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Coach Crystalia Crystalia started synchro in Virginia in 2008. She swam competitively for four years, and learned in her second year she had the talent for coaching, from there she began assistant coaching as well as competing. In 2014, after a serious injury, she began her own team, the Aqua Angels at the age of sixteen. Other coaches saw her talent, and that’s when she started helping the College of William and Mary’s synchro team with choreography and figures. Crystalia moved to Florida after three successful years with the Aqua Angels to continue her physical therapy education. She is excited to continue spreading her passion of the sport to a new generation of athletes through the Gainesville Gaviatas. She is also our head coach.

 

 

Intermediate Team

Marissa fell in love with synchronized swimming when she attended Mermaid Camp in 2008. From 2008 to 2013, she swam competitively for the Gainesville Gaviatas, qualifying three times and competing twice at Nationals in Ohio and California, and coaching the novice and younger swimmers during her time with Synchro Gainesville. She later swam for the Gainesville High School Swim & Dive team for four years, and was captain of the team her senior year. During her 9 years in the pool, she has come to understand the importance and impact of discipline, encouragement, sacrifice and the commitment that comes with being a member of a team. She is very excited to be back with the Gaviatas and loves coaching the intermediate swimmers.

 

 

Novice Team

Allison Sheehan coaches the Gaviatas novice team. She swam for Gainesville Gaviatas after she joined Mermaid Camp and fell in love in 2007. She was invited to join the Danscompany of Gainesville that same year and she 2008-2015. In 2011, Allison joined the Buchholz High School Dive Team. She dove for all 4 years of high school and was the captain her senior year. Allison received a position on the Indian River State College dive team and won 3rd place at the NJCAA Nationals in 2016. Allison came back in Gainesville and is now a student at the University of Florida in the ProTeach program, where she will get her bachelors and masters in Elementary Education. Allison is very excited to be back with the Gaviatas. She is excited to use her experience with dance, synchro, and diving to teach synchro to Novice swimmers.


Coach Betsy SeymourBetsy Seymour coaches the Gaviatas novice team and has 15 years of synchro coaching experience. She was a member of synchro teams in high school and in college at SUNY Geneseo. Betsy was part of the SUNY team that competed in the first National Collegiate Championship and earned All-American status, which at that time meant they had a Top 7 team routine. Her favorite things include Buffalo NY, her backyard, and her Mom's spaghetti and meatballs. Betsy enjoys inspiring kids to love math and synchronized swimming and watching girls develop confidence and love for the sport. She has 30 years of teaching experience, was most recently a gifted math teacher at Chiles Elementary School and received the 2006 Alachua County Teacher of the Year award.

 

Coach Katie MartinKatie Martin also coaches the Gaviatas novice team. Coach Katie is a teacher at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville. Coach Katie joined a swim team when she was five years old and competed in the ACC Championships for her final meet 17 years later, as a senior and four-year member of the Boston College Swim Team. Coach Katie also played water polo for six seasons on her high school and college teams.

 

 

Coach RosalynRosalyn is a high school sophomore and has been a competitive synchronized swimmer for 8 years. She has trained with Coach Becky Dyroen-Lancer and Coach Isabella Vasconcellos. Rosalyn has qualified twice for National Team Trials and has competed in JOs, US Jr. Nationals and Internationally. One of her favorite Synchro memories is attending the Mixed Duets Clinic in Panama and getting to spend time with Bill May. When Rosalyn leaves high school, she would like to travel the world.