The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Although men have been allowed to compete in the US since the 1970s, the UK's Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) only changed its rules after Fina's decision last year - and it went a step further, allowing mixed combination teams too. Common joint injuries include the rotator cuff and the knees. Directed by Oliver Parker. In these tests, the swimmer must be able to perform the required movements for the level. Many swim clubs were formed around that time, and the sport simultaneously developed in Canada. By this time the fantastically popular "aqua-musicals" that Esther Williams went on to make for MGM after her days in Billy Rose's pageant were fixing the idea that it was a feminine activity - girls in sequined outfits making pretty patterns in the water. Earlier this year, he and Virginie Dedieu went on a short tour of French swimming clubs with their duet. Some swimmers wear ear-plugs to keep the water out of their ears. The Canadian University Artistic Swimming League (CUASL) is intended for Canadian Swimmers who wish to continue their participation in the sport during their university studies, as well as offering a "Novice" category for those new to the sport. A decision on inclusion would have to take place at least three years before a Games, and it would follow a thorough assessment of the event, including a survey of its popularity around the world. "This is my sport and I've loved it all these years, but a mixed duet is so much more interesting to watch than a two-girl duet. When Kay Curtis, the woman who first set movements in the water to music, helped write a rulebook for the sport in 1940, the first rule stated: "Competitors may be men or women or both.". Unfortunately, they never did.". Commonly used sculls include support scull, stationary scull, propeller scull, alligator scull, torpedo scull, split scull, barrel scull, spinning scull and paddle scull. , Others believe the incidence of concussions among synchronized swimmers is much higher, especially among the sport's elite athletes. The IOC says that it will only consider adopting male synchronised swimming after a formal request from Fina - and no such request has ever been made. A standard meet begins with the swimmers doing "figures", which are progressions between positions performed individually without music. "It might be minor, might be more serious, but at some point or another, they will get hit.". In addition to these groups, younger swimmers may be divided by ability into 3 levels: Novice, Intermediate, and Junior Olympic. Traditionally, the top teams hail from McGill University, Queens University and the University of Ottawa. Celebrations all around It was a success. Since this is the first such competition at this level, no-one really knows what the judges will be looking for. The first recorded competition was in 1891 in Berlin, Germany. Artistic swimming is governed internationally by FINA, and has been part of the Summer Olympics programme since 1984. Video'This is War': Polandâs battle for abortion. At a test event in Rome last month, in which Maltsev and his partner Darina Valitova took gold for a technical routine, jaws dropped at the pair's first figure, in which the 18-year-old Valitova powerfully lifted Maltsev clear of the water. There are also the Wildrose age group. They didn't want me to swim to Swan Lake, you know?". It is a form of treading water that allows for stability and height above the water while leaving the hands free to perform arm motions. The technical routine acts as a replacement for the figure event. Support scull is performed by holding the upper arms against the sides of the body and the fore arms at 90-degree angles to the body, with hands facing the bottom of the pool. At the turn of the 20th century, synchronised swimming was known as water ballet. Men appear in synchronized swimming only as a joke, such as in the popular Saturday Night Live sketch from 1984 which features actors Martin Short and Harry Shearer in lifejackets, bathing caps, and nose plugs performing an obviously ridiculous routine. Bill May and Lum Underwood are also likely to bring something dramatic - US team coach Myriam Glez has described their routine as "intense and powerful". "Literally a week later, I got all these phone calls from coaches from these clubs, telling me, 'We had four boys that signed up since you came.'. I have taken part in meets non-competitively, because we didn't have an official category, but the audience reception was always warm.". Since 2007, seven World championship titles are at stake. Training and performance swimwear. There are many levels of competition, including but not limited to: State, Regional, Zone, Junior Olympic, and US Junior and Senior Opens. There is also a skill level which is 13–15 and juniors (16–18) known as national stream, as well as competition at the Masters and University levels.