Artistic Swimming

Artistic Swimming

Combine the grace and artistry of dance with the strength and flexibility of gymnastics. Then, add water, and you get one of the most challenging sports out there – artistic swimming. Multnomah Athletic Clubs’s program has been around for more than 50 years and has produced national champions and U.S. Team athletes, while teaching a lifelong love of the sport. The team attends meets in the Western Zone region and sends a squad to the Junior Olympics annually. Holiday parties, socials, and the beloved end-of-season banquet further serve to bond the community in and out of the water.

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Head Synchro Coach: Lucie Svrcinova 
Phone: 503-517-7513

2024 Fall Tryouts:

Girls and boys ages 6-9 are invited to try out for the competitive MAC Synchro team. Interested members should wear a swimsuit and a cap; goggles are optional. We will provide a noseclip. Level 5 of swim lessons is recommended; being comfortable in deep water and going upside down.

Only one day of Tryouts is required.
When: 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Wednesday, Aug. 21,  or Thursday, Aug. 22, 2024 
Where: Sun Deck pool

Note: The West pool is closed during tryouts but, artistic swimming practices are held in the West pool starting mid-September


Lucie Svrcinova - Head Coach

Full-time Head Coach, Lucie Svrcinova, began her synchro career in 1980 as a swimmer, coach, and judge, is a native of Brno, Czech Republic. She came to MAC in late August 2005. Lucie dominated Czech synchro from 1988 - 2000 as an undefeated national champion and represented the national team in many international competitions, placing as high as 9th in solo in the European Championships.

She participated in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and was selected again as a member of the Czech Olympic Team in 1996, although the team did not ultimately qualify for the event. She and her duet partner trained in hopes of securing the 2000 Olympic duet spot. Even though they were beat out by another Czech pair, she was named as the duet "alternate" for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She earned many national and international titles with MAC Synchro Masters including, 2006 World Champion in Trio, 2014 World Champion in Solo and Duet, 2017 Silver medal in Solo at Worlds, 2019 World Champion in Mixed Duet, and 2022 Gold and Silver at Pan American Games.

As a coach, she worked with the Czech National Team and the Czech 8-12 age group squad. She also helped coach a Czech open water swimmer to a 4th place finish at Worlds. Besides Czech, Lucie speaks German, Russian, and English. She earned her degree in physiotherapy.

Lucie is a Level 3 Certified Coach and a Level 2F Judge and works with all levels of the Junior and Masters programs.

Bethany Bragg - Assistant Coach

Full-time Assistant Coach, Bethany Bragg, born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, began her synchro career in 2002 as a swimmer. In 2003, Bethany and her family were part of a small group that created Gardens Synchro, where Bethany competed in five US Age Group Nationals. In her junior year of high school, she joined the Coral Springs Aquacades and competed in US National Championships and US Opens before graduating and attending the University of Central Florida. During her four years at UCF, determined to keep swimming, Bethany banded with a group of women to create the University’s first synchro club and competed in two USA Synchro Collegiate Nationals with them.

Since moving to Oregon in 2018, Bethany has joined and competed with MAC Synchro’s Masters program and won gold with her trio partners and silver with her team at the 2019 US Masters Nationals Championship. Bethany started as a Part-Time Assistant Coach and in the fall of 2019, she transitioned into the Full-Time Assistant Coach position. Bethany is a certified Level 3 Coach and a Level 2 Judge and mainly coaches the Novice and 13-15 Age Group Squads along with the Masters.

Erin King - Assistant Coach

Erin King has been involved with USA Synchro more than 40 years; first as an athlete, then as a coach for age group and collegiate programs, as well as the Puerto Rican National Team in 2002. She competed as an age group and junior swimmer for the Northern Virginia Nereids. After high school graduation, she attended The Ohio State University from 1994-1997. There, she was a three-time All-American and Ohio State captured the National Championship in each of her four seasons on the team. She has been competing as a Masters athlete on and off since 2003. She has been a zone judge since 2005, a national judge since 2011 and a FINA judge since 2015. Erin served as the Oregon Association officials chair from 2005-2013 and again from 2018 to present. Erin is an independent contractor helping clients with environmental due diligence and compliance work when she isn’t busy taking care of her two children and husband in Wilsonville, OR.

