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Synchronized Swim Sprites Host Meet in Wauwatosa

Girls from 8 to 19 team up this weekend in choreographed tournament plunge at school pools, hosting swim teams from Wisconsin and three other states.

Cannonball!!! Last one in is a... sprite.

This weekend, the Aqua Sprites of Wisconsin synchronized swim team will host 150 swimmers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota in an invitational tournament setting.

The figures meet will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St. On Saturday, the routines meet will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whitman Middle School, 11100 W. Center St.

The events are open to the public – particularly to Wauwatosa-area girls interested in learning more about the sport. The team practices regularly at Whitman Middle School through a partnership with the Wauwatosa Recreation Department.

While synchronized swimming fanatics will want to catch every minute of both days' events, Saturday is the showcase. Swimmers ages 8 to 19 from around the Midwest will compete in solo, duet, trio and large-team routines. Team routines, the most exciting performances to watch, start around 1 p.m.

Did you know? In order to keep their hairstyles intact during these underwater performances, swimmers coat and harden their hair with a strong solution of Knox gelatin.

The Aqua Sprites club of Wauwatosa currently comprises 23 dedicated young swimmers.

The sport of synchronized swimming requires strong skills and abilities in swimming, teamwork, memorization and synchronization. The girls on the team work hard throughout their long season to demonstrate their improving skills and their exciting new routines at various competitions.  

To help support the team, Murf’s Restaurant, 12505 W. Burleigh Road in Brookfield, is donating 20 percent of proceeds to the team on Saturday when customers mention the team while placing their orders.

Did you know? Synchronized swimming was demonstrated for the public's pleasure at the 1952 Olympics. It became an Olympic medal event in 1984.

Aqua Sprites is actively looking for other support for the team to host this event by providing monetary, merchandise or other donations.  The Aqua Sprites of Wisconsin is a registered non-profit charitable organization (501 (c)3).  Your donations may be tax deductible. 

Small items to fill ditty bags for visitors to the weekend tournament are still very welcome.

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The Aqua Sprites of Wisconsin, a member of USA Synchronized Swimming, is one of four synchronized swim teams in Wisconsin. It is open to girls ages 8-19. For more information contact Coach Meg Stahl at asw_synchro@att.net or visit the team’s facebook page at Aqua Sprites of Wisconsin Synchro.

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