Holly Kyle (USA)
2013 Honor Synchronized Swimmer
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (SYNCHRO): 1989 WORLD GAMES: silver (team), bronze (figures); 2000 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 2 gold (solo and duet), 1 silver (team); 2002 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 3 gold (solo, duet and team); 2004 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 3 gold (solo, duet and team); 2006 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 3 gold (solo, duet and team).
Sports have always been a huge part of Holly Kyle’s life. Horses in her early years, league tennis, swimming, water ballet, Pilates/Gyrotonics and weight training so she can maintain the swimming, golf, skiing and scuba she so enjoys.
She learned to swim in a pool and knew how to swim as far back as she can remember. At the age of 11, she attended Camp Ecole Champlain in Vermont. She remembers that experience being one of her first synchronized swimming events, but back then, as she recalls, it was always called water ballet. She preformed to La via Rose and loved it!
Holly attended the University of Arizona where she graduated in 1962. While at Arizona, she was a member of the Women’s Athletic Honorary, while at the same time taking every swim class the university offered including“form swimming” where you were judged on your strokes. She later became a member of the university’s Mermaids, a club for water ballet, and performed in the annual spring show.
There was a large gap in Holly’s aquatics career from college until she discovered there was a master’s synchronized swimming program, not far from her home in Sonoma. So, at age 44, Holly began her synchronized swimming career under legendary Hall of Fame coach Marion Kane Elston. Since 1985, she has won medals in five different age groups and this year she turns 73.
Holly has attended four FINA Master World Championships: Munich, Germany (2000), Christchurch, New Zealand (2002), Riccione, Italy (2004), and Stanford, California (2006). In those World Championship competition, she has won four gold medals in solo, four gold medals in duet and three gold medals and one bronze medal in team, for a total of 12 international Masters World Championship medals. She has been competing in national and international masters synchronized swimming meets, winning more than 70 gold medals overall. Holly uses her swimming not only as a competitive activity but also for fitness. Due to her effervescent personality and her encouragement of fellow competitors, she is very popular and highly respected in the sport of Masters synchronized swimming.