SSU Employee Aurore Simmonet Competes in World Masters Synchronized Swimming Competition

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Simonnet representing Santa Rosa's Redwood Empire Synchronized Swimming Club competed in the solo and duet categories. She placed 8th out of 28 competitors. She won the third place medal in the duet category.

Simonnet had partnered with Frank Nides from Facilities Administration in last year's National Masters' Synchronized Swimming where they won gold medals. Since FINA, which sets the rules for the international swimming competition does not allow men to participate in the synchronized swimming competition, Simonnet partnered with team mate Christine Schroeder to win the bronze.

"After working hard with Frank at Nationals, I was sad and disappointed we could not carry on to World Masters," says Simonnet.

There is an online campaign to get FINA, started by Simonnet, to allow men to participate in the next World Masters Synchronized Swimming Competition to be held in Montreal, Canada. The campaign can be found at and

"Given the chance, I would like to participate in international meets," says Nides.

When not making space art for NASA, Simonnet can be found at the SSU pool during open rec swimming hours honing her swimming skills.