Aug. 30, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
USA Synchro launched its TEAM (“Together Every Athlete Matters”) program two months ago to gather much-needed support to train its National Team athletes and to provide additional resources toward the goal of achieving sustained competitive excellence. When synchronized swimming was introduced at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, the U.S. emerged as an unbeatable force, and many countries looked to the U.S. to help them develop their programs. Since then, the U.S. has almost always commanded a spot on the podium. Recently, the U.S. has been finding it more difficult to reach the medal stand because several countries have begun breaking away with new training techniques and support for their programs.

The Santa Clara Aquamaids of Santa Clara, Calif., saw this as an opportunity to emerge-- once again-- as a leader in the synchro community. By making a donation of $22,366.60, the Aquamaids are providing funding equivalent to the annual cost to train two National Team athletes. “We hope that by supporting the National Team with this donation, we can preserve the program and allow many more young women the same opportunity and experiences that others have had in the past,” said Jeff Nott, President of the Santa Clara Aquamaids.

The Santa Clara club is no stranger to USA Synchro’s National Team Program, having produced more Olympic team members in the sport than any other club in the United States. USA Synchro President Duke Zielinksi added, “Thank you to the Aquamaids’ President, Board of Directors, and the entire Aquamaids family for their continual support of USA Synchro, our programs and events, and our National Teams. Their leadership and direction once again challenges other clubs to follow.”

About USA Synchro
USA Synchro is based in Indianapolis and serves as the National Governing Body for the sport of synchronized swimming, appointed as such by the United States Olympic Committee. It is a membership based and non-for-profit organization which services the sport from the grass roots level to the National Team. The mission statement of USA Synchro is "to provide leadership and resources for the promotion and growth of synchronized swimming, to achieve competitive excellence at all levels and to develop
broad based participation."

About Santa Clara Aquamaids
The Santa Clara Aquamaids is a non-profit, member-supported Swim Club that has been producing world-class synchronized swimmers and Olympic athletes since 1964. The Club provides a supportive environment that enables its swimmers to reach their full potential and that instills diligence, determination, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence in all of its athletes. We have programs designed for beginning through elite level athletes.