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'As you can imagine, regular practice of synchronized swimming is a great way to maintain health and strength - and a great way to meet active and fun women! We have many members who have had arthritis, joint replacements, and other health challenges - and they stay active with the Aquadettes.' -- Leisure World

Some are in their early 60s and have only been participating for a few years. Others have been members since the 80s and are still at it even though they are well into their 80s. Once in a while, there is one that turns 90 and is rewarded with her own solo. Some areFlyersbecause they are small and some are Pushers because they are strong. Some are part of the Base because they are adept with the Egg Beater kick. All of them wear nose clips and swim caps. In past performances, they've dressed like bumble bees, cowgirls and large pieces of fruit. According to their website, "Sequines are meant to enhance the performance." For their finale, they'll swim to California Girls by the Beach Boys. Their names are Beverly, Margo, Nancy, Margaret, Joan, Judy, Dottie, Aldana, Joyce and Bess. Every year, they practice together, they make costumes together, they swim together, and at the end, they perform together. A 45-year ritual that began in a place appropriately called Leisure World. Deep in the heart of Orange County, California, the ladies of the Aquadettes are training harder than ever.

Click HERE to Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari's accompanying multimedia film.

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