History of The Cygnets of San Antonio

The Cygnets of San Antonio was organized in 1964 when Margaret Swan watched a demonstration of Synchronized swimming and came home to teach the sport to girls locally. The name of the team is derived from the term "Cygnet" meaning "little swan." JoAnn Glauberg Owens, who was a member of the original Cygnets, states that some of the original team members came from The Silver Fins, the first synchronized swimming team in San Antonio formed by Mrs. Joan Bailey at the downtown YWCA.

When Mrs. Swan organized the Cygnets, they quickly became competitive. Over the next fourteen years the team obtained nine Junior National Championships with the first one earned within two years of the team's start. In addition, according to Mrs. Owens, the original team placed 6th in the Nationals, the first team to ever place that high outside of the state of California.During the 1970's, the Cygnets regularly performed in many city events. The highlights include swimming in the Fiesta River Parade in the San Antonio River and performing in the Hemisfair Lake, also used at the time for water ski events.

Also during the 1970's, future coaches Nancy Doyle, Linda Lampe, Melodie Wallace, and Kara Lindeamnn swam under the direction of Margaret Swan and the Cygnets earned one of the Junior National Championship honors.

Margaret Swan continued to be a dominant influence in the development of the sport of Synchronized Swimming. She helped write the criteria for many of the skills that the athletes are judged against. Margaret Swan was elected to the U.S.S.S. Hall Of Fame in 1972 for her contributions is Synchronized Swimming. In 1978 Margaret Swan married Harry Forbes and disbanded the team to concentrate on family matters. Margaret authored the book Coaching Synchronized Swimming Effectively in 1984.

In 1986 two former Cygnets, Nancy Doyle and Linda Lampe reorganized the team. With Nancy's expertise the new team quickly learned the skills necessary to compete against the established teams in Houston and Dallas. Nancy Doyle left the Team in 1989 and Kara Lindemann became head coach. By 1990 the Team was again taking first place awards at the South Zone Championships. In the 1990-1991 season Linda Lampe had became the head coach and the team was on their way to victory again. Melodie Wallace joined the team as a coach in 1998 and the teams have continued to be strong. The Cygnets of San Antonio team has competed at the National Age Group Championships in Solo, Duets and Trios since 1993. The team currently has swimmers nationally ranked in Solo, Duet andFigure competition. Others will most likely follow in the coming years.

As an interesting side note, the Swan's Landing Apartments on Perrin-Beitel road is the former location of Margaret Swan's home where she had a full size pool and held all the Cygnets' practices while she was coaching.