Amanda Jessie Carlson first saw artistic swimming at age 8 when neighbors invited her to an annual water show by the Meraquas of Irvine. “It was so mesmerizing,” she says. “I started classes, joined the team and never stopped.” She is among hundreds of swimmers who’ve gone through the Meraquas over the past 60 years and discovered their love for the sport, where they perform a synchronized choreographed routine in the water.
The 12 and unders, MQI’s youngest swimmers, swim their routine for panels of judges at the 2021 Junior Olympic Championships. swimmers: Eva A, Sophia A, Olivia C, Celine M, Anna V, Isabelle Y
Despite a year of struggles with COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2019-2020 season, the Meraquas of Irvine has come back stronger than ever in this year’s season and competitions. Congratulations to all the girls that were able to see all their hard work pay off, and a big, hearty thank you to all the coaches, chaperones, and parents that made everything that was accomplished possible!