2019 Rising Stars



Lily Baioni – Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) Synchro

Lily Baioni was born in Portland, OR in 2008. Lily was 5 years old when she first saw the MAC Masters Synchro team outside her club pool. She wondered what this fun group of ladies were doing and after finding out asked her parents to sign her up for a Synchronized Swimming camp that summer. Lily has been in love with the water and all creatures that share its life-giving essence ever since. Lily is in her 4th year of Synchronized Swimming with MAC Synchro and just performed her first solo. She attends Childpeace Montessori and loves the subjects of Art, Math, Science, Geography, PE & Spanish. In her free time Lily enjoys painting, interior design, skating and relaxing with her family and friends.

Alivia Oliver- Gardens Synchro

Alivia was born in Arkansas in 2008, and moved to West Palm Beach, FL before her first birthday. Alivia's love for the water and swimming began at an early age. She joined Gardens Synchro when she was 6 years old; this is her 5th season with the club and in the sport of synchro. Alivia is passionate, hardworking, driven, and determined! She has National Team and Olympic dreams. Outside of synchro Alivia enjoys reading, the beach, and time with family and friends.


Elisa Brunel- Austin Angelfish

Elisa started synchronized swimming at age 11. She became part of the Austin Angelfish competitive team two years ago and has worked with passion and discipline at improving her technique and skills ever since. She competed at the National Junior Olympics in 2017 and 2018 and the US 13-15 National Championships in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 & 2019, she enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the National Team Trials. Her first coach and greatest supporter has been Cheryl Cook of the Austin Angelfish. Elisa has also had the pleasure this year to work with Lori Eaton and Lolli Montico, who were both pivotal in growth as a synchronized swimmer and helped her gain confidence in herself and skills. Elisa is an Italian-American dual citizen and was able to work in Italy with the Italian National coaches. In addition to synchronized swimming, Elisa takes ballet and has attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy camp in New York City. At school, she is a happy incoming 9th grader, is on NJHS and plays saxophone as first chair on her school band. Her comfort food is pasta. When not in the pool or in the ballet studio, Elisa likes to bake and try new things with her friends, like goat yoga or silks.

Anna "Sophie" Knippel- Gardens Synchro

Sophie was born in Miami on June 20,2007. She started synchronized swimming at the age of 8, after being a cheerleader on the YMCA travel team. She has always been very athletic and has participated in many sports amongst them Gymnastics, soccer, and tumbling. In October 2015, while she was recovering from a wrist fracture, she decided to give synchro a try at her mother's urging. After one season as a novice and inspired by the JO level girls from her team, Sophie realized that synchro was her passion. In 2018, during her first year at the JO level, she had a great season, finishing 1st place at Regionals in team, 4th place in figures, and qualifying for JOs where she placed 55th in figures and was invited to the National Talent Camp.

Outside of synchro, Sophie does Acrobactics, CrossFit, and basketball. She is a straight A student and was recently recommended to be the Student Ambassador at her school. Sophie is very active in her community such as volunteering at her local church and helping to teach CCD to younger kids. She loves to travel and is fascinated with different cultures. In her spare time, she hangs out with friends and listens to K-Pop. This year she is trying for the 12 & Under National Team and has advanced to the final phase! She knows she has a long road ahead of her, and she understands the commitment and challenges that she must face, but she is excited and anxious to see what the future holds for her!




AnaMaria Camero- Splash Synchronized Swim

AnaMaria started competitive Allstar cheerleading when she was 5 years old. She won the All American Championship in Vegas and qualified for World Summit in Florida. She started synchronized swimming when she was 6. She stopped cheerleading when she was 8 to pursue her synchro career. She has done gymnastics, has taking piano, and violin lessons and currently she is learning the flute. She is a very hard worker, dedicated, persistent, she is very flexible, athletic, and she is passionate about synchro. She is a level 4 swimmer and has goals to be an Olympic swimmer.

Emma Kim- Austin Angelfish

Emma has been swimming with the Austin Angelfish in Austin, TX since she was 6 years old and is currently in her 8th season as an Angelfish. She has competed at the last 4 Junior Olympics and finished 11th in solo and 11th in duet in her final year of 12 & Under competition in 2017. Last season, she and her duet partner qualified and competed at the US 13-15 Nationals in her first year as a 13-15! Last year, Emma was selected by her region to attend the USA Synchronized Swimming All Star Camp twice. She is a versatile swimmer who has competed in all age groups depending on where her team needed her while consistently improving figures in her own age group every year. When she is not at the pool, Emma attends St. Andrew's Episcopal school where she is an honor roll student and an active member of her school's Fine Arts Council and Student Council. In her spare time, Emma loves to read, ride her bike, hang out with her dog, and travel with her family. Her synchro goals include swimming in finals at Nationals and JO's, making a National Team, and continuing her synchro career in college!