The Minnesota Synchronettes(MNS)is a non-profit U.S. Synchronized Swimming (USSS) club that practices in the west metro areas of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) and competes in numerous USSS synchronized swimming meets and championships throughout the year.
Synchronized swimming is a sport for swimmers who enjoy music, dance, and team camaraderie. Most of the swimmers join the club to learn new skills; have fun; and excel at local, regional and national levels. Swimmers work out 8 to 11 months a year based on their achievement at regional, zone, and national events. The club includes athletes between the ages of 6 and 19 who reside in 12-15 cities in the area.
Programs start in September to prepare for the USSS sponsored meets and championships throughout the year. These competitive events include the following:
Competitive Event and Month Held
|Local Invitational ||December|
|Synchronette Invitational ||January|
|Minnesota State Championships||February|
|North Zone Championships ||March|
|U.S. Junior Championships ||April|
|Age Group Regional Championships||May|
|U.S. Age Group National Championships ||June|
Schedule of Activities During the Competitive Season
|Sept. - Dec.
|| Learn and practice new figures and routines for two local invitational meets. One required practice a week may be replaced with gymnastics, dance, or speed swimming activities.|
|Jan. - Feb.
||Learn and improve the routines and required technical figures for two local meets and the state championship.|
|March - May
|| Master routines and figures for the regional championship, and for qualifying athletes, the North Zone and U.S. Junior Championships|
|June - July
|| For athletes qualified for U.S. Age Group, additional practices are required after the school year is completed. It is important that summer vacations, camps, and other activities do not conflict with these practices and meets.|
Since the clubs formation six years ago, the club has developed numerous athletes and competitive routines that have successfully qualified for and competed in prestigious national championships. The Synchronettes have achieved remarkable success. The Synchronettes have received the most medals and qualified the most routines at the Regional Championships (4 state area); recently tied for 3rd in the North Zone Championships (15 state area); and continued to improve standings at national level championships and trials as summarized in the charts below.
Competitive Achievements and Goals
Chart of MNS Athletes/Routines Qualifying for Competitions
|Year||Age Group Regionals||U.S. Age Group||North Zone||U.S. National Opens||U.S. Junior Nationals||U.S. Senior Nationals||National Team Trials|
|2000||4/5||1/1|| || || || || |
|2001||13/12||11/5|| || || || || |
|2002||23/13||13/5||7/4||2/2|| || || |
|2003||29/21||24/9||15/8||8/5||8/2|| || |
|2004||25/21||25/16||16/12||11/10||8/4*||1/1*||2 phase 2|
|2005||29/22||13/12||13/9||8/7||6/3*||1/1*||1 Phase 3|
|2006||26/24||22/14||18/14||8/4||8/3|| -- || -- |
|2007||30/21||26/14||19/13||6/4||6/2||1/1*||1 Phase 1|
1/Talent ID top 10
|2008||42/24||26/18||21/15||6/2||6/1*||0/0||1/Talent ID top 10 / 13-15 Natíl Team|
|2009||49/28||33/21||20/14||--||2/2||1/1||1/ Jr Phase 3
|2010||36/27||13/15||29/20||1/1*||1/1*||--||1 13-15 Phase 1, 1 Talent ID
|2011||36/29||23/17||32/23||1/1||--||1/1*||3 13-15 Phase 1, 3 Talent ID
|2013||39/26||14/11||23/19||--||2/3||--||1 11-12 Phase 3, 1 11-12 Nat'l Team, 1 Phase 2 Jr Trials
|2014(Goals)||44/26||31/20||29/14||--||5/5||--||2 11-12, 1 13-14, 2 Phase 3/Nat'l Team
* qualified but did not compete
Conditioning Program for High School Varsity Swimmers
The club offers a conditioning program December - February for varsity high school swimmers who want to build skills for the varsity season. High School Varsity Synchro is offered at a number of school districts in the area during a March - May season. Several swimmers on the Synchronettes competitive team also participate in the Varsity High School programs.
The club also offers summer clinics in various west metro locations to share our expertise and enthusiasm for the sport. The summer clinics are designed for those interested in trying the sport for the first time as well as for swimmers who want to improve their existing synchro skills. We are committed to building the sport in the area.
All skill levels are welcome to join us for this fun summer program.
If you are interested in swimming and competing with us, please contact the Synchronettes Club Administrator by going to the Contact Us page or via email at email@example.com.
If you are interested in coaching with us, please contact the Synchronette Head Coach, Joanne Kutzler, at 952-935-0003.