2022 Synchro Team
Overlee’s Synchronized Swim Team
We are a mostly recreational synchro team in Arlington, Virginia. We are open to swimmers ages 6-18. No “Synchro” experience is needed. Swimmers interested in joining the team can explore our website for more information!
Swimmers and coaches practice in June and July to get ready for the Annual Synchronized Swim Show held at the end of July.
Local Synchro Teams also have See It/Try It demos, check their websites for more info:
Summer 2023 Registration is Open!
Mon., 5/8: Discounted, early bird registration ($200) opens to returning team members (both Overlee members and non-members) first.
Thurs., 5/11: Discounted, early bird registration opens to new swimmers 6-18 y/o, who can pass the deep water swim test and are Overlee members. No prior Synchro experience required!
Mon., 5/15: Early bird discount ends (registration fee = $210) and opens to any new swimmer 6-18 y/o, who can pass the deep water swim test. Non-Overlee members and beginners are welcome!
- Registration fee includes Overlee swim cap, team t-shirt & performance swimsuit.
- Registration will switch to a waitlist once cap is reached. Depending on interest (per waitlist sign ups) and staffing, more spots may open on this year’s team.
- Dive and Swim team members are encouraged to try Synchro as it’s a complementary sport that’s creative and fun. It also improves conditioning, flexibility and strength. Synchro rarely overlaps with Overlee Dive and Swim Team schedules.
- The season starts on Wed. evening, 5/31 with a kickoff potluck, first practice and parent meeting and finishes with the Synchro Show on Wed, 7/19 (rain date 7/20), a beloved Overlee tradition. Show participation is optional but highly encouraged. Athletes from beginners to Junior Olympians perform routines set to music under spotlights in the lap pool.
- Synchro will hold its first ever competition, a Figures Meet, on Sat., 6/24 (rain date 6/25) at home! Meet participation is optional but highly encouraged for returning athletes and any new team members with synchro experience.
2023 practice schedule:
Wed. PM: 7:00-8:30 June, then 7:45-9:00 July
Fri. PM: 3:30-5:00 (occasionally)
Sat. AM: 8:00 to 10:00
Sun. AM: 8:30–10:00
*NEW! this season—optional weekday AM practices:
Tues., Wed. & Thurs. AM: 8:00-9:45
Questions? Contact Head Coach Megan Goodell, and
Team Reps Maripili O’Connell & Faye Del Pezzo at email@example.com
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Sundays 8:30-10:00am: Team Practice
Wednesdays in June 7:00-8:30pm: Team Practice (starting June 21st 7:00-9:00)
Friday June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14: 3:30-5:00
Saturdays 8:00-10:00am: Team Practice
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:00am-9:45am: Optional Skills Practice and Small Routine Practice
May 31: First practice, team dinner and parent meeting
Wednesday, June 21: All Overlee Sock Hop (no practice)
Jun 24: Dual meet with NoVa Synchro!
Wednesday, July 19: Synchro Show
Thursday, July 20: Synchro Show rain date
The schedule is listed on the left and the calendar from our BAND app can be added to your Apple calendar.
All practices and our meet will be listed on BAND.
- Overlee has had a synchro team since nearly its founding in the late 1950s!
Synchronized Swimming Information
- Overlee Synchro is open to swimmers 6-18 y/o who can pass Overlee’s deep water swim test. Beginners of any age are welcome, as are non-Overlee members (most seasons).
- Participation in the end of season performance in late July is optional but highly encouraged for all team members. Check out some routines from previous years here.
- Overlee Synchro will host its first dual meet this season in late June. Participation is optional but highly encouraged for returning team members.
- Overlee Synchro has three levels
- Synchro has two components
- Skills for synchronized swimming performed individually, and slowly, without music.
- Scored by a panel of judges, on design and control (judging occurs in meets only—not at the end of season performance).
- Solos, Duets, Trios and Teams
- 1 swimmer
- Length: 2:00-2:30 minutes
- 2 swimmers
- Length: 2:15-2:45 minutes
- 3 swimmers
- Length: 2:15-2:45 minutes
- 4 to 8 swimmers.
- Length: 2:45-3:45 minutes
- Everyone swims in a team.
- Availability for the end of year performance will be considered in team selection.
- Swimmers may also perform in one to two additional, small group routines if they meet the requirements to do so.
- Swimmers wear routine suits, headpieces, and gelatin in their hair to hold it in place.
- Solos, Duets, Trios and Teams
- This year we will be hosting 1 meet
- It will be a figure meet
- We work on both figures and routines, at practice, the whole season
What Are Figures?
Figures are synchro positions, with transitions to other positions, done individually. You will learn, then perform 4 figures in front of a panel of 3 judges for an individual score.
How often do we practice?
Generally, the team practices on most Saturday and Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings starting after Memorial Day and concluding in late July. This season, we have added a number of optional but highly encouraged weekday morning practices beginning in mid June. For more info, please see the ‘Schedule’ tab above.
How is the program priced?
Please click on the registration button above more information. The registration fee includes a team t-shirt, swim cap and performance suit.
What are the parental commitments?
