Eileen Hartig, currently an Occupational therapist for St Joseph's hospital and Tucson Unified School District, began competing in synchronized swimming in the 5th grade. Taking time off in between, she re-entered the sport in high school. A founding member of the Tucson Sun Rays, Eileen competed as a swimmer from 1984 through 1989.
She continued in synchronized swimming for two years while attending the University of Arizona. As a member of the U of A Synchronized Swimming Club team, she and her teammates earned 4th place at the Intercollegiate Championships. After graduation, she returned synchronized swimming, competing at the Masters level for another two years.
Eileen loves that synchronized swimming teaches you how to control your body and stay in shape. The opportunity to work with others and be part of a close knit team has continued her connection to the sport through coaching swimmers and participating as a as judge for the figures portion of the synchronized swimming competitions. The sport also provides a creative outlet for her through choreographing the girls’ routines and creating team costumes.
Recently, Eileen has re-entered competitive synchronized swimming. She participated in the Masters synchronized swimming competitions and won 2nd at the USA national masters meet and USA masters games for trio in 2016-2017 season.