Austin Angelfish, our city’s only artistic swimming organization (a niche sport that uniquely combines art and athleticism), is a 501c3 that provides girls 8-18 a safe space to develop as artists, athletes, individuals, and community members. The team is funded by monthly dues (paid by the athlete’s family) and fundraising via events throughout the year. This combination of internal and external funding is intentional as we commit to keeping the sport accessible and affordable.
Synchronized swimming (artistic swimming) is a sport that requires grace, endurance, flexibility, strength, coordination, artistry and musical timing.
- is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, combos, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Athletes can perform solos and compete in most other competitions.
- demands advanced water skills and exceptional breath control when upside down underwater. During lifts, (where up to six people act as the platform, one person acts as a base, and one and/or two people act as flyers) swimmers are required not to touch the bottom – yet pull off an outstanding lift.
- is both an individual and team sport. Swimmers compete individually during figures, and then as a team during the routine. Figures are made up of a combination of skills and positions that often require control, strength, and flexibility. Swimmers are ranked individually for this part of the competition. The routine involves teamwork and synchronization. It is choreographed to music and often has a theme.
A synchronized swimmer spends more time in practice more than almost any competitive athlete. Being involved on a synchronized team helps a girl value teamwork, commitment, and her own strength. Contact us to find out more.
Does your child enjoy swimming? Are they constantly trying new acrobatic moves Do they love ballet? Are they natural entertainers? Are you trying to figure out how to support their talents and interests into their schedule?
We have the answer: ARTISTIC SWIMMING
REQUIREMENTS: must be able to swim 25 yards each of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and tread water for two minutes. We will teach them the rest!
*If you are unsure if your child can meet these requirements, arrange for an evaluation through our Contact Us page. Note: your swimmer will need to be approved by an Austin Angelfish Coach before you register.
TIMING: While our teams train year-round, our tryouts start in August. Our artist-athletes learn choreography throughout the Fall. The competition and performance season is from February through June/July.
NOVICE PRACTICE SCHEDULE: we have two novice team options.
- Saturday group meets from 2:00 - 3:30
- Sunday group meets 4:30-6
LOCATION: Westlake Aquatics Center at 4300 Westbank Dr.