NEW YORK - From their New Orleans auditions to the bright lights of Las Vegas to New York City, the Walnut Creek Aquanuts have continually impressed the celebrity judges of "America's Got Talent."
Walnut Creek Aquanuts Set For Next Round Of Americas Got Talent
Now the swimmers are ready to make another splash.
of the nation’s most prestigious synchronized swimming clubs will perform Tuesday, July 30,
in the hopes of ‘wowing’ viewers and advancing to the next round of the show. “America’s
Got Talent,” live from Radio City Music Hall, airs at 9/8c Tuesday on NBC, with the results show set for
Wednesday at 9/8c.
Aquanuts competing on the show are: Morgan
Boneberg, Sofia Bouzos, McKinzie Chelberg, Alyson Haylor, Sarah House, Jamie Kuchan, Suying Rothrock and Alexa
Tchekmarev. Boneberg, Chelberg, Kuchan and Tchekmarev also competed as part
of a U.S. National Team that won the silver medal at the U.S. Open in Irving,
Texas, earlier this month.
to New York) was a huge step and a huge accomplishment in this competition,”
said team captain Alyson Haylor. “Now
that we’re in New York, it’s kind of surreal that we’re going to perform for
live television in front of 15 million-plus people … it’s crazy.”
team, based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and coached by 2008 Olympian Kim Probst, has been working on a new routine
that the swimmers and coaches hope will be a performance to remember.
brand-new routine just for ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Probst said. “It’s hard to
try and find a mix – we’re trying to capture both the beauty and the athletic
side. You only get 90 seconds so we also want to pack in as much as we can.”
Haylor: “It is a very quick routine, but we’re trying to throw all of our
tricks and things we do best into 90 seconds. We don’t really breathe a lot in
the routine, which is fine because we’re trying to cram a lot in there, trick
after trick after trick to keep the judges and the audience and all of America
on the edge of their seats.”
Aquanuts have been training every day this past week in New York, working out at two
rooftop pools and in Central Park.
look at the skyline … New York is just building after building," Haylor said. "We practice at
the Holiday Inn pool about every other day, and it’s great because we practice
when the sun is going down, so we get to see the sunset. We’re
very focused, but at the same time it’s kind of hard to ignore all the buildings
and the whole city."
and teammate Sofia Bouzos also got a
chance to walk the red carpet (behind judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern) before last Wednesday’s show.
was a fun experience," Haylor said. "You
just take a picture for one person, move an inch over, take a picture for
another person, move an inch over. So you’re moving inch by inch down this
30-foot carpet just taking pictures – and then there were interviews at the
end. It was something that we never thought that we would get to do in our
said team members have been encouraged and inspired by messages received from
fans and fellow synchro swimmers.
really feels like everybody in synchro is rallying behind us,” she said. “I
think every time the girls are having a rough practice we just read them a
couple of those and then they feel like, ‘OK, we can do this.’ So that’s been
so nice and so encouraging. You would think that all of USA Synchro is on the
same club or something.”
it all comes down to Tuesday night.
so fortunate and we’re so excited to be able to have this opportunity to show
off our sport and really just entertain people – give them a great show,”
Haylor said. “We want to leave them wanting more. We want to leave them in
complete shock and say, ‘Wow, what else can they do?’ We just want to put it
all out on the table this Tuesday. We want people to know that there’s always
something different in our bag of tricks.
so excited and so fortunate that we have the great support at home from our
families, our friends, our clubs, the city. It’s a great foundation for us to
do our best here.”
vote, starting at 10:55 p.m. ET on Tuesday, go to http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote.
For more information on voting, go to http://www.aquanuts.org/content/lets-vote-aquanuts-americas-got-talent.