Frequently Asked Questions

What is synchro?
Synchronized swimming, formerly known as "water ballet," was introduced in the United States at the turn of the 20th Century. It's a hybrid of swimming, dance, gymnastics and water polo and involves execution of precise movements performed to music on, above or beneath the water. The sport combines athleticism and aesthetic grace and attracts athletes who possess strength, flexibility and creativity. Synchro swimmers develop confidence, poise and a team spirit that carries through to their adult years. You can read more about synchro and its history here.

How can I/my child try synchro?
Swimmers ages 6-18 can join our recreational team classes, and adults can join our Masters team. Throughout the year, anyone can try one of our one-day classes offered at different DFW pools. We also offer beginner youth synchro camps over the summer.

The only requirement for newcomers is that they are deep-water safe and able to swim one length of crawlstroke across the pool, since we swim in 12 feet of water.

Where do you practice?
We practice at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center (1750 Duncan Lane) in Lewisville, LISD Eastside Aquatic Center (5729 Memorial Dr, The Colony TX) and North Lake Aquatic Center (5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving), where the team began in 1985.

What do you need for practice?
All swimmers must wear a one-piece bathing suit and bring a towel, swimming cap, goggles and nose clip to practice (you can purchase noseclips from us). We also recommend a water bottle (to stay hydrated during practice), yoga mat, and a pair of flip flops for walking around the pool deck. Age Group competitive swimmers should bring their water jugs and stretch bands to every practice. In the winter months, we recommend a sweatshirt, sweat pants, and/or a swim parka to wear after getting out of the pool.

What is a typical practice like?
Swimmers start with a land workout and stretching session, followed by a pool warm-up consisting of laps and synchro conditioning. Once they're warmed up, the team then works on figures — individual movements in the water that are judged and count for half their score at most competitions. They also spend time running through and matching sections of their team, combo, duet or solo routines.

How do you hear the music underwater?
We have an underwater speaker which allows us to hear the music under the surface. Because of echoes and other crowd noise at the pool, the team can actually hear the music more clearly underwater than when they're above!

Why do you wear noseplugs?
A noseclip prevents water from entering the nasal cavity during upside-down movements and allows the swimmer to stay underwater for long periods of time. During competitions, most swimmers carry one or two extra noseclips in the hip-area of their bathing suits in case the one they're wearing gets knocked off in the middle of the routine.

How long can you hold your breath?
As long as we need to during our routines! In a four-minute routine, top swimmers often spend more than a minute underwater without coming up for air. At the same time, they're working very hard, moving their arms and legs to suspend themselves out of the water. Swimmers train during practice to increase endurance and lung capacity, allowing them to achieve this. Some synchro swimmers can swim 75 meters or more underwater without coming up for air.

Can you stand on the bottom of the pool?
No - it's against the rules for synchronized swimmers to touch the bottom during a routine. Such an infraction would result in a two-point deduction. We practice in 12-14 feet of water, so all of our swimmers must be deep-water safe. The team uses the "eggbeater" kick (which is also used in water polo) to tread water when they're above the surface. Whenever they're lifting a teammate out of the water, they're using solely their own strength and are not standing on the bottom of the pool.

What is "Knoxing?"
“Knoxing," or gelling, is a synchro tradition used for shows and routine competitions. Swimmers wear their hair in a tight bun on top of their heads. We then dissolve several packets of Knox — a brand of unflavored gelatin — in hot water and paint it on the swimmer's hair to hold it in place during their swim. This “gelatin shield” doesn't dissolve in the pool’s cold water. When the competition is over, the swimmer takes a warm shower to wash out the gelatin. While there's no scientific proof that gelatin benefits hair and nail health (as touted by several beauty products), your hair does seem nice and soft after washing it out.

How often do you compete?
Depending on the age and ability of the swimmer, Age Group competitive team members (ages 6-19) attend anywhere from one to six meets in a season. Beginner team members (novice and intermediate) can opt to compete in up to two local/regional competitions a year. Masters swimmers (ages 20+) can attend Nationals in October, as well as any local invitational contests. Most Age Group competitions are held after the first of the year, making the fall the ideal time to learn and perfect routines.

Are there special outfits or uniforms for competitions?
Yes. For the figures portion of competition, swimmers must wear a black one-piece swimsuit, white cap, googles and nose clip. They are not permitted to wear any jewelry, make-up or nail polish for this part of the competition. For the routine portion of competition, special swimsuits and hairpieces are designed and ordered/made by the coaches. The swimmers Knox their hair and wear make-up for this part of the competition. After a competition concludes, PTX swimmers wear their team jackets with pants or matching shorts for awards.

What is your meet schedule like?
Competitions typically begin in January, with national-level meets finishing up in July (for those who qualify to attend). We typically have two or more competitions in the DFW area each season and travel for the rest. You can see our season's meet calendar here.

How do you do at competitions?
PTX is one of the top teams in Texas and the South Zone. Last season, we placed second overall at Regionals (state of Texas); were the South Zone junior champions (titles in junior solo, duet and figures); placed seventh in junior combo at the US Junior Championships; and captured three top-ten placements at Junior Olympic Nationals, with our top duet and solo both placing third. The team has won 15 national titles over the years, and we're working to add to that tally in the future!

Do you perform any shows?
Yes — we put on team shows in December and May, where we showcase our season's routines for our friends, family and supporters.

We're also available to perform at private parties and events. We can put together a show based on the routines we're currently swimming, or we can choreograph new routines to suit a particular theme or piece of music. We'll provide quotes based on the number of performers requested and any specific client needs. Contact us for additional information.

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