INDIANAPOLIS - Denise Shively, USA Synchro’s Vice President/Competitive Operations, and Olympic bronze medalist Sara Lowe have been selected to be inducted into the United States Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame.
Shively, who will be inducted as a Contributor, has been USA Synchro’s National/Olympic Team manager since 2003 and has served as the technical chair and officials’ chair for the Ohio Association and the North Zone. She is a Level 4 national judge and has served on several national committees, including event management and championship sites. Shively, the head coach of the Columbus Coralinas, is a faculty member at Otterbein University in the Department of Communications.
“Denise works tirelessly for our athletes, coaches and organization. She is highly respected by all who work with her. USA Synchro is proud to be inducting Denise into our Hall of Fame,” USA Synchro President Judy McGowan said.
Lowe, who won bronze as a member of the U.S. team at the 2004 Olympics, will be inducted as an Athlete. She was an All-American from 2000 to 2005 as a four-time member of the U.S. National Team and three-time member of the U.S. Junior National Team. Lowe also was a member of the 2003 Pan-American Team, winning the gold medal. She earned individual High Point honors at U.S. Nationals by winning figures, solo, duet and team, and she also was a bronze medalist at Junior Worlds.
Lowe was a member of Cardinal teams that won four consecutive Collegiate National Championships, serving as captain for three years. She earned the title of Collegiate High Point Athlete each of her four years competing for the Cardinal, and combined with her teammates to win more than 20 national titles. Lowe won college titles in solo, duet, team and elements.
“This honor is one that Sara so richly deserves, as her athletic achievements are many, culminating of course with a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 2004. USA Synchro is proud to be inducting Sara into our Hall of Fame,” McGowan said.
The induction will take place at the opening session of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors, Sept. 13, in Anaheim, Calif.