Parents are asked to volunteer in the planning and staffing of team fundraisers (Movie Night, 4th of July food sale, etc.) and socials, as well as assist with the annual end of season performance. For this season, we ask each family to volunteer for at least one team fundraiser, event or social, AND one parent per swimmer to volunteer during Synchro Show Week.
How involved do I need to be?
Synchro by its nature is a team sport so it is vital that athletes are at practice to work on their routines in “synch” with their teammates. However, coaches understand that athletes are busy over the summer with travel and other prior commitments, but when possible, swimmers should make every effort to attend practice. Parents are expected to communicate absences as far in advance as possible so coaches can plan accordingly.
Small group routines (trios, duos and solos) for the end of season Synchro Show are awarded to interested swimmers based on practice attendance, effort and having demonstrated sufficient mastery of their group routine (as determined by coaches). These small group routines will be mainly worked on during weekday morning practices (Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday 8:00-9:45am) although we may be able to find alternative times for athletes who cannot make these practices. Swimmers not performing in small group routines are welcome at weekday morning practices too to work on conditioning, skills and group routines.
Although the end of season show and figures meet are optional, participation is highly encouraged.
Megan Goodell has coached for Overlee Synchro since 2017. Megan has also coached nationally competing athletes at NoVa Synchro since 2019. She has coached at many levels and ages since then for both recreational and competitive teams.
Megan has been involved in synchronized swimming since she started at Overlee Synchro when she was 10. She competed at her first U.S. Nationals in 2019 where her team won 3rd place and competed in national events all over the U.S. until 2020.
She is a USAS Level 3F judge and is in the process of completing the Level 1 USAS synchro coaching course.
Megan is getting a degree from James Madison University in Special Education with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She is a substitute teacher for Arlington Public Schools in her free time.
Anne Licato has been a coach for Overlee Synchro since 2020. Before that, she junior coached for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. She started her synchronized swimming journey on the Overlee Synchro team in 2013, and she has returned to the program every year since.
Since 2014, Anne has been a competitive synchronized swimmer with NOVA Synchro. She has competed at the local, regional, and national levels. This summer, she plans to compete at the Junior Olympic Championships in Hampton, Virginia.
Anne is a current student and IB Diploma Candidate at Washington-Liberty High School and will be entering her first year at William & Mary. Anne is also an active Girl Scout working to get her Gold Award and is president of the Washington-Liberty Key Club.
Sydney Purcell has been a coach for Overlee Synchro since 2021. Before that, she was a substitute coach for the 2020 season. Her synchronized swimming experience began on the Overlee Synchro team in 2013, and she continued swimming for the team up until she became a coach.
Sydney is also currently a swimmer on NOVA Synchro, which she has been a part of since 2015. She has competed at a variety of both regional and national competitions including Ohio, New York, Texas, and Colorado. She plans to compete this summer at the Junior Olympic Championships in Gainesville, Florida.
Sydney is a current student at Yorktown High School, close to entering her senior year. In her free time, she works as a lifeguard at the Yorktown Aquatic Center.
Tamara has swam for NOVA Synchro for 12 years since 2009, competing up to the national level. She was a part of Overlee Synchro when she was a child and has come back to enjoy the experience once again.
Tamara is currently a rising sophomore at Syracuse University and is a Public Relations student with a minor in Finance. She’s involved in the student run PR Firm on campus and treasurer of the Crisis Communications club. She has also been a coach for NOVA Synchro.
In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and loves trying new foods.
Lauren Edwards is going to spend her first season as an Overlee Synchro coach this summer! Lauren has been a part of the Overlee team as a swimmer since 2016, where she got her start in synchro, and she has plenty of both swim and synchro experience under her belt.
Lauren currently swims for local club NOVA Synchro, which she has been a part of since 2016. She has competed with NOVA at a variety of regional and national competitions in Arizona, New York, Texas, and Colorado, to name a few. She plans to compete this summer at the Junior Olympic Championships in Hampton, Virginia.
Lauren is currently enrolled in Yorktown High School, where she is a rising Senior. When she’s not at synchro practice, she works as a lifeguard at the Yorktown Aquatic Center. In her free time, she enjoys racing for the Yorktown swim team and going to the gym.
This is Mia’s first year as a coach for Overlee Synchro! She’s an experienced swimmer, who has been swimming synchro competitively for the past 7 years, since 2015. She has been swimming with Overlee for the past 6 years.
Mia swims on NOVA synchronized swim team on the senior team, meaning she swims at an advanced level. She has competed nationally, in meets including the Junior Olympics, a nationwide competition that features professional swimmers from the United States.
Currently, Mia is a freshman at Yorktown High School. She takes pride in her academic and physical achievements. She enjoys tackling new challenges and taking initiative.
Addy has been swimming for Overlee since 2014. Last year she lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at overlee all summer. This year she worked for Overlee’s Sunday night swim program to continue to teach swim lessons all year round.
Addy first found her interest in synchronized swimming on the Overlee Synchro team in 2015. After that summer she started swimming competitively with NOVA Synchro. This allowed her to compete at local, regional and national level meets at as young as 11 years old.
Addy is a current sophomore student and plans to start her first year as an IB Diploma Candidate next year. Addy also has participated in the varsity swim team since freshman year and is an active member in Key club, Best Buddies, and created the club ARS at Washington-Liberty high school