1996 U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team


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Last Update: June 26, 1998

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Chris Carver, Coach and Gail Emery, Coach

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Excitement Following Routine

Gold Medal United States score of 99.720 points, Silver medalist Canada was second, 1.353 points behind, and Japan won the bronze.

GOLD - United States (Tammy Cleland, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Becky Dyroen-Lancer, Campbell, Calif.; Heather Pease,Lafayette, Calif.; Jill Savery, Concord, Calif.; Nathalie Schneyder, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Jill Sudduth, Morgan Hill, Calif.; Emily Porter-LeSueur, Mesa, Ariz.; Margot Thien, Berkeley, Calif.; Heather Simmons-Carrasco, Santa Clara, Calif.; Suzannah Bianco, Saratoga, Calif.)

SILVER - Canada (Karen Clark; Christine Larsen; Janice Bremner; Sylvie Frechette; Valerie Hould-Marchand; Karen Fonteyne; Kasia Kulesza; Cari Read; Erin Woodley; Lisa Alexander)

BRONZE - Japan (Akiko Kawase; Miya Tachibana; Kaori Takahashi; Miho Takeda; Rei Jimbo; Raika Fujii; Miho Kawabe; Riho Nakajima; Junko Tanaka; Mayuko Fujiki)


Synchronized Swimming Clubs

Walnut Creek Aquanuts Cincinnati Synchrogator Tucson Synchronized Swimming Team
Canada's Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team Santa Clara Aquamaids Japanese Synchronized Swimming Page

Synchronized Swimming News

Top Performers 1996 National Championship Article Bill Mays Makes Nationals History Article
Tight Veil of Secrecy See The Olympic Team VISA T.V. Ad (3.3M) What is Synchronized Swimming ?
Synchronized Swimming Notebook (6/20/96) Synchronized Swimming Olympic Schedule Underwater Teamwork Powers Graceful Look
Despite Bumps, Bruises This isn't a Contact Sport Olympic Village Opens with Water Polo and Synchro Team Judging and Scoring (Washington Post)

Olympic Sites

ESPNET SportsZone Synchro Page United States Team Outlook 1996 Centennial Olympic Games Home Page
Welcome to Atlanta Sports Illistrated Olympic Games NBC Olympic Page
ESPNET SportsZone Olympic Page Atlanta Journal-Constitution Olympic Notebook (updated weekly) Synchronize Swimming Rules
Inside the host city USA Today Syncro Page Latest News USA Today Olympic Front Page News
Washington Post Olympics Page Washington Post Synchro Page CNN Olympic Page

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The Atlanta Journal - THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION

ATLANTA GAMES -The Atlanta Journal

USA Today Olympic Synchronize Swimming Page

1996 Centennial Olympic Games


Synchronized Swimming: Final Results


Rank Country Final Points Technical Routines Free Routines
1 United States of America 99.720 Rank
1
Points
99.200
Rank
1
Points
100.000
2 Canada 98.367 Rank
2
Points
97.933
Rank
2
Points
98.600
3 Japan 97.753 Rank
3
Points
97.667
Rank
3
Points
97.800
4 Russian Federation 97.260 Rank
4
Points
97.000
Rank
4
Points
97.400
5 France 96.076 Rank
5
Points
95.600
Rank
5
Points
96.333
6 Italy 94.253 Rank
8
Points
93.733
Rank
6
Points
94.533
7 People's Republic of China 94.124 Rank
6
Points
94.600
Rank
7
Points
93.867
8 Mexico 93.836 Rank
7
Points
94.400
Rank
8
Points
93.533

TOP PERFORMERS: The U.S. squad also features Jill Savery, Jill Sudduth, and Heather Simmons-Carrasco, who finished 2-3-4 respectively in the Olympic Trials, and are all considered top performers in the world of synchronized swimming.

NBC U.S. Outlook


SANTA CLARA DOMINATES NATIONALS: The Santa Clara Aquamaids dominated the competition at the1996 National Championships, held at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. The club claimed all three medals in individual competition, the gold and silver in duet and the team title. All this without its top four performers, including Becky Dyroen-Lancer. All are on the 1996 Olympic Team. The charge was led by Anna Kozlova, a 1992 Olympian for Russia, who earned gold in all three events.

USA Today Syncro Page


MAYS MAKES NATIONALS HISTORY: Bill Mays will make history simply by competing at the Jantzen National Synchronized Swimming Championships in Indianapolis April 24-28. He will become the first male in history to compete in the event. The 17-year-old from Syracuse, N.Y., moved to southern California recently and trains with the Santa Clara Aquamaids. Last month, he claimed silver medals in solo and duet at the junior nationals in Irving, Texas, and was part of the champion squad in the team event. That made him the first male to win a national junior title. While the next step in his progression, a berth on the senior national team, is possible, the culmination of his career, the Olympic Team, is in question. Synchronized swimming is chartered as an all-female sport at the Olympic level.

USA Today Syncro Page


TIGHT VEIL OF SECRECY: The U.S. Olympic Team held several training camps in Seattle, Wash., in January and in San Diego in February, and in Atlanta in March and May. While in Seattle, the team kept all practices closed except for a half-hour window for media opportunities on the last day of the camp. The team is working on its routine for Atlanta under a tight veil of secrecy, so tight that the team's press officer doesn't even know what the music selection is. USA Today Syncro Page


Synchronized Swimming Notebook (by Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING (6/17/96)
Despite the pre-Games secrecy about routines, information is beginning to dribble out. Japan -- which re-enacted the Kobe earthquake at last summer's World Cup in Atlanta -- reportedly will use "The Four Seasons" as its theme. Reports say Italy, coached by U.S.-born Kathleen O'Brien Romanni, is taking its cues from American country music. The U.S. team is going less for messages than sensory images and feelings with its "Fantasia on Orchestra" routine. Different portions of the five-minute swim highlight the strings, woodwinds, brass and other sections of an orchestra.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING (6/20/96)
Fresh off the nude photo of Nathalie Schneyder and Margo Thien in the current issue of Life magazine, the U.S. team will appear live on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday from an MTV beach house in Malibu, Calif. With host Jay Leno doing a live hookup from the NBC studios in Burbank, Calif., the team will perform its routine in the pool, then pick people off the beach to get in the water with them and take the "synchro challenge." That's the introduction to basic synchronized swimming moves that very nearly conquered gymnast Mary Lou Retton when she filmed a segment with the team at the Olympic trials last fall.



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