1989 Honor Synchronized Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: AAU SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 17 (solo, duet, team, 5
successive number 1 figure awards); CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4 (solo, duet,
team); EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 (duet, team); Pacific Assn's Outstanding
Athlete: 1967, 1968; Helms Hall of Fame: 1970; Lawrence Johnson Aquatic Award:
1968; U.S. Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame: 1969.
Margo McGrath, while modest, honest and generous to a fault was a competitor who dominated synchronized swimming winning a total of 17 U. S. National Championships. She was the youngest Senior National Champion in the history of the sport at age 13. She made believers out of speed swimmers, too, when she won San Francisco's Golden Gate Swim in 56 degree water beating 23 other girls before hundreds of spectators lining the Golden Gate Bridge.
Margo was the technician who brought figures to a new level of excellence. She put "swim" into synchronized swimming. She was the expert in fluid motion. Her "poetry in swimming" mesmerized her audience and made them feel a part of the water. During the years 1966 and 1967, she never lost a championship and was the first to win all four events -- solo, duet, team, figures -- and did it four times consecutively.
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