Four inducted into Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS – Three Olympians and a trailblazer for the sport were inducted into
the United States Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Carrie Barton,
Anna Kozlova, Kristina Lum and Bill May became the newest members of the Hall of
Fame in a ceremony in Henderson, Nev.
Barton, an eight-time member of U.S. national teams, competed at the 2000 Olympics,
where the team placed fifth. She earned silver medals in solo and duet at the 1997 U.S.
Nationals and was a member of four U.S. team champions from 1996 to 1999. The three-time All-American helped lead the U.S. team to silver at the 1998 Goodwill Games and
the 1999 Pan American Games. She was nominated for the USOC Sportswoman of the
Year in 1997. Barton started her synchro career with the Pirouettes of Dallas before
joining the Santa Clara Aquamaids.
Kozlova, a Russian native, represented the Soviet Union, the Unified team, Russia and
the United States during her synchro career. She competed in three Olympic Games,
winning bronze medals in duet and team for the U.S. at the 2004 Games. Kozlova
finished fourth in duet and fifth in team at the 2000 Olympic Games for the U.S., and was
fourth in duet at the 1992 Games while swimming for Russia. A four-time Athlete of the
Year, Kozlova is one of the most decorated synchronized swimmers in U.S. history,
having won 16 national titles (five solo, four duet and seven team). She won gold in duet
and team at the 2003 Pan American Games and added silver (team technical) and bronze
(free combination) at the 2003 World Championships. Kozlova was unable to represent
the U.S. at the world or Olympic levels until she became a citizen in October 1999.
Before that, she won gold (duet and team) at the 1991 and 1993 European
Championships. She was nominated for the USOC Sportswoman of the Year five times
Lum, a three-time All-American, was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team that
placed fifth in Sydney. She helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal at the 1999 Pan
American Games and was a member of four U.S. team champions from 1996 to 1999.
Lum also won silver in duet and team at the 1998 Goodwill Games. She spent her entire
competitive career of 14 years as a member of the Santa Clara Aquamaids and was named to the eight U.S. national teams. She was nominated for the USOC Sportswoman
of the Year and Sullivan Award in 1998.
May was a trailblazer as a male competing in a predominantly female sport, pairing with
Lum to bring mixed duet to the forefront. Their participation in the 1998 Goodwill
Games, where they won the silver medal, brought worldwide media coverage. May, a
five-time U.S. duet national champion and four-time solo champion, was denied the
opportunity to represent the U.S. in FINA-sanctioned world championships, world cups
and the Olympic Games. He was the first male to be selected to participate with the U.S.
Junior National Team in 1996. A member of the Santa Clara Aquamaids and five U.S.
team champions, May earned gold medals at the 1997 Swiss Open (solo and duet), 1998
German Open (team), 1999 Swiss Open (duet and free combo), 1999 French Open (duet),
2000 Rome Open (solo and team) and 2001 Swiss Open (solo). He was U.S. Synchronized Swimming’s Athlete of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2001 and was
nominated four times for the USOC Sportsman of the Year.