A routine is the execution of a series of skills to music. Swimmers execute both arm and leg movements within the routine. Lifts are also added to routines once swimmers have mastered the basics of synchronized swimming. Routines can be performed as a solo (1 swimmer), duet (2 swimmers), trio (3 swimmers), team (4-8 swimmers), or combo(4-10). Half of the routine score is from figures or tech routines. At a competition, the routine is performed in front of judges. The judges give a score from 1-10 in three categories: difficulty, artistic impression, and execution.
Novices can perform solos, duets, trios, and teams. During their routines, novices are required to complete 5 skills as outlined by USA artistic swimming. Novice routines require all the swimmers to be synchronized for the whole routine. Additionally, lifts are not allowed. All novice routines are 1:30 long.
Intermediates can perform solos, duets, trios, and teams. During their routines, intermediates are required to complete 5 skills as outlined by USA artistic swimming.
Once in age-group, swimmers perform free routines which means they can do anything. Although, there can only be 6 highlights (lifts) in the routine. Age-group swimmers can also compete combos
13-15 age group swimmers can no longer compete trios.
Half of their routine score comes from a technical routine. 16-19 Age group can be divided into Junior (15-18) and Senior (19+).
Masters are swimmers who are 20+ years old. They compete at a national competition once a year.
16-19 Age Group Team Routine (2019)
16-19 Age-Group Duet Routine (2019)