Sync and swim

Te Puke Times - - SCHOOLS -

news@tepuke­times.co.nz first time, tak­ing sec­ond to Zyleika in the solo. With Zyleika she won the 13-15 duet, and was sec­ond in the 13-15 team.

Still el­i­gi­ble to com­pete as a ju­nior, she won the ju­nior tech solo and free solo ti­tles and was part of the se­nior team that won the free team ti­tle and the open free combo.

Kar­lina got into syn­chro­nised swim­ming after her mum, Kylee, saw an ar­ti­cle in a news­pa­per. Having done gym­nas­tics, Kar­lina liked the idea.

They laugh now when they say they thought it would be fun and they wouldn’t have to drive to Bay­wave a lot.

Kar­lina trains four times a week — up to 31⁄ hours per train­ing ses­sions.

“Once I get into train­ing I have to switch off ev­ery­thing — for­get about school, for­get about ev­ery­thing else and just fo­cus on the train­ing.”

Away from the pool she gets to the gym as of­ten as she can and has to go through each rou­tine to learn it.

“Last year I only had two rou­tines, but this year I’ve got eight — and that’s a lot to re­mem­ber for a 14-year-old girl,” she says. The rou­tines are all writ­ten down. “Most of them are about five min­utes long and I have to go through ev­ery sin­gle count. We have land drills, out of the wa­ter, too, to get the syn­chro­ni­sa­tion.”

The re­cent trip to the US was as much about learn­ing from oth­ers as it was about com­pet­ing with many Olympic syn­chro swim­mers at the event.

Kar­lina is a vir­tual shoe-in for the New Zealand team to com­pete in in­ter­na­tional events in Ar­gentina and Brazil last in the year, and she hopes that will lead to a place in the New Zealand team that will at­tempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Ja­pan.

Also com­ing later in the year are the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber.

Syn­chro swim­mer and Te Puke High School stu­dent Kar­lina Steiner.

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