USA Synchro Announces Award Winners And Board Members
ANAHEIM, Calif. - USA
Synchro announced its annual award winners and board-member election results Saturday
night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention.
Olivia Morgan, who won the individual high
point title at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships in March, was named
USA Synchro’s Athlete of the Year. Morgan, a USA Synchro athlete representative,
helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal and finished fourth in the duet free at
the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Morgan also earned Collegiate
All-American status, leading Stanford to the team title and adding gold medals
in duet and trio at Collegiate Nationals.
was named USA Synchro Coach of the Year after leading the U.S. World University
Games team to the bronze medal in Kazan, Russia, in July. Lowe, an Olympic bronze
medalist, recently was selected to be inducted into the United States
Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame. The first-year Stanford coach led the
Cardinals to their seventh national title, and first since 2008, at the U.S.
Collegiate National Championships in March.
The late Myrna Hagedorn was honored with the Lillian MacKellar Distinguished Service Award.
Hagedorn served many
roles within the synchronized swimming community, including coaching stints at
Rutgers University and with the Central Jersey Synchronettes and Colorado
Springs Novas. She also served as Administrative Chair for the Rocky Mountain
Association and the North Zone, where she was its secretary. Hagedorn helped
reorganize and update USA Synchro’s technical rules, and she chaired the ad hoc
Athletes’ Program Committee.
- John Ortiz,
head coach of the Tualatin
Hills (Ore.) Synchronized Swimming Club, was named USA
Synchro Age Group Developmental Coach of the Year.
- Jen Muzyk,
director of the New
Canaan (Conn.) YMCA Aquianas, was named USA Synchro Developmental Coach of
- Michelle Baritone
earned the USA Synchro Coaching Merit Award.
- Debbi Guthrie,
director of the Riverside (Calif.) Sports Commission, received the USA Synchro
Community Service Award.
Denise Shively, vice president, competitive
operations, and Tom Wiita,
treasurer, were re-elected to USA Synchro’s board of directors. Nancy Rosengard was elected vice
president, membership and marketing, and Paige Ramsey was elected as the At-Large Athletes' Representative.
- Linda Loehndorf, a FINA judge from Wisconsin, and Shari Darst, a USA Synchro Vice
President and head coach of the Rocky Mountain Splash, were
honored with Hall of Fame Contributor Awards.
Shively, who recently was selected
for induction to the United States Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame, has been USA Synchro’s
National/Olympic Team manager since 2003. She is a Level 4 national judge who
has served on several national committees, including event management and
has served as the West Zone Treasurer, OASS Treasurer, MAC Synchro Booster
treasurer and MAC Synchro Committee chair and is a Level 2F and 2R judge. He
has also served on the board of directors for two independent schools, one as
has served as USA Synchro treasurer and has been a collegiate and Masters
national champion. She has been an East Zone Coach of the Year and is a member
of the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Rosengard has served on
association and zone boards of directors, as a meet manager for all levels of
competition, and she is a Level 4F official.
Ramsey was the 2013 USSS Collegiate Athlete of the Year from Ohio State. She won silver medals in duet and team at the SwimOutlet.com U.S. National Championships and earned U.S. Collegiate All-American honors.