Carmel Valley teen named to U.S. synchronized swim team

Carmel Valley teen Alexandra Suarez earned a final ranking of third in the nation during National Team Trials and was named to the 2015 National Team.

Alexandra Suarez, a synchronized swimmer with San Dieguito Synchro, has been named to the United States National Team.

During 13-15 age group National Team Trials, the top athletes from across the country were judged on four synchronized swimming technical elements and 23 core skills in flexibility, conditioning and swimming. The top 20 moved on to the final trials in April, where 12 athletes were named to the 2015 U.S. National Team. Alexandra earned a final ranking of third in the nation.

Alexandra is a freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School, where she is on the varsity swim team and is a plus honor roll student. Over the summer, she will train with the National Team and represent the United States at the Pan-American Age Group Championships Aug. 17-23 in Calgary, Canada.

Synchronized swimming requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control — all while upside down under the water. It combines dance, gymnastics, and swimming into an ultimate team sport.

For information about San Dieguito Synchronized Swimming Team, contact Danielle Coggburn at 858-531-1085 or