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Capital Region's only synchronized swim team celebrating nearly 50 years

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Updated: October 23, 2019 05:53 PM
Created: October 23, 2019 05:53 PM

TROY - When you think of competitive youth sports, what comes to mind - Football? Basketball? Soccer?

There's a lesser known Olympic sport that has quietly made a home in the Capital Region for nearly 50 years – synchronized swimming.

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Here in the Capital Region, the only synchronized swim team is The Sculpins.

The Sculpins have been around since 1973. They practice at the Troy Boys & Girls Club and in the pool at Emma Willard.

It's okay if you've never heard of them. They're used to it.

Today, the team of 26 young women - between the ages of 5 and 18 - are part of resurgence. Just a few years ago, the team was nearly sunk.

Now, numbers are growing - and when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins - the events - now known as artistic swimming - will further boost interest.

This year's national championships will be held in Florida. While the team is driven to win - these young ladies say they've already won. Many had tried mainstream sports and found they weren't the right fit.

In the water, they're athletes and artists - teammates and friends.

Learn more about how long practices can take – and how much time is spent upside down in the water, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

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