Copy synchronized swimming movements
When trying to improve your skills try watching youtube videos of athletes from past competitions. Study what they do below the surface so that what happens above the surface looks effortless.
Years ago, I would memorize 10 to 15 seconds of a solo. I remember parts from the US Olympic Team routine. I remember trying to learn Anna Kozlova’s 1996 Snake solo. Who could forget Gemma’s solo from 2009 and that of Virginie’s 2003 solo where I learned to split scull and stay at height. I would watch videos repeatedly then attempt to do them in the pool. I failed multiple times, but I kept going back to repeat my mistakes until they were no longer mistakes. They were just very low successes.
Every September Anna Tarrés would make the Spanish Team learn the Russian Team program. They would work on the speed of the routine and the difficulty. They did this 15+ years ago even when they were low in the world rankings. What did Spain learn from this? They learned how to change the approach to the training method and became an influential team throughout the world. Learning a higher-level routine can help your own skill progression.
Athletes of the past can teach you how to how to use your space when upside down. They can teach you how to move through the water and be more creative while increasing the difficulty. At the end of the day, your routine should be original with your own uniqueness in choreography. That is when it is okay to learn from the great women of the past.
Not to Copy synchronized swimming movements
Throughout the years friends shared stories of teams travelling to San Francisco to record the S.F. Merionettes team routine. The stories continued as athletes traveled home, went back to their pool and would learn the entire routine, essentially copying and competing someone else’s routine. It made them good athletes as it taught them the skill level they needed to perform the routine well, but it was not their own. It was more of a scene from Bring It On. Imagine if that happened at synchro competitions today…Yikes!
Top teams have become more creative as it requires mastering specific skills. So, play it safe and keep to your own talents when it matters in front of a panel of judges. Copy to learn, but don’t copy to compete.