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Indian Lake resident enjoys 6 decades of synchronized swimming

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Jeanne Carlson poses for a photo Friday at the Hilliker Y, where she has been preparing for her 37th national synchronized swimming championships, which will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., this year. ABOVE: Ms. Carlson practices a single ballet leg technique. BELOW: A type of synchronized swimming float used to make patterns with other swimmers is demonstrated. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

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From age 12 to her current age of 76, Indian Lake area resident Jeanne Carlson has pursued a consistent passion in her life that is still a part of her regular activities today — the sport of synchronized swimming.

The dedicated swimmer can be found at the Hilliker Y’s pool several times a week, practicing the graceful moves that require much strength and agility.

As the summer progresses, she will increase her workouts and will make more frequent trips to the Dayton area to practice with her teammates from the Dayton Synchronettes, all in preparation for their participation in the U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships during October in Albuquerque, N.M.

Traveling to the U.S. championships will not be a first for Ms. Carlson, who has competed in all but one of the national synchronized swimming events since 1976. Her team also has captured at least 14 national titles and 13 second-place ones during that time.

“I don’t keep close track of our records; I just enjoy doing it,” she said. “But we were the team to knock out for quite awhile. We’ve received a number of top finishes.”

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