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Our History

In 1956, with the support of the Recreation and Parks Department and the leadership of founder and Head Coach, Marion Olson Kane, the Merionettes entered the world of Synchronized Swimming.  From 1961 through 1967, the Merionettes were undefeated in the Senior National Team event.  They were the first team in the country to amass 14 consecutive national titles. They continued their leadership to amass seventy National Championship Titles, as well as numerous international triumphs.  Marion Kane and four of her swimmers were honored by being named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. By the end of the 1970s had inducted five more Merionettes into the Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame.

In 2016, the Merionettes celebrated 60 years of synchronized swimming in San Francisco!

Our Philosophy

Swimmers on the Merionettes represent the oldest club in the Pacific Association.  The club has a strong history, but we are constantly looking to the future and striving to provide each and every swimmer with the opportunity to progress and learn.  The club provides them with the chance to learn a sport that they can enjoy for many years, as they progress through college.  The sportsmanship, self-assurance, and poise they develop along the way will benefit them throughout their life.