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USA Synchro Presents Award of Merit

21 Jul, 2013


Longtime Synchro Coach, Official Hagedorn Honored with Lillian Mackellar Distinguished Service Award

USA Synchro recently recognized the late Myrna Hagedorn with the Lillian MacKellar Distinguished Service Award.

Hagedorn served many roles within the synchronized swimming community, including coaching stints at Rutgers University and with the Central Jersey Synchronettes and Colorado Springs Novas. She also served as Administrative Chair for the Rocky Mountain Association and the North Zone, where she was its secretary. Hagedorn helped reorganize and update USA Synchro's technical rules, and she chaired the ad hoc Athletes' Program Committee.

"Myrna serves with a kind and generous spirit, promoting fair play and growth of our athletes and sport," USA Synchro Past President Ginny Jasontek wrote in nominating Hagedorn.

Hagedorn, a member of the United States Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame as a Contributor, is the first person to be honored with the Lillian MacKellar Award posthumously. Her husband, Al Hagedorn, accepted the award.

The Lillian MacKellar Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has given unselfishly to the support of synchronized swimming with particular attention to the welfare of the athletes.

About USA Synchro: USA Synchro is based in Indianapolis and serves as the National Governing Body for the sport of synchronized swimming, appointed as such by the United States Olympic Committee. It is a membership based and not-for-profit organization which services the sport from the grass roots level to the National Team. The mission statement of USA Synchro is "to provide leadership and resources for the promotion and growth of synchronized swimming, to achieve competitive excellence at all levels and to develop broad based participation." 

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