Mixed duets have been around for quite some time in small local and international competitions, but have finally appeared on the big international stage at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Mixed duets have brought a new dimension to the sport, allowing swimmers to be partners and create a male/female connection, rather than simply swimming alongside each other. The durations of mixed duets are the same as women’s duets.
- Technical Mixed Duet Required Elements (2017-2021)
1 – From Front Pike Position the legs are lifted to Vertical Position as a rotation of 360° is executed. [DD 1.5]
2 – Ballet leg Sequence: A Ballet Leg is assumed followed by a rapid exchange to assume the opposite Ballet Leg as the vertical leg is lowered straight to horizontal. The horizontal leg is bent to assume a Surface Flamingo Position. The bent leg is straightened to a Ballet Leg Double Position. Maintaining the Ballet Leg Double Position a rotation of 360° is executed. Travelling head first until the Ballet Leg Double Position is assumed. [DD 2.5]
3 – From a Submerged Back Pike Position with the legs perpendicular to the surface, a Barracuda Twirl is executed. [DD 2.4]
4 – From a Knight Position, maintaining the vertical alignment of the body, the horizontal leg is moved in a 180° arc at the surface of the water to assume a Fishtail Position. Maintaining the angle between the legs, the horizontal leg moves to vertical as the vertical leg simultaneously continues its arc to the surface to assume a Knight Position. The vertical leg is lowered to assumed a Surface Arch Position, with continuous motion a surface arch to back layout finish action is executed. [DD 2.2]
5 – From a Front Pike Position the leg are lifted to Vertical Position. A Full Twist is executed as one leg is lowered to a Bent Knee Vertical Position, followed by a Continuous Spin of 720° (2 rotations) as the bent knee is joined to a Vertical Position. [DD 2.3]
The routine must also contain one lift, throw or jump which can be placed anywhere.
Additionally, the routine must contain at least one connected action, which can also be placed anywhere.
The required elements 1 – 5 must be performed simultaneously and facing the same direction.
All elements must be performed parallel to the sides of the pool where the panels of judges are seated.