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Intermediate Team

 

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.

 

Novice Team

 

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 Annie DowneyAnnie Downey is a senior at St. Francis Catholic Academy and has been a competitive synchronized swimmer for 9 years. In 2015, she received the Athlete of the Year award from the NW Association and the 2015 Florida Regional Individual High Point Award. When Annie grows up, she would like to be an occupational therapist or Spiderman. She has an awesome rapport with young swimmers and enjoys inspiring them to love this amazing sport. Some of Annie’s favorite things are Seattle and studying U.S. History.