PTX hall of fame
PTX goes to college!
Mary Wodka Dettmer
After winning an AAU Junior Olympics 15-16 national solo title with PTX in 1989, Mary left Texas to swim for the Santa Clara Aquamaids and the US National Team, being honored as a USSS First Team All-American from 1992-1996. She placed first in team at the 1991 Pan-American Games, was the 1992 US Senior Open solo and duet champion, and was a Senior National champion in 1993, 1994, and 1995 with Santa Clara. Prior to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Mary was on the Olympic Team training squad, becoming the first alternate to Team USA's gold-medal winning team routine.
The daughter of founding Head Coach Patti Barton, Carrie's 15-16 solo national title in 1993 was PTX's first at Age Group Nationals. That summer, she traveled to Leeds, Great Britain for the FINA World Junior Championships as a member of the US Junior National team, where they placed fourth in team. Carrie went on to swim for the Santa Clara Aquamaids in California, where she earned silver medals in solo and duet at the 1997 US Senior Nationals and placed first in team at Senior Nationals from 1996-1999.
Internationally, Carrie also helped lead the US National team to finals at the 1997 FINA World Cup in Guangzhou, China (7th in solo, 6th in duet and 5th in team); to silver at the 1998 Goodwill Games and 1999 Pan-American Games; to third-place (team) and fourth-place (duet) finishes at the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth, Australia; and to finish third overall (5th in duet and 4th in team) at the 1999 FINA World Cup in Seoul, Korea.
An eight-time member of the US National Team, Carrie achieved a lifelong goal by competing for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney (fifth in team). Her synchro career accolades include being a USOC Sportswoman of the Year nominee in 1997, a three-time USSS All-American, a USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 2000 as a member of the Olympic team, and finally, induction into the USA Synchro Hall of Fame in 2008.
Shannon Montague Gordon
A 1991 AAU Junior Olympic National 13-14 duet champion (with Carrie Barton), 1993 J.O. 13-14 solo champion, and a 1993 Age Group National 15-16 duet runner-up (with Barton), Shannon was a three-time member of the US Junior National team while at PTX, placing fourth in team at the 1995 FINA Junior World Championships in Bonn, Germany and first in team at the 1996 American Cup Junior Championships. Additionally, Shannon was honored as one of the top-five finalists for the Dial Award, which recognized the top high-school athletes in the country who excel in both athletics and academics. She ended her successful PTX career by winning the 1997 US Senior Open duet title with partner Victoria Bowen.
Shannon competed for Stanford University from 1998-2001, winning a collegiate trio title with 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Heather Pease Olson in 1998, a collegiate team title in 1999 and a collegiate solo title in 2000 (over former duet partner Bowen of OSU); becoming a four-time Collegiate All-American; and helping The Cardinal to win national collegiate championships in 1998 and 1999. After capping off a successful collegiate career as USSS's 2001 Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Stanford synchro team captain and the 2001 Stanford Athletic Board's Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, Shannon went on to serve as Stanford synchro's assistant coach for five years, leading the team to win national collegiate championships in 2005 and 2006.
A 1995 Age Group National 14-15 solo champion and member of the 1997 US Junior National Team that placed third in team at the FINA World Junior Championships in Moscow, Russia, Victoria won the US Open Senior solo title in 1999 and the US Open Senior duet title with two different PTX partners - Shannon Montague (1997) and Sara Lowe (1999). After leaving Texas for college, she defended her 1999 US Open Senior solo and duet titles in 2000 as a member of the Columbus Coralinas.
In college, Victoria swam for the Ohio State University, the most decorated varsity synchronized swimming program in the country. A three-time USSS Collegiate All-American and four-time USSS Academic All-American at Ohio State, Victoria won collegiate team national titles from 2000-2003, a collegiate solo national title in 2003, a collegiate Technical "A" Elements title in 2003, and the 2003 Collegiate High-Point Award, helping the Buckeyes to win the collegiate national championship all four years while she was a student athlete. In 2003, OSU Co-Captain Victoria also placed third in solo and team for the school at US Senior Nationals. Additionally, she was OSU's 2003 Female Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner for attaining the highest proficiency in both athletics and academics.
Sara Lowe Lilly
Sara swam for PTX for five years, culminating in a 1999 US Senior Open duet title with Victoria Bowen. In 1999, Sara moved on to compete for the Santa Clara Aquamaids in California, with whom she won Junior National solo, duet and team titles, multiple Senior National team titles, and made the junior and senior US National teams, competing at the 2000 American Cup Junior Championships (3rd in duet and 2nd in team), the 2001 FINA Junior World Championships (6th in duet and 5th in team), the 2002 German Open (1st in team and 4th in solo), the 2002 Zurich FINA World Cup (3rd in team), the 2003 Pan-American Games (1st in team), the 2003 Rome Open (1st in team), the 2003 FINA World Championships (3rd in team), and the 2005 FINA World Championships (4th in duet and team).
In 2004, Sara was a member of the US Olympic Synchro team that won the bronze medal in Athens. The Olympic team was also honored as USA Synchro's 2004 Athletes of the Year, and were nominated as the USOC's Sportswomen of the Year. Following her Olympic experience, Sara swam for Stanford University, where she served as captain for three years, became a four-time Collegiate All-American and four-time Collegiate Nationals High-Point Athlete, was Stanford's Female Athlete of the Year and the USSS Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 2008 as a senior, was nominated for USOC Sportswoman of the Year in 2007 and in 2008, was again named a USSS Athlete of the Year (2007), and helped the Cardinal to win four-straight collegiate championships (2005-2008), including titles in solo (2006, 2007 and 2008), duet (2005-2008), trio (2005, 2007 and 2008) and team (2005 and 2006) as well as Senior National titles in solo, duet and team. The 2008 Stanford squad was also the first collegiate team to win a US Senior National championship, sweeping all three routine events to share that year's title with Santa Clara.
