Tucson Syncho Head Coach
Candy Kaemerer graduated Cum Laude from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in where she competed in swimming, field hockey, basketball and softball and was a member of the Girls’ Athletic Association. She started her college career at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to the University of Arizona where she earned a B.S. in Education. While at the U of A, Candy was a member of intramural sports and the Synchronized Swimming Club.
In 1972 Candy founded Tucson Synchro (formerly the Tucson Swim Kittens), a competitive synchronized swimming team. As the volunteer head coach for more than 40 years, her girls competitive teams have placed in regional competitions every year since 1973. Her swimmers have qualified for the National Synchronized Swimming Championships every year except for one since 1989. Candy has sparked the synchronized swimming careers in many of her athletes, one of whom even went on to win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Barcelona. When not coaching her girls during the competitive season, she offers fall and summer synchronized swimming training camps.
Candy was named Synchronized Swimming Coach of the Year in 1991. In 2003 she was recognized by the City of Tucson for her 30 years of leadership and dedication to the sport of synchronized swimming, and in 2006 she was inducted into the Pima County Sports hall of fame.
Candy’s life-long devotion to synchronized swimming is a result of its combination of two things she loves – swimming and music. She is passionate about advancing the status of synchronized swimming to a point where the media view it as a serious sport. Candy admires and draws inspiration from Dawn Bean, an early synchronized swimmer who has contributed so much to synchronized swimming over the years, including advocating to add the Team event for Synchronized Swimming to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, CA.
Besides coaching, Candy is involved in the sport as a Level 4 USSS official in synchronized swimming and a stroke and turn judge with SoAZAA (swimming, as well as a high school stroke and diving judge. She has also served as the Women’s Program Director for the Tucson Athletic Club for 11 years and the Women’s Aquatic Director for the South Branch of the Tucson YMCA.
When not participating in a synchronized swimming event, Candy sings in her church choir and occasionally volunteers to help her husband (who is a track official) at track meets.