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Hurst boys' 'synchronized swimming' routine goes viral

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Synchronized swimming onstage by fifth grade boys – it’s an amusing sight that's gone viral, shared online more than 130,000 times.

No water is needed. The boys can kick, flutter and dive on cue onstage.

Boys Grayson, Mason, Jack, Trent, Matthew and Drew are better known as the Porter Elementary synchronized swimmers.

Mason's mom came up with the idea for their school talent show last summer after watching a similar skit on YouTube, but they had to start from scratch.

“They had no experience with what synchronized swimming was, so we had to show them…they had to understand it was a serious sport, and they couldn't just get up here and act like goofballs,” said Mason’s mom, Jennifer Mallory.

The boys started rehearsing over spring break, and getting eight 10 and 11-year-old boys to take direction and learn choreography took more than a little time and patience.

“There were a few practices I was ready to throw in the towel, but we persevered,” said Nathalie Hembree, who choreographed the skit.

Each boy had his own challenge.

“For me, it was putting our feet up, because I don't have very great balance,” said Grayson Lippies.

The boys really got into character, donning swim caps, goggles and bathing suits.

If that wasn't enough, the boys even painted their finger and toenails.

On April 11, they kept their straight faces on stage while their moms were laughing and cheering in the audience.

“I thought, ‘This is so silly; I'm kind of tearing up watching these silly little boys that I love do a silly little talent show,’” said Jennifer.

But that silly little skit has been seen by thousands of people, including many far from Hurst.

Eventually they'll do different activities and not all be in the same thing,” said Nathalie. “I just hope they are friends for years and years to come.”

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