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June 19, 2014

Optima Synchro pair make elite national team

Optima Synchro members Caitlin Klauer and Lindi Schroeder, both of Andover, recently attended the final phase of Synchronized Swimming National Team Trials and successfully earned a spot on the 13-15 Age Group National Team.

The event, held in Stanford, Calif., from May 23 to 26, featured the top synchronized swimmers in the U.S. competing for one of 12 coveted spots on the elite team. Team leaders say there is fierce competition at this age level, but both Klauer and Schroeder achieved success due to what their coach Svetlana Malinovskaya says is immense dedication, skill and commitment.

This is the second National Team appointment for Klauer and the third for Schroeder. The girls will spend most of the summer in Riverside, Calif., training under Malinovskaya, who also coaches the National Team, and Heather Carasco.

They will then compete at the prestigious Pan American Championships representing Team USA on Aug. 12.

Before the girls head off to National Team training, they will compete with home club Optima Synchro and 23 of their teammates at the National Age Group Championships in Seattle at the end of the month. This is the largest age group championship in the world and Optima Synchro is looking forward to many high-level performances by its swimmers at this event.

For more about Optima Synchro, contact coach Malinovskaya at optimasynchro@gmail.com.

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