By Jonathan & Philip
Aquatic is a combination of 4 sports, Diving, Water polo, Synchronized- swimming, and Swimming.
Synchronized swimming is for women only. It is like dancing in the water. In order for the swimmer to stay underwater they have to put a clip on their nose. The women complete as a pair or as part of a team. There are speakers in the the water so the swimmers can hear the music better.
Diving has several events. There is 10m platform diving for men and women, 3m springboard diving for men and women, and Synchronised diving for men and women from both the 10m platform and 3m springboard. Divers do many different kinds of dives. The synchronised diving is done by two divers at a time. Judges score the dives and the diver with the best score wins.
Water Polo is like handball in the water. There are six players on each side and one goal keeper. They are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool at any time. The offense has 35 seconds to score a goal. If they are not successful the defense will get the ball. There are 4 quarters in a game, each are seven minutes long. The winner is the team that scores the most goals.
In the Olympics Swimming has 26 individual events and six relay or team events for both men and women. They take place in a 50 meter pool. There is backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, and individual medley for men and women in different distances. The relays are the freestyle and the medley. In the 1972 Olympics US swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals.
Swimming was one of the sports at the first modern Olympic games in 1896. Water polo was included in 1900, Diving in 1904, and Synchronised swimming was added in 1984.
This page was last edited December 02, 2005.
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