History of Tucson Synchro Synchronized Swimming Team
Tucson Synchro is a non-profit synchronized swimming team of girls ages 7 to 18 years of age. The team was started in 1972 by head coach Candy Kaemerer at the South Branch YMCA.
Tucson Synchro(formerly Tucson Swim Kittens) was one of about 8 teams in Tucson from 1972 through 1975/1976. Due to a large portion of the competitive season moving from summer months to the school year, Tucson Synchro became the only team in town for several years.
Our athletes started with dual meets and a City Championship in 1972 and our second year we qualified for our first Regional Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado where our 10 & Under team placed 1st in team, 2nd and 4th in duet, and 3rd and 5th in solo. Each year from 1973 through 1980, we had at least one team that placed 1st in Regionals. In 1976 through 1981 our athletes qualified for National Junior Olympic Championships as the first place team in our region which included teams from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
In 1977 our 13-15 team placed 4th and in 1979 our 15-18 team placed 4th in National Junior Olympic Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1978 our team competed in Junior National Team Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio and placed 7th in the nation.
In 1980, Tucson Synchro had their first two athletes move on to swim on the University of Arizona’s varsity synchronized swimming team. In 1981, Eileen Daily, another Tucson Synchro athlete, joined the U of A team and qualified to participate in the U.S. National team trials and was a member of the NCAA Championship team that has been inducted into the U of A Hall of Fame.
In 2004, Alison Bartosik, a synchro swimmer who got her start with Tucson Synchro, represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece where she won a bronze medal in both duet and team. In 2009, Ayla Stallworth, one of our athletes, was named to the 12 & Under National Team. In 2012 she was on the 13-15 National Team that won the gold medal in the UANA (international) competition in Cali, Columbia.
Tucson Synchro has been successful in state, region, zone, and national competitions for over 40 years. Tucson Synchro’s program has encouraged many young girls in a sport that promotes self-discipline, good self-esteem, team work, and health for a life time.
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