The team competition is one of the two Olympic events, and is undoubtedly the crowd’s favorite. Team routines are swam by eight swimmers and allow to showcase high throws, rapidity of movement and technical difficulty.
- Senior Technical Team Required Elements (2017-2021)
Just like solos and duets, all swimmers in a technical team routine must execute a certain number of elements in a particular order.
1 – Starting in a submerged Back Pike Position with the legs perpendicular to the surface, a Thrust is executed to a Vertical Position and with no loss of height one leg is lowered to a Bent Knee Vertical Position. A rapid 360° Spin is executed as the bent knee is extended to a Vertical Position. [DD 2.5]
2 – From Vertical Position, a Full Twist is executed, followed by a Continuous Spin 1440° (4 rotations). [DD 2.2]
3 – A Cyclone is executed to a Vertical Position, the legs are symmetrically lowered to a Split Position. A Walkover Front is executed. [DD 2.6]
4 – Manta Ray Hybrid: 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 with the knee at the surface to assume a Fishtail Position. The horizontal leg is lifted rapidly to a Vertical Position, with the horizontal leg leading toward the vertical leg, as the body rotates 180°. The legs are lowered rapidly simultaneously to a Bent Knee Arch Position. The bent knee is straightened to a Surface Arch Position and with continuous motion, an Arch to Back Layout Finish Action is executed. [DD 3.1]
5 – From a Submerged Back Pike Position, with the legs perpendicular to the surface, a Barracuda Airborne Split is executed. [DD 2.5]
Additionally, the routine must contain two acrobatic movements: one using all team members, and another with two simultaneous acrobatic movements, with each acrobatic movement performed simultaneously with identical movements facing the same direction. These can be placed anywhere in the routine.
The routine must also contain a Cadence Action with either arms, legs, or both. This may be placed anywhere in the routine.
Finally, at least one circle and at least one straight line must be included in the routine.
With exception of the deck work, entry, the Acrobatic Movements and the Cadence Action, all elements must be performed simultaneously and facing the same direction by all team members. Mirror actions are not permitted with the exception of the circle.