US Performance Academy has been chosen by U.S. Synchronized Swimming as an exclusive education option for its young student athletes. The two entities have formed an official partnership in order to provide a unique opportunity for middle and high school student athletes.
Myriam Glez, USA Synchro CEO/High Performance Director, says, “USA Synchro is very excited to start a partnership with US Performance Academy. For the last year, one of our top athletes, Anita Alvarez, has studied through USPA and has had a very positive experience. We are now happy to be able to offer this opportunity to other athletes. This program provides the flexibility that synchronized swimmers need for their training. We look forward to having more athletes use USPA.”
US Performance Academy student Anita Alvarez has been selected as part of the U.S. Olympic Qualification Duet for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As a competitive athlete, Anita has been training almost 40 hours a week for the past year. Alvarez finished sixth at the French Open in March. She also competed at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in July, finishing 11th in duet free and 12th in duet tech. Alvarez and her team won gold at the 2015 U.S. Open, gold at the 2015 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships, and bronze at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
With all of the competition, training, and travel with U.S. Synchronized Swimming, Anita has not been able to attend a traditional high school. She and her family found US Performance Academy to be a great fit. USPA is a digital, independent middle and high school designed for competitive athletes. Anita’s academic schedule is customized to fit her training schedule. Her teachers, learning coach, and college counselor all work together to ensure she is receiving a rigorous education that fits into her unique schedule.
“We are lucky to have a future Olympian as part of our student body,” says Peter Smith, USPA President. “And we are happy to be partnering with a unique and challenging athletic entity in U.S. Synchronized Swimming. Whether it’s a more flexible academic schedule to support their goals in the pool, or an individualized learning plan created around their travel, we are really excited for this partnership launch.”
More about USA Synchro:
USA Synchro was established as a nonprofit organization in 1977, and is the United States national governing body for the sport, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federal Internationale de Natation Amateur) – the international governing federation. USA Synchro organizes, participates in, and promotes a variety of competitive events each year. These events begin at the local level and continue in the following categories: Age Group (12-19), Junior (15-18), Senior and Masters (20+). For more information, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming, facebook.com/usasynchro and @usasynchro.