Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming is a very complex sport with high level technical and coordination skills.  The sport has dramatically changed and evolved since the days of water ballet and even since the 1990s. Today synchronized swimming is much more dynamic requiring faster propulsions, difficult angles, increased flexibility strength, and greater height out of the water.  It is a multidisciplinary sport with several elements to master:  strength, flexibility, acrobatics, extension, grace and precise timing.  Since 1984, synchronized swimming has officially been an Olympic sport.

Synchro Career   (1993-2001)  Member of the Miami-Dade County Blue Sharkettes synchronized swimming club team.  Top placement at regional, state and national levels. (1997-2001) Medal finalist at South Zone and Age Group National competitions in solo, duet and team routines. (2001-2003) Member of the Ohio State University Division 1 synchronized swimming team that won the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Collegiate Championship titles. (2009) Part founder and member of Verso Performance, a synchronized swimming show troupe based out of Miami, Florida.

Synchro Career  

(1993-2001)  Member of the Miami-Dade County Blue Sharkettes synchronized swimming club team.  Top placement at regional, state and national levels.

(1997-2001) Medal finalist at South Zone and Age Group National competitions in solo, duet and team routines.

(2001-2003) Member of the Ohio State University Division 1 synchronized swimming team that won the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Collegiate Championship titles.

(2009) Part founder and member of Verso Performance, a synchronized swimming show troupe based out of Miami, Florida.

The Coach - Isla Crawford

Isla Crawford is a native conch born and raised in the Upper Florida Keys.  As a child, Isla’s first passions were gymnastics and classical ballet.  Being a Keys kid, her love for the water was innate, and deep down she knew her real dream was to be a mermaid.  At the age of 10, she discovered synchronized swimming.  Her mermaid dreams came true when she joined her first synchro team in Miami later that year.

After graduating from Coral Shores High School, Isla was recruited to swim for the Ohio State University’s national collegiate championship synchronized swimming team. Torn between her devotion to the sport and her love of the ocean, Isla left the land-locked state after two years and transferred to the University of Miami to complete her bachelor’s degree in the marine sciences.

Isla enjoyed pursuing her career in marine conservation, but eventually grew to miss her mermaid life and all the days spent choreographing routines and dancing in the water.  More than anything she wanted to introduce the joys of this great sport to her beloved island community.  It was time to fully embrace her passion – coaching synchronized swimming!

 

 

The Ohio State team performance of the "Bug Routine" at the 2003 U.S. Collegiate National Championships (Isla being lifted as she makes her best googley-eyed bug face)

The Ohio State team performance of the "Bug Routine" at the 2003 U.S. Collegiate National Championships (Isla being lifted as she makes her best googley-eyed bug face)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" technical routine (OSU, 2003)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" technical routine (OSU, 2003)

A group swan formation executed by the four founding members of Verso during a 2009 promotional photo shoot (pictured above from top left corner, clockwise:  Monica Lopez, Sarah Restrepo, Julie Lucas, and Isla Crawford).

A group swan formation executed by the four founding members of Verso during a 2009 promotional photo shoot (pictured above from top left corner, clockwise:  Monica Lopez, Sarah Restrepo, Julie Lucas, and Isla Crawford).