Natalie Lagrone Named SwimOutlet Athlete of the Month

Dec. 07, 2017, 9:47 a.m. (ET)

Natalie Lagrone, a 17-year-old member of the Southern Nevada Desert Mermaids, has been named the Athlete of the Month for November.

Natalie, also a member of the U.S. Junior National Squad, helps Desert Mermaids coach Ludivine Perrin-Stsepaniuk with the team and also volunteers at various charities.

"She is an outstanding synchronized swimmer who trains to succeed and to achieve her personal and team goals at each practice,” Perrin-Stsepaniuk said. “Being the top athlete in our club, she always stops her drills to demonstrate or help out young swimmers. I started coaching her at 15 years old and she trains like a pro.

“She has always reviewed all videos daily, acted like a leader of her team by reminding them schedule or training details. She would always email the high performance director herself or her national team coach. She has always demonstrated maturity, which was always appreciated as her coach."

This year, Natalie was a part of the U.S. Junior National Team that won silver in team tech at the Swiss Open. She also participated in the Rising Star program, which USA Synchro uses to identify, evaluate and develop talented synchronized swimmers. She finished 15th in duet and 16th in solo at the U.S. National Championships.

“When her duet partner received a higher routine score at Nationals, Natalie never blinked or showed any sign of sadness and congratulated her partner as soon as she got out of the water. For me, it's a great example of sportsmanship and team spirit,” Perrin-Stsepaniuk said. “Natalie represents what a high-level athlete should be. Even if she doesn't train in a big club, she knows how to make a difference and we are hoping to see her competing at the 2020 Olympics,” Perrin-Stsepaniuk said.

Natalie, USA Synchro is proud to name you as its Swimmer of the Month!

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