INDIANAPOLIS – Nathalie Schneyder Bartleson, who won gold as a member of the
1996 U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming team, has been selected for induction into
the International Swimming Hall of Fame next year.
Bartleson was a seven-time United States Synchronized Swimming All-American and a nine-year member of the U.S. national team. She helped lead the U.S. to gold medals at numerous
competitions, including the World Championships (1991, 1994); FINA World Cup (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995); U.S. Nationals (1992); and Pan Pacific Championships (1991). Bartleson also won a solo bronze at the 1995 U.S. Nationals and silver as part of a duet at the 1993 China Open.
Bartleson said she was taken by surprise by the announcement. She was happy to see her former teammate Jill Sudduth Smith be inducted in May, "but I didn't think about something like this for myself. It was completely unexpected. I had a big smile across my face when I heard about it.
"You kind of forget about the glory days, so it feels great to be acknowledged," she said.
"It takes many great individuals to make a great team, and I look forward to all of my
teammates being acknowledged as well."
Since retiring from the sport after the 1996 Olympic Games, Bartleson has stayed active
in synchro by coaching, judging and serving on boards. She has coached all over the
world, working as a consultant and choreographer for teams in China, Great Britain and
Argentina, and as a coach with the U.S. Junior National Team.
The Walnut Creek native was an assistant coach at Stanford from 1998 to 2000, helping
lead the Cardinals to their first collegiate national titles. She also led the Netherlands duet
to the 2004 Olympic Games.
Bartleson currently serves as USA Synchro’s Olympic International Vice President. She
served as an athlete’s representative from 1987-96, an AEC Olympic International
Representative from 1994-96 and was the AEC Secretary from 1992-94.
Bartleson is one of 10 athletes to be formally inducted at the International Swimming
Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Induction Ceremonies on May 11, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. The other inductees are: swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. (USA), Pieter van den Hoogenband
(The Netherlands), Yana Klochkova (Ukraine) and Dagmar Hase (Germany); diver Hu
Jia (China); water polo player Milivoj Bebic (Yugoslavia, Croatia); open water swimmer
Cliff Lumsden (Canada); coach Alberto Castagnetti (Italy); and contributor Peter