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Becky Dyroen-Lancer - 1996 Olympic gold medalist, synchronized swimming - De Anza & Saddleback colleges

Becky Dyroen-Lancer credits the multiple class offerings at her local community colleges for helping her to become the most decorated synchronized swimmer the United States has ever produced.

"I attended De Anza College from 1989-1993 taking classes part-time and training full-time for the U.S. team," said Dyroen-Lancer, now a synchronized swim team coach in Gainesville, Fla. "I won the team gold medal in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and after the Olympics I moved down to Southern California and took a couple more classes at Saddleback College before transferring to UC Irvine. The California Community Colleges allowed me to train full time as an Olympic athlete and to get through my college general ed."

She became a national team member in 1988, and just three years later at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, she became a solo champion. She later became a solo, duet and team champion at the French Open and team champion at the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Cup, Mallorca Open, and at the Perth World Championships. In 1992, she was the silver medalist at the U.S. Nationals and U.S. Olympic Trials and gold medalist at the Swiss Open in solo, duet, team and figures.

From 1993 until she retired in 1997 she never lost a FINA international competition. In 1994, she was the most decorated athlete at the Rome World Championships, winning gold medals in solo, duet, figures and team. In 1995, she was awarded the FINA Prize, the most prestigious award the international aquatic competition organization presents to a competitor. Dyroen-Lancer is the first and only synchronized swimmer to receive the award.

In 1995, Dyroen-Lancer won solo, duet, team and figures titles at the Pan American Games, FINA World Cup and U. S. National Championships. At the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials she was elected team captain. The only synchronized swimming event at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics was the team event. As team captain, Becky led the U.S. Team to the gold medal with a perfect score of 100. The team’s five-minute routine was entitled "Fantasia on the Orchestra."

Becky was Swimming World magazine's World Synchronized Swimmer of the Year 1993, 1994, 1995; an Amateur Athletic Union Sullivan Award nominee in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and a United States Olympic Committee Top 10 Sportswoman of the Year. She later performed in the popular Cirque du Soleil’s “O” aquatic production "O."

Becky Dyroen-Lancer was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2004. Becky, with husband Kevin Lancer, has three boys – Dyroen, Thomas and William.


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