Young synchronized swimmers make a splash in Florida

- A group of synchronized swimmers is making a name for themselves in Florida.

The underwater acrobats may be young, but their leader has half a century of competitive experience in swirling, sculling, and swimming.

"Synchronized swimming is what we call the ultimate sport," coach Beth Moore explained.

She knows what she is talking about. Moore has been involved in synchronized swimming for more than 50 years.

"Take gymnastics routine, or an ice skating routine and throw it in liquid water instead of frozen and... you have synchro," Coach Moore said.

For 35 years, Moore has been the coach of the synchronized swim team, the Tampa Bay Synchrays.

Earlier this year, the team came in 1st place in the Jr. Olympics Sunshine State Games.

"If you are comfortable in the water and you can swim in deep water without hanging onto the wall... we will turn you into a synchronized swimmer," Coach Moore said.

Just ask 8-year-old Erin Gordon. She has been part of the team for a year.

"I love our routines and our figures," said Erin. "We get to be so creative in making up all of our routines."

Scarlett Ray, 11, started six years ago. She says the hardest thing about the sport is holding your breath underwater.

"You're just like, 'Aw, I got to hold it. I got to hold my breath in. I can't let anything out,'" she said.

There are 22 kids on the team, from ages 5 to 17. They practice three days a week.

"It's a great way to spend your day," Coach Moore said.

For information, visit https://www.tampabaysynchrays.com/.

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