Nancy Hunt Weiman
2006 Honor Synchronized Swimmer
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Since 1975, she has competed in seven age groups
(25+ thru 55+); Competed in nine FINA Masters World Championships winning 14 gold,
7 silver and 3 bronzemedals in figures, solo, duet and teamevents; Competed in 25 U.S.
Masters Synchronized Swimming National Championships winning 56 gold, 15 silver
and 9 bronze medals.
BIG BATH, BIG BATH..." That's what a very young Nancy, peering out the back seat
window of her father's Buick, declared as the Hunt family drove by one and then another
of Minnesota's famed 10,000 lakes. She'd reach down and begin to take off her shoes and socks - she wanted to "get
wet." The love of water came early - and today, brings us this Hall of Fame honoree.
As a child, Nancy learned to swim in Grindstone Lake, near Sandstone, "up North" from
the Twin Cities. At nine, her best friends, twin girls who lived two doors away in St. Paul,
convinced her to join a synchronized swim club with them at the local Y. That's how it
began. Today, it's almost a half-century later, and Nancy's still in the pool, still swimming,
still competing and still coaching.
She started synchronized swimming as an age group swimmer in St. Paul,MN coached by
the great Ruth Zink. In 1969, she moved to San Francisco where she joined the famed San
Francisco Merionettes, coached by Hall of Famer Marion and husband Don Kane, and
swam for four years before "retiring" from amateur competition. Her Merionette years took
her, in addition to National and International competitions, on a US State Department
Good Will Trip to South and Central America, an Ed McMahon-hosted TV Special filmed
in Mexico and in 1974, she joined many of her teammates to became part of Billy Rose's
famed Aquacade in Barbra Streisand's hit movie, Funny Lady.
Even after 15- years of synchronized swimming competition, Nancy wasn't ready to stop swimming. She married and
moved to Washington, D.C., but, in 1974, there was no Master's Program for synchronized
swimming. It did not exist. So, Nancy led the effort to create it for very sport that today,
now honors her. Nancy prepared the first set of rules, and, with a handful of others, literally
helped establish and build a Master's program where none existed.
Nancy founded the DC Synchromasters and became its first and only coach. For the next
three decades, Nancy participated in the Master's Program as a coach, as a competitive
swimmer and occasionally, as a judge. The 2006World Games marks her 31st year of competition
as a Master's Swimmer. Nancy began Master's Competition in the 25-29 age group
and over the years participated in at least seven different age groups. Along the way,
Nancy earnedmore than 110 medals (more than 75 are Gold), an assortment of ribbons and
her teams amassed numerous high point trophies in National and International competition.
Nancy also played a unique role in the effort for synchronized swimming to become an
Olympic sport. In 1980 and again in 1981, Nancy was invited by the Soviet Swimming
Federation to work with their swimmers in Moscow and on the Black Sea in Sochi, after
the Soviets signaled a willingness to support the US initiative to make synchronized swimming an Olympic sport beginning
with the 1984 Olympics.
Nancy Hunt Weiman's contributions to her sport as a lifetime competitor, inspiring coach, and fair judge, her lifelong devotion
to synchronized swimming, her special contributions that helped establish the Masters Synchronized Swimming
Program and her personal commitment to "sport for life"make her an exemplary member of the International Swimming
Hall of Fame.