The name of the show was “Into the Abyss,” but the Walnut Creek Aquanuts were flying high, literally, at their recent annual show held at Walnut Creek’s Clarke Memorial Swim Center at Heather Farm Park.
Crowds of 600-plus on separate nights witnessed athletes transform themselves into mermaids, pirates, jellyfish, sharks, clown fish, and lobsters. The show was created over a 2-month period as coaches choreographed and customized routines based on highlights from the competitive season.
The athletes trained 4 hours a day and more to be sure they perfected their routines, all while winding down the summer and beginning their school year. In addition, hundreds of parent-volunteer hours were spent building the glittering 3-D stage (designed by Porro Grafik), re-purposing the intricate costumes, and finessing all of the administrative and on-site details involved in producing a 2-hour show.
In addition to many high level athletic and artistic performances, audiences were given a sneak peak at the future of synchronized swimming by the large group of young trainees performing for the first time.
The club was honored to host VIP guests Mayor Pro Tem Kristina Lawson, representatives from the City of Walnut Creek, as well as Myriam Glez, a former Olympian and current High Performance Director of USA Synchro.