Aug. 27, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford announced the hiring of 2004 Olympic medalist Alison Bartosik as an assistant coach today. Bartosik, who officially begins at Stanford on September 1, 2007, has spent the majority of the summer of 2007 as an assistant coach for USA National Team II working with the solo, combo and team groups in preparation for the Swiss Open. She is also currently a technician, instructor and coach for US Synchro Clinics.
"I'm looking forward to getting involved in collegiate synchro and Stanford is the best place for that endeavor," commented Bartosik. "I'm excited to be working with the caliber of athlete that goes to Stanford."
"Alison will be a great new resource for our team," added Stanford synchronized swimming head coach Heather Olson. "I think she will fit in with our team dynamics easily, and her enthusiasm and experience are going to give us the edge we need to stay on top this year. After watching Alison coach the last few years, I knew she would be perfect for our team."
Bartosik coached during both the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Santa Clara Aquamaids as an assistant. Her 2007 squad placed first in every event at Junior Nationals and third at Senior Nationals. In 2006, her Senior duet team took second and is currently the squad scheduled to compete in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. She spent the 2005 campaign as a youth coach with the Las Vegas Synchronettes and Nevada Desert Mermaids squad that was second among 12-13 year olds at the Age Group Nationals.
Bartosik had a fantastic career as a synchronized swimmer that was capped by a pair of bronze medals in both duet and team at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. She was also a silver medalist in the duet at the 2004 World Grand Prix in Japan and a gold medalist in both duet and team at the 2003 Pan American Games.
She finished her competitive synchronized swimming career with 27 national titles and 11 international crowns.
In addition, Bartosik has been the public face of synchronized swimming on several occasions as she has been interviewed by several high-profile television personalities including David Letterman, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Chris Connolley and Summer Sanders. She also starred in the NYU film documentary on 2004 Olympic Journey.
Bartosik is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Finance at nearby Santa Clara University.