Hamden Artistic Swimming Team Goes to the Junior Olympics
Pool time supported by Community Foundation Small Grant.
A local girls artistic swimming team competed in the national Junior Olympics last year with the help of a small grant from The Community Foundation.
The Hamden Heronettes are a small team that typically practices in the Hamden High School pool. When the school district closed the pool to outside groups in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heronettes had to find a temporary new home.
A small grant from The Community Foundation covered the cost of renting pool time at the Wallingford YMCA for the school year. Despite reduced practice time, the 13-15 age group qualified for the 2021 Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs. The team placed 18th in the country.
Formerly known as synchronized swimming, artistic swimming combines grace, stamina, strength and artistic performance. In addition to sending the 13-15 age group to the Junior Olympics, the team welcomed 20 new members. The rented pool space also gave seniors on the team the opportunity to participate during their last year of high school.
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