This program prepares committed young athletes and their families for success in our elite, Competitive Program. It serves as a transition year where athletes and families become acclimated to the Santa Clara Aquamaids’ training schedule, policies, procedures and mission.

This program focuses on basic synchro skills such as sculling, tucks, pikes and verticals.  In it, participants learn the importance of terms like “grab,” “streamline,” “extension,” “alignment,” “posture,” and “musicality.” When the young athletes have control over basic skills, they will be putting these skills together into short routine and practice on team coordination. In addition, participants work on flexibility, extension and body awareness in a weekly ballet lesson lead by experienced ballet teacher.

Program Details

  • Swimmers age 5-8, exceptions may be made for skilled older swimmers.
  • There are 4 practices per week. One of these days is a specially designed ballet class and will be held at a ballet studio.
  •  Participant families are members of the Santa Clara Aquamaids and are asked to participate in our fundraising activities and volunteer at club events and meets.
  • The Pre Comp Program trains primarily at our San Jose pool at John Muir Middle School, however, this may change due to COVID-19 pool availability.
  • The Pre Comp Program will participate in two meets at the end of training season in June and July (currently one local meet and State Games in San Diego). This allows the participants to experience a complete synchro meet and the excitement of being part of a team. Travel to State Games is supported by the Aquamaids.

Upcoming Events

Recent Achievements

May, 2019
2019 Region B Championships

Our athletes keep their spirits up during a rainy Region B weekend and scored big at the Region B Championships!

10 and under

Team: Our two 10U team won Gold and Silver!

Duet: Samantha and Jaclyn won Gold and Nira and Ellie won Silver!

Solo: Samantha won silver and Ellie took 4th place.

Age Group 10 and Under - Age Group 11-12 - Age Group 13-15
April, 2019
Classic Invitational 2019

Our 11-12 teams participated in Classic Invitation in Tacoma, WA at the end April and came home with medals in all events they participated in!

Team: Gold for A-team and Bronze for B-team

Duet: Gold for Hannah & Isa

Solo: Silver for Olivia

Figures (top 8): 1st place Isa, 2nd place Hannah, 3rd place Ayla, 7th place Olivia

Age Group 11-12
April, 2019
2019 US 13-15 & Junior National Championships

At US 13-15 & Junior National Championships, SCA competed with in 13-15 with two teams, two combo teams, 4 duets and 4 solos, the junior team competed with one team, one combo, three duets and two solo. In 13-15 Aquamaids won Team High Point Award and their coaches Heather Carrasco, Patti Andresen and Ou Liu won 13-15 Coach of the Year Award. In 13-15 age group, Riley Morgan won the Athlete High Point Award, and in the Junior age group, Chiara Steele won Athlete High Point Award. Congratulations!

Age Group 13-15 - Juniors
April, 2019
Intermediate Championship

The Aquamaids returned to Seaside for the Intermediate Championships. This time our Novice and Intermediate swimmers along with the Age group 10 and Under from the Competitive Program participated. Congratulations to you all!



Trio: 1st place Isobel, Lexi and Allison

Duet: 2nd place for Isobel and Allison

Solo: 3rd place Lexi

Figure: 3rd place Isobel, 5th place Allison, 7th place Lexi

Age Group 10 and Under - Novice/Intermediate
Febuary, 2019
West Zone Championships
SCA team cheering on SCA team
Photo Credit: Alison Morgan

In West Zone Championships, the Aquamaids competes with teams from five states. This is a qualifying competition in order to participate at the USA Juniors and 13-15 National Championships. Aquamaids participated with athletes in all event for Juniors and team, duet and solo for the 13-15 age group.


Team: 1st place and qualifying for USA Junior National Championships.

Combo: 1st place and qualifying for USA Junior National Championships.

Age Group 13-15 - Juniors
Feb, 2019
Seaside Routine Invitational

Seaside Routine Invitational is the first meet of year where our swimmers can show off the routines they have been working hard on. It is also a chance to try out how the routine works in a meet and what needs to be improved over the season. Congratulations to all our swimmers to your achievement. We can’t wait to see how you will do the rest of the season!


Solo: First place to Lexi

Team: First and Third place to our newest swimmers!
Duet: First place to Alyssa and Mailey.
Solo: First place to Mailey, Second place to Jessica

Age Group 11-12 - Novice/Intermediate