It is for the first time/ever/that National Cup in so called `synchronous swimming' was held on October 20 through 21 in Tbilisi.
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Background: It is for the first time/ever/that National Cup in so called `synchronous swimming' was held on October 20 through 21 in Tbilisi. This signals the growing popularity of this sport in the Soviet Union.
According to last year's statistics there were 80 girls in this country all in all engaged in the sport. Today there are 480 enthusiasts. Synchronous swimming became an official sport when the USSR Swimming Federation passed the decision in 1978. Before that fancy swimming groups existed in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Tbilisi. Whilst fancy swimming compositions are performed on the surface of the water, in synchronous swimming all the elements are either started or completed under water thus giving the swimmer a chance to fully reveal her abilities to move.
The Cup was held in a new aquatic centre with 43 girls aged on the average 16 members of six teams from Moscow, Leningrad and Tbilisi.
After obligatory exercises of six highest grade difficulty routines three Muscovites Yelena Frolova, Tatiana Haitser and Yelena Savetnikova were at the top. They also scored high marks in their voluntary programme and stayed at the head.
In the part and group exercises Muscovites were the winners thus becoming the first USSR Cup holders in this sport.