M'Liss Stephenson - Assistant Coach

Full-Time Assistant Coach M’Liss Stephenson is thrilled to be returning to the MAC family and the MAC Synchro team! M’Liss is originally from Indianapolis, IN where she was born to two professional ballet dancers. While her world revolved around dance, she also found an additional love for the water. M’Liss began her artistic swimming career with Indy Synchro at the age of 6. As she grew up through the sport, she competed and medaled in US Age Group Nationals, Junior Olympics and US Opens. Following her graduation from a performing arts high school she moved to New York, NY to train and perform with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During her six years of living in the Big Apple, M’Liss was a guest coach and clinician for teams across the US as well as US National teams, bringing her unique blend of dance and athleticism. In 2002 she moved to Portland, OR to be a full-time coach at MAC. During those eight years of coaching, she also competed with the MAC Synchro Masters team in the 2006 World Championships where she won gold in Solo. Simultaneously, she was a founding member of Portland’s Polaris Dance Theatre, where she continued performing professionally, became the school director as well as directed and ran two pre-professional youth companies. M’Liss retired from performing full time and is looking forward to bringing her artistry back to the water. When M’Liss is not in the studio or the water, she enjoys spending time with her wife and two snuggly kittys.


Artistic Swimming Rosters

Isabella (Izzy) Bonsall
Reese Dokken
Madelyn (Maddy) Filppu
Josephine Hillman
Campbell Howsley
Gunnar Lund
Lyra Mertens-Hall
Alexa Navarrete
Dalia Toledo
Sofia Toledo


Ingrid Berg
Peyton Cesena
Evie Grossberg
Ellen Horley
Noemi Huang
Lilian Kaeser
Evelyn Judi (EJ) Kelleher
Grady Kelleher
Rose Meyer
Willow Noonberg
Madeleine Palmer
Anna Rapp
Claire Ruckwardt-Clark
Farrah Savalli-Smith
Cordelia Simpson-Nairn
Jane Vallance


Madeleine Berwind
Sabine Bliss
Seva Desai
Elle Dixon
Lily Hoffman
Kate Latourette
Emerson Oboyle
Mirabelle Souede
Eleanor Souede
Ainsley Schleich
Molly Sweeney


Corah Bogdanoff
Ada Cornett
Petra Daue
Torryn Gentry
Siya Desai
Lily Dixon
Siiri Dubrawsky
Murphy (Wiggy) Kelleher
Clara Rea
Orli Schoenkerman
Violet Sleesman

16 & Over
Sahana Desai
Tuula Dubrawsky
Lucy Herzig
Elizabeth Rocheleau


2023 - 2024 Schedule


Days Dates Meet & Participants Location Venue  
Sat Dec. 9 OAAS Figure and Tech Meet
All Swimmers
Portland, Ore. MAC (West Pool)  
Sat Jan. 27 OAAS Jr/Sr Championships, Youth Invitational, and Novice, Intermediate, and 12-U AG Exhibition

13 & Over,  
Portland, Ore. MAC (West Pool)  
Fri-Sun Feb. 16-18 Cactus Invitational Mesa, Ariz. Kino Aquatics Center 12-U, Youth, & 16 & Over
Sat Feb. 24 OAAS Intermediate Championship
Novice, Intermediate, and 12-U
Portland, Ore. Sunset Swim Center and Novice, 12-U Invitational
Thur-Sun March 7-10 West Zone Championships
13 & Over
Mesa, Ariz. Kino Aquatics Center  
Fri-Sun March 22-24 Classics
Intermediate, 12-U, Youth, and 16 & Over
Tacoma, Wash. University of Puget Sound  
Wed-Sun April 10-14 US Senior/Junior Championship
Must have qualified at West Zone Championships in March
Houston, Texas Cypress Fairbanks ISD Natatorium  
Thurs-Sun April 25-28 Youth Championships
Must have qualified at West Zone Championships in March
Houston, Texas Cypress Fairbanks ISD Natatorium  
Fri May 3 OAAS Novice Fun Meet
Portland, Ore. MAC (West Pool)  
Fri-Sun May 17-19 Regionals
Intermediate and Age Group
Portland, Ore. MAC (West Pool)  
Sat-Sun June 1-2 Blossom
Washington TBD  
Sat-Sat June 29-July 6 U.S. Junior Olympics
Must qualify at Regionals
Gresham, Ore. Mt. Hood CC