If the Walnut Creek-based "Aquanuts" win the $1 million prize on “America’s Got Talent,” the synchronized swim team vows it will use the money toward – what else? – a new pool.
Head Coach Kim Probst said on the team’s website that the pool the team currently uses has “basically run its course.” The pool hasn't undergone any major renovations in a long time, and the city has told the club over the course of several yeras that there is no extra money to upgrade it.
On July 11, "America's Got Talent" judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Nick Cannon, Spice Girl, Mel B and Heidi Klum gave the Aquanuts the nod to advance to Tuesday night's round at 9 p.m. in New York City. There are about 50 contestant groups the team will need to beat to claim the big prize.
The 45-year-old club is known for teaching athletes to swim and dance using props and costumes – even high heels – without ever touching the bottom of the pool.
The eight members of the Aquanuts range in age from 16 to 19 years old, and come from all over the world to train. The team has trained more than 30 Olympians and several performers in the Circque du Soleil’s "O."
The Aquanuts competing on the show are Morgan Boneberg, Sofia Bouzos, McKinzie Chelberg, Alyson Haylor, Sarah House, Jamie Kuchan, Suying Rothrock and Alexa Tchekmarev. The team is hoping you’ll vote for the Aquanuts, which you can do, by following this link: http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote/
Watch the Aquanuts' July appearance on "America's Got Talent:"