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Stanford To Host The 2004 Synchronized Swimming U.S. National Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/23/2002

Sept. 23, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University will take the plunge in 2004 when the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships come to campus April 29-May1. All events will be held at the Avery Aquatic Center.

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'Stanford has a strong tradition in synchronized swimming, including several National Team members among its current squad.'
USSS President Betty Hazle
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The U.S. National Championships annually features the nation's elite athletes vying for national titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events. Top athletes also qualify for the U.S. National Championships and Junior National Team Trials. Stanford has qualified for the event each of the past five seasons.

"Stanford has a strong tradition in synchronized swimming, including several National Team members among its current squad," said USSS President Betty Hazle. "This competition fosters the growth of synchronized swimming in the area and its popularity on campus, and supports the efforts of Stanford to continue to bring a variety of the finest in championship sporting events to the campus."

The U.S. Nationals are televised annually, achieving higher ratings on ESPN than most swimming events (source: ESPN Consumer Research).

Stanford boasts one of the nation's most successful varsity synchronized swimming programs, finishing first or second in the U.S. Collegiate rankings each of the past five seasons. The Stanford bid was presented by head coach and two-time Olympian Heather Olson, and assistant coach Shannon Montague. U.S. Synchronized Swimming is the National Governing Body of synchronized swimming in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Ind., Synchro Swimming USA governs and sanctions competition for more than 200 clubs across the United States, and selects and trains three U.S. National Teams to represent the United States in international competitions.

2004 National / International Events
March 25-27 U.S. Collegiate Championships Ann Arbor, Mich.
April 1-4 SPEEDO Junior Championships Orlando, Fla.
April 29-May 1 U.S. National Championships Stanford, Calif.
May 14-18 Olympic Qualifying Open Athens, Greece
June 26-July 4 Esynchro Age Group Championships Indianapolis, Ind.
July 18-24 United Airlines Open New Orleans, La.
July 21-25 IX FINA Junior World Championships Moscow, Russia
Aug. 13-29 2004 Olympic Games (Synchro: 23-27) Athens, Greece
Oct. TBD U.S. Masters Championships Roseville, Calif.


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