The duo of Riley Cooper, 12, and Alice Dangel, 11, placed third at the Florida Regional Synchronized Swimming Championship Competition. Both swimmers are now headed to Junior Olympics competition in Oxford, Ohio next month. This year was the first year swimmers of the Synchro Sirens, an Upper Keys club based at Founders Park, were eligible to qualify for a national competition.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these two. They have worked so hard both in and out of practice,” said Synchro Sirens head coach Isla Crawford. The Synchro Sirens will perform their duet, titled “It Takes Two.” 

Crawford said the Junior Olympic competition is the largest and most competitive national synchro competition in the country. The competition will run an entire week at Miami University in Ohio, starting Saturday, June 23. 

The local synchronized swimming club currently has four novice, one intermediate, and four age-group swimmers on the team. In the inset photo, Riley Cooper is pictured at left, and Alice Dangel is on the right.


There is a synchronized swimming camp for children ages 6 to 14 at Founders Park in Islamorada this summer. The sessions are June 11–15, June 18–22; July 16–20, July 17–21. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the final day, swimmers wear their very own custom designed and decorated suit, and perform their routine for family and friends. Contact Coach Isla Crawford at 856-473-4752 to pre-register.  $150/week.

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