It would be difficult to imagine a water-based Olympic sport being performed on stage but these guys made it work and with really hilarious results.
On their homecoming variety show last 2013, Oak Grove Lutheran School proudly presented a performance from their “Men’s Synchronized Swimming Team”, and based on the quotation marks on their name, this artistic swimming team was probably just made a couple of weeks before the talent show.
Called Sync or Swim, a crafty nickname for a team of their caliber, the team eased the audience through a moving performance. Where “moving” meant moving your jaws in laughter.
Synchronized swimming, or artistic swimming, has been around for over 90 years. It started in the 1930s where, banking on the idea to combine water acrobatics and music, the students of Katherine Curtis performed in the Chicago “Century of Progress” Fair. Former Olympic swimming gold medalist Norman Ross, the announcer for the event, came up with the term “synchronized swimming”.
Since then, it has taken a form of its own, even being included as an Olympic sport in 1984. Now, the alumni and the current students of Oak Grove Lutheran School will see the sport performed on stage and without water.
It is also one of the two sports that are exclusively for females, but the Oak Grove Lutheran School’s Men’s Swimming Team, if you realized by now, has no concept of rules.
The performance opens in a blue neck-level roll of fabric. A stunning mimic of water reserved only for the most competitive synchronized swimmers this side of North Dakota. One by one, the members stepped onto the stage, welcomed by adoring crowds and Andrea Bocelli’s rendition of Con Te Partiro.
Just like any other intense performance, the synchronized swimmers warmed up to get their muscles going.
They might be synchronized swimmers but they all have their individual signature entrances before “jumping into the water”.
They started off in a simple routine, standing behind each other, as they furled their arms in delayed fashion. They even dove one after the other, in a graceful sequence that only the most experienced synchronized swimmers could do.
But nothing screams “artistic swimming than the feet-out-of-water routine and Sync or Swim did it effortlessly well in a sequence that judges can only describe as “A cross between bicycling and ridding a really wide horse.”
The routine would just become much crazier than the first and the audience is loving every bit of this hilarious feat of music and acrobatics.
They would make highly dramatic high-fives and synchronized chest bumps.
One of them even “swam” across the “water” while juggling.
And they even combined the sport of rowing and taking it to new and delicate heights of artistic rendition.
The Oak Grove Lutheran School Variety Show was made to raise funds for their food drive, by showcasing talents of their students, alumni, and faculty members. Not only is their initiative worthwhile for the community but for the audience as well who obviously had a good time.
Watch the entire routine of the school’s newly established “Men’s Synchronized Swimming Team” to find out what these people are laughing about.
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