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April 19, 2013

Nation's largest synchronized swim team to perform in Andover on Saturday

ANDOVER — Imagine holding your breath and running. Now imagine holding your breath and running upside down and under water. The endurance required of a synchronized swimmer is often compared to that of a marathon runner. This gives you a little feel for synchronized swimming and for the excitement of an ANA Synchro show.

ANA Synchro, the Andover/North Andover YMCA’s synchronized swim team will perform its 38th annual show which will be held at the Andover/N. Andover YMCA on Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. This event will feature 85 members of this nationally ranked team, including two ANA Synchro swimmers who are also U.S. National Team members.

ANA Synchro athletes will be outfitted in custom-made swimsuits and will swim routines actually designed specifically for them by Olympic level choreographers. Closing out the ANA show is a breathtaking candle routine, done entirely in the dark. The ANA Synchro spends much of the time on the road competing and training, traveling as far as Los Angeles, Arizona, and to the well known, Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Tickets are available at the Andover/North Andover YMCA. Prices range from $9 to $14. Be sure to buy your tickets early as all of last year’s performances were sold out. Please call 978-685-3541 for more information.

WBZ’s Dan Rocheat charity gala

ANDOVER — The Service Club of Andover’s Annual Charity Gala and Auction will feature WBZ-TV sports anchor and celebrity Dan Roche. The Emmy award winning Roche will bring his two decades of Boston sports coverage to entertain at the Club’s annual fundraising event that supports the organization’s significant work in the area of youth and adults with developmental disabilities and other youth programming.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. This year’s auction will again be highlighted with the presentation of the “Make a Difference Award” presented to an individual or group that has made a major impact in the areas of the Club’s mission. This year’s recipient is the Merrimack Valley YMCA. For further auction and ticket information, please visit www.serviceclubofandover.org.

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