The Shining Stars Synchro Team performs ar pyramid formation during their Olympic Synchro Show at the Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Center Complex.
Water ballerinas wear make-up, too — if it’s waterproof.
The members of Miramar’s Shining Stars Synchro Team had to look their best Friday performing at the second annual Olympic Synchro Show.
For viewers, it’s a chance to see the girls, winners at the Sunshine State Games the last three years, perform live.
As the music played — including Miami rapper Pitbull’s “Shake Senora’’ – the girls performed a variety of dances and stunts, from an underwater salsa to a 24-person pyramid that floated across the pool.
The bottom row of girls held their feet tightly against the pool’s edge, like a torpedo ready to fire. They had to stay that way, as more girls piled on, hands and shoulders touching to form the pyramid’s outline.
Then, with all 24 swimmers moving like one, the pyramid began to move. Once they made it to the other side of the pool, the top rows dropped off like cheerleaders at a pep rally.
“Just seeing all your friends, it’s a lot of fun,” 14-year-old Monica Hernandez said.
These same moves propelled the swimmers to the 2012 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming National Championships at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for the first time this year. And they are off to Jamaica in October for the international competition.
Nine-year-old Gabriela Ospina went to nationals and made it to the semifinals along with two other swimmers.
“I was nervous but excited at the same time,” Ospina said.
Locally, they are the three-time defending Mary Rose High Point award winners at the Sunshine State Games, held every summer.
The “season” lasts from September to June, but the girls, ages 5 to 15, train year-round. Heated pools get them through the winter. It is a lot of work — they practice Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for three hours — but it pays off.
“It’s like different when you finally get something right, it’s like ‘oh my gosh!” said Hernandez, who has been a team member for two years.
The Shining Stars have been practicing at the Aquatic Complex at Miramar Regional Park since 2008.
The team is lead by Coach Lorens Callejo, who was a synchronized swimmer for Puerto Rico’s national team from 1979-1984, and even competed in the 1983 Pan American games in Caracas, Venezuela.
“My dream is to try to push them to be Olympian swimmers, to do their best,” Callejo said.
The entire team is getting together Aug. 6 to watch the synchronized swimmers compete duets in this summer’s Olympic games.
After their morning show, the girls munched on lunch. They had another performance later that day. However, one of the girls wanted to swim some more.
“Please rest!” Callejo said. “You have to rest and get your lunch.”