Local athletes to compete for a national title at the U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships


North County San Diego members of the San Dieguito synchronized swimming team are set to compete for a national title at the 2014 U.S. eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships from June 27-July 5 in Federal Way, Wash.

The meet is the largest synchronized swimming meet in the world, and features competition in four age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19.

Local qualifiers are:

11-12 Age Group duet: Grace Lytle (Encinitas) and Olivia Dalry (Carmel Valley);

13-15 duet: Lily Kreps (Encinitas) and Kiyomi Kishaba (Rancho Penasquitos);

13-15 Age Group team: Grace Lytle (Encinitas), Olivia Dalry (Carmel Valley), Phoebe Kreps (Encinitas), Mari Burigana (Carlsbad), Reica Osawa (4S Ranch), Diana Tereshenko (Rancho Penasquitos), Samantha Whitley (Rancho Bernardo);

16-17 Age Group trio: Kenna Osborn (Encinitas), Lily Kreps (Encinitas), and Kiyomi Kishaba (Rancho Penasquitos);

16-17 Age Group duet: Calla Chenelle (Scripps Ranch) and Samantha Whitley (Rancho Bernardo).

They qualified for the national championships by placing among the top three finishers at the regional championships last month, which featured top athletes from Southern California.

Synchronized swimming requires a unique combination of strength, agility, endurance, flexibility and speed. San Dieguito Synchro practices five days a week at Westview High School, Cathedral Catholic High School, and Carlsbad pools. San Dieguito Synchro has a history of success, having qualified for nationals for each year for the past five years. Led by head coach Danielle Waite, a former national team member and SDSU alumna, the club has been active in the community for more than a decade.

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 19, the team is hosting a 10th anniversary watershow event at Westview High School (13500 Camino del Sur, San Diego). The community is welcome, and the cost is $5 per person.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in beginner’s classes can call 858-531-1085 or email sdsynchro@gmail.com.