A solo allows a swimmer to show strength and personality in the water. It is common for the best swimmer of the country to also be the soloist. The goal is to showcase great technical strength and control, synchronization with the music, and emotion.
The duration of a solo varies in function of the age category. For seniors, a free solo lasts two minutes and 30 seconds(± 15s), and a technical solo is two minutes long (± 15s). Free solo don’t have any imposed elements, and are, well… free.
- Senior Technical Solo Required Elements (2017-2021)
Just like figures, these elements are revised and changed every four years. Each element must be performed in this particular order.
1 – Starting in a Submerged Back Pike Position with the legs perpendicular to the surface, a Thrust is executed to Vertical Position and with no loss of height one leg is lowered rapidly to a Bent Knee Position and as the vertical leg is lowered forward, the bent knee is extended to assume an Airborne Split Position and maintaining height the legs are lifted symmetrically to a Vertical Position, followed by a Vertical Descent. All movements are executed rapidly. [DD 2.7]
2 – A Dolphin is initiated, and the back continues to arch to assume a Surface Arch Position. The legs are lifted to a Vertical Position. Two Full Twists (720°) are executed, and continuing in the same direction a Continuous Spin 1080° (3 rotations) executed. [DD 3.4]
3 – Stingray – A Flamingo is executed to a Surface Flamingo Position, travelling head first. With the ballet leg maintaining its vertical position, the hips are lifted as the trunk unrolls while the bent leg moves to assume a Fishtail Position. The horizontal leg is lifted in an arc over the surface. As it passes the vertical leg which moves symmetrically, a 180° rotation is started and is completed as a Split Position is assumed. A Walkout Front is executed. [DD 3.2]
4 – Starting in a Vertical Position a Full Twist is executed followed by a Combined Spin of 1080° (3 rotations). [DD 2.7]
5 – Starting in a submerged Back Pike Position with the legs perpendicular to the surface, a Barracuda Continuous Spin 720° (2 rotations) is executed. [DD 2.3]
All elements must be performed parallel to the sides of the pool where the panels of judges are seated.