South West Aquatic Sports
The Tucson Sun Rays was founded in 1984 by head coach, Patty Olstad. A member of the 1981 Collegiate National Championship U of A varisty synchronized swim team, Patty is a member of the U of A Athletic Hall of fame. She is also credited with creating and implementing the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation synchronized swimming program which she directed for seventeen years. Curently she is the Aquatic director for South West Aquatic Sports and teaches chemistry at University High School.
Assistant coaches for the Sun Rays include;
Eileen Hartig, an Occupational therapist for St Joseph's hospital and TUSD. Eileen was a founding member of the Tucson Sun Rays as a swimmer from 1984 though 1989. She was a member of the U of A synchronized swimming club team which placed 4th at the Intercollegiate championships and she taught synchronized swimming for the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation for several years.
Joyce Pietras, a FINA A judge, and coach for over 30 years in Tacoma, Washington. Joyce has many State, Regional and National championship wins creditied to her teams. She has coached several collegiate schoalrship winners and US national team members.
Margo Erickson, US Synchronized Swimming Technical Director for fifteen years. Margo's experience spans across the globe with coaching positions in Canada, Mexico, Italy and the US. She was the primary author of the US Synchronized swimming coaching manual. As a member of the Olympic staff for Synchronized swimming, Margo has participated in six Olympic games. Including our Gold Medal Team performance in Atlanta in 1996.
Ashley Justus, member of the Tucson Sun Rays team 2007 & 2008, Ashley is an education major at Northern Arizona University. She coaches swimming for South West Aquatics, Green Hills team, teaches learn to swim lessons and coaches the Summer Sun Ray camp program..
The Sun Rays offers girls and women a unique opportunity for competition, fitness and fun.
Join us today for a great team experience lead by a staff of coaching professionals with unmatched experience.
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