SEA Games: Up close and personal with synchronised swimmer Nantaya Polsen

SEA Games: Up close and personal with synchronised swimmer Nantaya Polsen
Nantaya Polsen and Thanyaluck Puttisiriroj in action.

Thailand's Nantaya Polsen is pleased with her Duet Technical Performance for Synchronised Swimming.

The 26-year-old and her 28-year-old partner, Thanyaluck Puttisiriroj, clinched sixth place on Tuesday with 64.3425 points. When asked about her performance, Polsen was satisfied and said: "Good. Very good!"

Her best achievement to date was a silver medal in the 26th SEA Games 2011 in Indonesia for Duet Technical and Free Routine.

Regarding her and Puttisiriroj's training routine, Polsen said that they took three months to train for this year's SEA Games. Their make-up regime is also a complicated one; they have to apply layers of waterproof make-up to ensure that the judges can see their expressive faces throughout the performance. The intensity of the make-up allows the performers to score presentation points. However, this seemingly complex process takes only thirty minutes for Polsen and Puttisiriroj.

While most routines require less than a minute of continuous breath-holding, Polsen emphasises on the importance of her nose clip. According to her, forgetting it "could mean certain death" as nose clips are instrumental for holding their breath. But like all synchronised swimmers, Polsen keeps a spare one tucked in her swim suit, just in case!

This author of this article is a volunteer content producer with Team Nila. For more content produced by Team Nila, please head to the 28th SEA Games Social Wall.

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