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Local athletes to compete for a national title at the U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships on June 27

Annandale, VA (June 23, 2014)—Nine members of the Northern Virginia Nereids synchronized swimming team are set to compete for a national title at the 2014 U.S. eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships from June 27-July 5 in Federal Way, Washington. The meet is the largest synchronized swimming meet in the world, and features competition in four age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19.

Local qualifiers include:

·         Margot Baden

·         Kayleigh Gagen

·         Jacqueline Hafner

·         Alexandra Marini

·         Violetta Nikitina

·         Angel Oh

·         Monica Olivo

·         Mikaela Voegele

·         Claire Werrlein


These athletes will compete in 16-17 age group in trio, duet, and solo, and in 13-15 age group in trio and duet. They qualified for the national championships by placing among the top three finishers at the regional championships in Huntersville, North Carolina in May, which featured top athletes from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Synchronized swimming requires a unique combination of strength, agility, endurance, flexibility and speed. The Northern Virginia Nereids practice 3 hours per day, 4 days per week at the Audrey Moore RECenter.  Led by head coach Rachel Morris, the club has been active in the community for more than 30 years.

**Media opportunity: Media are invited to observe a practice, or participate in a practice by donning a cap, goggles and a noseclip and learning a basic synchro routine

Parents interested in enrolling their children in a beginner’s clinic or class can email Admin@nvnsynchro.com or check the team website: www.nvnsynchro.com for more information. 

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