Synchronized swim team hopes to keep tradition alive

Cleveland Heights High School has a lot of tradition since it was built in 1901.

Through the years, a lot of groups have come and gone -- but none have lasted as long as the swim cadets, the synchronized swimming club.

It was formed in the 1940s and is still kicking.

Laina Cohen is a former Cleveland Heights High School student who was part of the club when she attended the school.

"I am an alumni of the swim cadets and I ended up pursuing it in college when I graduated, so it's very important to me," Cohen says. "This team is very important to me. It's a long tradition and all of our alumni are very proud to be a swim cadet."

Cohen is more than just a former student with fond memories, she is now the coach of the 20-girl team and is concerned about the tradition continuing.

With the passing of the Cleveland Heights school levy, the high school will be rebuilt from the ground up leaving no place for the club.

"We never want to see anything jeopardize this tradition. It's a deep passion and a deep connection between us and this organization."

The school administration is looking for a solution so this 80-year-old club can continue.

You can support them by attending there 2014 show "Fall into a Dream" from March 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights School.

Tickets are $7 for both advance sale and on performance nights.

Parking for the event is in the rear of the school. The pool entrance is in the northeast corner.


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