Steve Anderson

As synchronized swimmers for the past 20 years, Tamar ’08, right, and Philicia Saunders ’10 have worked at honing the sport’s extreme demands: intense physical exertion paired with the grace of a ballerina, an unflappable smile paired with deep breathing after long periods underwater. As children, the sisters joined the first African American “synchro” team in 1997, and today they practice about six hours a week as a part of The Unsyncables of La Mirada team in Los Angeles.