Synchro at the Y!
Founded by Coach Lorraine Valerino in August 1984, the LYF Flamingos compete on the local, state, US South Zone and national levels. Anna Whitman has served the team as a volunteer assistant for more than 20 years. Former Flamingo Kenny Gaudet was named to the USA Artistic Swimming National Team program and represented the United States in December in the first-ever Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia.
The Flamingo program includes a novice beginner level, competitive Junior Olympic age group program and an adult masters program.
Contact Lorraine at (863) 644-3528 for more information.
Flamingos successful in January synchro swim competitions:
Orlando -- Congratulations to members of the Lakeland YMCA Flamingo Synchro Swim Team who have placed in two January artistic swimming meets. Most recently, Zoey Waters won the silver medal in the 13-15 intermediate solo event -- swimming to "Ophelia" from the Lumineers -- during the Mary Rose Memorial Artistic Swimming Invitational at the Rosen Aquatic Center in Orlando. Waters also won sixth place in the 13-15 intermediate figures event. Swimmers from throughout Florida competed in the two-day event in novice, intermediate and Junior Olympic events, braving temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
Teammates Mallorie Chason, Audrey Frey, Chi Pham and Thi Pham won a silver medal in the 18-19 Junior Olympic free team event and the bronze medal in the 18-19 Junior Olympic tech team event. In addition, Audrey Frey and Chi Pham placed in the 18-19 Junior Olympic free duet event -- swimming to music from "LaLa Land." Mallorie Chason placed seventh in 13-15 Junior Olympic solo division. Flamingos Ella Jones, Vy-An Pham and Zoey Waters placed fifth in the 13-15 Junior Olympic division.
Earlier in January, the LYF Flamingos were host team for the 2022 "Jump on In" Novice Invitational Figure Meet and Clinic at the Lakeland YMCA that welcomed athletes from the Clearwater, Tampa, Land O'Lakes, Orlando and Lakeland. Aanika Mital, an athlete in LYF's Aqua Chick novice program placed eighth in the 9-10 figure division and Amelia Bilby placed 3rd in the 7-8 year-old division.