U.S. Masters synchronized swimmer Holly Kyle has been selected for induction into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.
Kyle, who has competed in Masters Synchronized Swimming since 1992, earned 12 medals at the 2000-2006 FINA Masters World Championships: 11 gold and one bronze. She has 44 medals from the U.S. Masters National Championships, 36 of which are gold.
“I’m truly flattered beyond all belief to be included in this year’s inductees,” Kyle said. “I love this sport and am amazed that at my age (73) I am still able to continue learning with the help of my teammates and a fabulous coach.”
Kyle, born and raised in Wheeling, West Va., grew up riding and showing saddle-bred horses on a tri-state circuit. While attending the University of Arizona, she became a member of the university’s Mermaids, a club for water ballet, and performed in the annual spring show.
Kyle and her husband Steve owned a printing company and then an event production business in California while raising two children, Corbett and Sallie. Kyle has volunteered for many organizations through the years, including the Jack D. Brown Hospice Committee, the Vintage Festival, Boys and Girls Club and the Teacher Support Network.
She has been involved with Masters Synchro Redwood Empire since 1985 with coach Marion Elston.
The Class of 2013, which includes Judie Oliver (swimming, Canada), Jenny Whiteley (swimming, Australia), Edward Cazalet (swimming, U.S.), Hiromu Yoshimoto (swimming, Japan), Felix Grossman (diving, U.S.), Michael Haley (water polo, U.S.) and F.H. “Ted” Haartz (swimming contributor, U.S.), will be inducted on Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, Calif.