1979 AIAW Synchronized Swimming Team Routine Championship Team
In 1979, The University of Arizona was one of the few institutions that competed in the sport of synchronized swimming. The Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women ( AIAW) sanctioned its first championship in the sport in 1977, and by 1979, the UA team was a national powerhouse. The team consisted of roughly one half veterans and one half newcomers. Mary Ann Parker and Sue Toltzman were Arizona's first two southern California synchronized swimmers who became the foundation of a future national championship team. Their success enticed east coast synchronized swimmer Jill VanDalen to join the Wildcats. Michele Beulieau, Pam Tryon and Gerri Brandly brought their international expertise to the team, while Sara White and her twin sister Marie provided a unique duet element. All eight individuals were awarded All- American status in 1979. Michele, Gerri, Pam, and Marie were members of the United States Pan Am team, and Michele and Gerri were nominated for the Broderick Award, which recognized the outstanding athlete in the sport of synchronized swimming, during their careers.