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USA Artistic Swimming announces 2020 12 and Under National Team coaching staff

By Emily Falkenberg, Communications Coordinator, USA Artistic Swimming | March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. (ET)

12U National Team at Training Camp in Las Vegas, NV

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It is with great pleasure that USA Artistic Swimming announces the hiring of Laura Mase as the 12 & Under National Team Head Coach and Camille Albrecht as the 12 & Under National Team Assistant Coach.

12 & Under National Team Coach Laura Mase

Laura has been involved in Artistic Swimming since 1993. As a swimmer, Laura swam for the New Canaan YMCA Aquianas from 1993-2001 earning some first national titles for the club, then for the University of Richmond from 2001-2005 where she earned a BA in Communications and Elementary Education. From 2005-2008, Laura worked as the Education Director for USA Synchronized Swimming before the name was changed to USA Artistic Swimming. She attended graduate school at New York University from 2008-2011, where she received her MS in Communicative Sciences and disorders. 

Laura works full time as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Stamford Public Schools and she has been back with the Aquianas as an assistant coach since 2008. She has been the head coach of the 13-15 A team since 2011, placing as high as third at both 13-15 Nationals and Junior Olympic Championship. Mase has helped several of her athletes earn spots on national teams and is excited to lead the youngest National Team for USA Artistic Swimming.

Camille Albrecht has been selected as the 12 & Under National Team Assistant Coach. She is the current head coach of the Tampa YMCA synchro Synchro. As a swimmer, she competed as a member of the Tampa Bay Synchrays and placed top 10 in many National meets. 

In 2009, Camille was a part of the inaugural cruise on The Oasis of the Seas where she performed as a dancer and synchronized swimmer in the first ever aqua show at sea: The Oasis of Dreams. After completing her contract on the ship, she returned to Tampa YMCA where she volunteered as a coach in her senior year of high school. She coached under Laura Kummer for 4 years. In October of 2013, Albrecht took over as head coach.  

Since then she has coached multiple swimmers to qualify and swim at US Nationals and Junior Olympics where swimmers have placed and swam in finals. TYS has placed 2 swimmers to the 12-U National Team and 1 to the JR National team. Other than coaching Camille works part time for the organization Fellowship of Christian Athletes, runs a swim lesson business, swims Masters synchro with Team Florida, dances, cycles, runs, and practices yoga as often as possible.

Mase and Albrecht will lead the 12 & Under National Team that will be named following the final phase of the 2020 Age Group National Team Trials. Information on when the final phase will take place will be posted here.