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USA Synchro Hosts Boys in Synch Camp

By Emily Falkenberg | Jan. 22, 2020, 7:40 p.m. (ET)

(LAS VEGAS, Nevada) - With a big help from The United States Synchronized Swimming Foundation, USA Synchro successfully hosted its first ever “Boy in Synch,” an all-male camp in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

11 males were able to experience a clinic designed specifically for them by 2017 World Bronze medalists Bill May and Kanako Spendlove, Former USA Synchro National Team Coach Chris Carver, USA Synchro Board Member Chris Leahy and USA Synchro Education Director Shari Darst.

“A history lesson on men in synchro, gym work, extension exercises, core work, transitional water skills and mixed pair connective techniques were just a small part of the content of the clinic,” Former USA Synchro National Team Coach Chris Carver said. “At the conclusion of the clinic the men treated us to a mixed duet performance where they were joined by some special young women from the Southern Nevada Desert Mermaids.” 

For World Champion and pioneer of males in Artistic Swimming, Bill May, the weekend was an inspiring look into the future of male artistic swimmers from the U.S.  May said this weekend was a big step in equalizing the gender representation in Artistic Swimming. 

“The inclusion of men in the sport is truly a platform for growth in Artistic Swimming and it was an honor to work with the up and coming athletes and future stars of Artistic Swimming,” May said. “I look forward to many more camps and further development of men in the sport.”

The men were also treated to their very own “Cirque du Soleil” moment when Cirque performer, Rob Knowles gave the athletes a lesson in presentation and allowed them to add in their own creativity. 

“They are genuinely focused on and excited by their chosen sport,” Carver said. “This was truly a wonderful experience and left me with tremendous optimism for the United States' future in the Mixed Duet event.”

A big thank you goes to the United States Synchronized Swimming Foundation for funding this amazing camp at no cost to the athletes. This camp also would not have been possible without Southern Nevada Desert Mermaids Head Coach Ludi Perrin-Stsepaniuk for their amazing facility and talented swimmers.