Kay Mueller passed away Saturday, June 20, from PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). She loved synchronized swimming and had been involved in many ways from an early age.
Kay's family became involved with synchro in the 1960s. Kay and her sisters Lyn (Carolyn), Robin, and Donna swam with the Middletown Mermaids and the Neshaminy Dollfinettes in Levittown PA. Her mother, Marjorie Mueller, coached these teams and her father, Robert Mueller, developed and ran the computer system used for scoring at meets throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Kay and Nancy Rogin won a Mid-Atlantic Championship for their duet in 1966. Kay and Lyn continued swimming in college with the Penn State Naiads.
Kay continued her involvement with synchro in Austin, TX in 1980, when she became the assistant coach for the University of Texas Synchronized Swimming Team. Along with head coach Cheryl Cook (also an athlete on the UT team), they coached the team to a 5th place finish at the Collegiate Nationals Championships in 1981. Kay subsequently became a Zone level judge and then a National Judge. She judged at many National Championships (Masters being her favorite) as well as Zone, Regional and Association level competitions. Kay supported the Austin Angelfish as she was always willing to help out as a judge or Level Test assessor whenever asked.
Kay is fondly remembered by coaches and judges in the South Zone. Kris Olson summed up everyone’s sentiment perfectly, stating “Kay was always ready to work at a meet, and shared valuable feedback with the coaches. She was a breath of fresh air for synchro. We will all miss her.” Friends for the past 40 years, Cheryl Cook remembers Kay as a sweet and gentle soul and a dedicated and generous friend. Kay loved and remained committed to synchro and the many life-long friendships it started.