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Story last updated at 3:51 PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trio competes in national synchronized competition

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


Photo by Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Katherine Dolma, Zoe Story and Adi Davis smile after their demonstration at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center last Saturday. The three 15-year-olds compete against 16- and 17-year-olds at the 2011 eSynchro United States Age Group Championship meet in Washington state this week.

Adi Davis, Katherine Dolma and Zoe Story, also known as the Synchro Sea Stars, began their first national competition yesterday in Federal Way, Wash.

The Sea Stars started synchronized swimming together when they were seven years old. Now 15, the girls are competing in the 16-17 trio division at the 2011 eSynchro United States Age Group Championships.

The eSynchro meet, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Association of Synchronized Swimming, is the world's largest synchronized swimming meet, bringing nearly 1,000 athletes between the ages of 11 and 19 to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center for nine days of competition.

Finals for the 16-17 age group will be held Saturday.

In Homer last Saturday, the Sea Stars presented synchronized swimming techniques and a sneak peak of the routine they performed yesterday at the big competition. They demonstrated figures and creative forms, the two components of a synchronized swimming score, which is determined by a panel of judges.

Before the Sea Stars performed their routine, 12-year-old Annali Metz showed the skills she learned last Wednesday at a workshop with the Sea Stars.

Wearing sparkling swim suits and gelatin in their hair, the trio performed to music composed by their peer Emmet Meyer. Sea Stars Coach Brenda Dolma asked Meyer to finish the untitled piece for the team after she heard him play the first 18 measures during piano lessons. The music was originally based on a dream he had about jumping between helicopters.

When asked what he thought of the girls' work with his composition, Meyer simply smiled and applauded.

Lindsay Johnson may be reached at lindsay.johnson@homernews.com.