After her unprecedented collegiate career, Sara was a volunteer and assistant coach for Stanford's synchro team from 2009-2012, the US 13-15 National Team manager, an assistant coach of the 11-12 US National team (2010 UANA Championships), and the Junior National team head coach (2011 UANA Championships) before becoming Stanford's head coach in 2013. In her first year at the helm of Stanford's program, they won the school's seventh collegiate national championship. That summer, she served as the US Senior National Team Head Coach at both the World University Games in Kazan, Russia and the 2013 FINA World Championship in Barcelona, Spain. Sara was named 2013's USA Synchro Coach of the Year and was inducted into the USA Synchro Hall of Fame in September 2013 for her previous accomplishments as an athlete. She continues to coach at Stanford while also serving as the US 12 and Under National team head coach.
Cassidy Ramage Crew
Cassidy swam with PTX for five years before moving to California to compete with the Riverside Aquettes. At Riverside, she became a Junior National trio champion in 2002 and earned a spot on the 2002 US Junior National Team, competing in the Junior World Championships before qualifying for the US National Team II squad the next summer. Cassidy competed collegiately for Stanford University, where she was a three-time Collegiate All-American and became a five-time USSS All-American. At Stanford, Cassidy reunited with former Pirouette Sara Lowe, and both swam under assistant coach Shannon Montague, also a former Pirouette. Cassidy and team won the National Collegiate Championship in 2005.
After college, Cassidy returned to Texas and served on the PTX coaching staff while attending SMU Dedman School of Law. She coached for the Carolina Synchro Club in Huntersville, North Carolina for 5 years before returning back to her PTX roots, where she currently coaches.
Mary was named PTX's "Most Improved" athlete during the 2003 season --- and she continued to make strides on the national scene. When she finally won a 14-15 Age Group National solo title and made her first national team in 2005, Mary moved to California to compete for the Santa Clara Aquamaids, where she won 2006 Age Group duet and figures national titles and US Junior Open duet and figures titles to become the 2006 Santa Clara High Point Award for the junior and 14-15 age groups.
With Santa Clara, Mary won Junior National solo (2008), duet (2008), trio (2007) and team (2007) titles; Senior National solo (2010) and team (2009) titles (2009 Senior National High Point Award); and swam solo and team for US National Team II (2007), solo, duet and team for the US Junior National team (2008), and solo, duet and team for the US Senior National team (2009-2012).
As a National Team athlete, Mary began to make a name for herself internationally. At the 2006 Rome Open, she and her junior national teammates placed third in combo and fourth in team routine; at the 2007 Swiss Open, she placed fourth in solo. In 2008, Mary placed eighth in solo, ninth in duet and ninth in team at the FINA World Junior Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia and sixth in solo at the Rome Open. In 2010, she placed sixth in team at the FINA World Cup in Changshu, China, fourth in solo at the China Open, and third in solo at the Spanish Open. In 2011, Mary earned silver in duet and team at the Pan-American Games; ninth in tech duet and tech team and tenth in free team at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China; second in duet, third in team and fourth in duet at the Brazil Open; second in duet, fourth in team and fourth in solo at the Barcelona Trophy; sixth in duet at the German Open; and sixth in team at the FINA World Trophy in Beijing, China. Leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Mary's team placed third in both tech and free team at the Spanish Winter Open.
Mary went on to become the youngest-ever member of the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team in 2012, as one of only two synchro swimmers to represent Team USA in London (11th place duet). A four-time USA Synchro Athlete of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014), she is currently the reigning US Collegiate National solo (2013 and 2014), duet (2014) and trio (2014) champion and US Senior National solo (2013 and 2014) and duet (2014) champion competing for Lindenwood University, 2014's top-ranked collegiate team. Mary also competed with the Senior National Team (coached by former Pirouette Sara Lowe) in 2013, placing fourth in solo at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia and tenth in solo at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
A former competitive synchro swimmer, Patti founded PTX in 1985 at the insistence of her nine-year-old daughter, whose beginner synchro class was canceled because it lacked a coach. Fifteen years later, she was able to watch daughter Carrie compete for Team USA in the 2000 Olympics.
The USSS 2001 Developmental Coach of the Year, Patti coached PTX swimmers to win Age Group, AAU Junior Olympic, and US Open national titles, earned multiple South Zone Championships, and helped athletes achieve placements onto several US National teams.
After swimming for PTX from 1988-1994, Megan served on the PTX coaching staff until 2013, coaching at all levels from beginners to Age Group national champions. In 2003, she was the first-ever assistant coach to win the South Zone Coach of the Year award. In 2013, she was named head coach of the University of Incarnate Word's synchronized swimming program in San Antonio, one of the top varsity-level collegiate teams in the country.
Our PTX alum who have gone on to swim and/or coach collegiately (most of whom have won the Collegiate National Championship title and were All-American)!
Shannon Montague Gordon
Cassidy Ramage Crew
Sara Lowe Lilly* (athlete & later coach)
Ohio State University
University of Incarnate Word
Megan Deatherage* (coach)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Kara Morgan Stephens