time National Team member and swam for The Ohio State University in college. She also performed in Le Reve the Dream at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. It was only four years ago that Nesbitt jumped into Masters swimming because she wanted to lead by example with the Masters athletes she was training. In 2017, Nesbitt earned a silver medal at World Masters in the solo division. It was just three years ago when she paired with duet partner Teresa Liccardo, and realized the duo was a great match in and out of the pool. The pair earned gold at the 2017 World Masters Championships and hope to defend their title at this year’s championships.
Teresa Liccardo grew up swimming with the Santa Clara Aquamaids and represented USA Synchro as a part of the Junior National Team. Liccardo took a break from synchronized swimming during her college years, but came back to the sport in the Masters division and earned a gold medal at the 2017 World Masters Championships in duet with partner Barb Nesbitt. Liccardo also earned a bronze medal at the 2017 World Masters in the solo event. Liccardo currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, and performs as a member of both Le Reve – The Dream at the Wynn Hotel and Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ at the Bellagio.
Since the pair teamed up in 2016, Nesbitt and Liccardo have spent two days a month training together, but it has not been easy. It has required a great deal of sacrifice for the pair to practice because they live in separate states.
“I am in Southern California and Teresa is in Last Vegas,” Nesbitt said. “Our training time requires a tremendous time, financial and travel commitment especially since we both get different days off during the week from our full-time jobs.”
The Unsyncables crew is excited and grateful for the opportunity to compete on the World stage and show the World what the USA clubs are capable of.
“We are hopeful our strong showing here at the World Masters Championships will continue to keep the ‘buzz’ positive with USA Synchro coming back as a strong country in the sport,” Nesbitt said.
But it is not about the medal count for The Unsyncables. Nesbitt said they hope to all have their personal best swims and show off their work they have put in since 2017.
“I know Teresa and I have worked really hard the last two years to defend our title, but brining that USA spirit upfront and swimming with passion and heart are definitely a focus as well which is one of our strengths,” Nesbitt said.
Watch the 2019 FINA World Masters Championships here.