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It was sync or swim when Chris Carver, coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming team, asked Las Lomas High junior Molly Knight (pictured) to design suits for America’s best.

But he shouldn’t have worried too much. The 16-year-old Walnut Creek Aquanaut has been synchronized swimming since age six and designed her first suit at age 10.

"I design suits for fun for routines at the [Aquanauts] club," says Molly. "Doing art at [Las Lomas] helps me with design."

For the Olympic suits, Molly drew her inspiration from the team’s music selection, "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice." "The uniforms must match the music—and coach Carver said she didn’t want a Disney version," says Molly. Ultimately Carver chose two of Molly’s designs—a big spider and two scary eyes—to combine with ideas from another designer.

Molly experienced her moment of glory watching the team perform on television. "I saw the spider and the eyes on the suits, and I was like, ‘Yes!’ " The U.S. synchro team scared up the bronze medal.

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