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The Pirouettes of Texas to Host 2013 U.S. Open in Irving
The Pirouettes of Texas to Host 2013 U.S. Open in Irving
 
Championships to be held at North Lake College Natatorium, July 9-13    
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- USA Synchro has announced that the Pirouettes of Texas Synchronized Swimming Club will host the 2013 U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming Championships in Irving, Texas, July 9-13.
 
"We are really excited to be headed to Texas," USA Synchro Executive Director Julie Fabsik-Swarts said. "The Pirouettes and the local organizing team have been wonderful in meeting all of the needs of the athletes and officials. I expect it will be an excellent event."
 
Individuals and teams will compete for national titles in junior and senior divisions in solo, duet, team, figure and free combination at the North Lake College Natatorium.
 
The Pirouettes of Texas and the City of Irving most recently hosted the U.S. Open in 2010. Irving has hosted several synchronized swimming events, including the 2012 Junior Zone and the 1996 Junior National Championship.
 
 
About USA Synchro
 
Spectators have been awed by the grace and power of synchronized swimming since the inception of the sport in the early 1900s. Synchronized swimming requires a unique combination of overall body strength and agility, grace and beauty, split-second timing, musical interpretation, stamina and dramatic flair.
 
The inaugural synchronized swimming U.S. National Championships were held in 1946, just one year after the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) first recognized the sport. A few years later, the 1955 Pan American Games included synchronized swimming events, and the World Aquatic Championships soon followed. After almost 40 years of concerted effort, synchronized swimming was at last included in the Olympic Games in 1984, with the United States winning the first solo and duet Olympic gold medals.
 
Three events are currently recognized internationally in synchronized swimming: solo, duet and team (eight swimmers). The competitive rules and manner of judging are similar to such sports as figure skating and gymnastics. In the 1996 Olympics, the team event replaced solo and duet competition, which had been a part of the Olympic program since 1984. However, the overwhelming demand for tickets and broad television appeal of the 1996 team event prompted the IOC to reinstate the duet event for 2000.
 
USA Synchro was established as a nonprofit organization in 1977, and is the United States national governing body for the sport, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur) - the international governing federation.
 
USA Synchro organizes, participates in, and promotes a variety of competitive events each year. These events begin at the local level and continue in the following categories: Age Group (12-19), Junior (15-18), Senior and Masters (20+).
 
For more information, visit http://www.usasynchro.org, facebook.com/usasynchro and @usasynchro