Synchronized swimming gets new coach

By Jenn Adams

The University of the Incarnate Word has a new head coach for the nationally ranked synchronized swimming team to replace its longtime first coach who resigned over the summer.

The new coach, Megan Deatherage, from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has extensive experience in coaching synchronized swimming as well as being a member of a synchronized swimming team, administrators said.

Deatherage said the previous coach, Kim Wurzel-Lo Porto, an Olympian, sent her an e-mail about the opportunity. Worzel-Lo Porto resigned to go into private business as a licensed real estate agent for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper.

Deatherage previously coached the Pirouettes, a synchronized swimming team based out of Irving, Texas. UIW’s synchronized swimming team is not in the NCAA, but is run by the same rules and regulations as the NCAA organization.
Since coming to UIW Aug. 26, Deatherage said she has been working towards building an even better team than last year for a sport she describes as “dancing in the water.”

“Last year [the team] was ranked No. 5 in the Collegiate Championships,” Detherage said. “This year, I want the team to place even higher.”


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