Portland Mother-Daughter Team Wins National Synchro Swim Title

Jeanne Newmark, 83, and her daughter Phyllis Newmark, 59, won the gold medal in the duet competition at the U.S. Masters Synchronized Swimming National Championships held Oct. 18-20 in Albuquerque, NM. Teams compete by age group categories determined by the average age of all members of the team. The Newmarks and their Multnomah Athletic Team swim in the age 70-79 category. The Newmarks’ duet routine was choreographed to a song with the Yiddish title “Bei Mir Bistu Shein.” “There was a tremendous outpouring of joy,” Phyllis said. “Everyone had a mother, many were mothers, so they recognized how special it is for us to share this experience.” Next for them and their teammates: the World Synchronized Swimming Competition in Montreal, Canada this August.


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