Synchronized Swim-Instructor Laila Swendsen is retiring after the McKinney Senior Center’s last Christmas Show on Thursday, Dec. 15.
She is a remarkable lady, born in Denmark and moving to the USA. She was a synchronized swimmer and appeared in a movie with Esther Williams. She taught children synchronized swimming in Fort Meyers, Fla.
When she moved to Texas, she instructed Seniors in Aqua Exercise Classes at the Senior Center of McKinney.
That’s were I came in the picture. After telling us about her wonderful Synchronized Swimming career, four of us begged her to teach us. She took on that enormous challenge to teach us Seniors the Basics of Synchronized Swimming and I know it took enormous patience.
Now we are a group of 13 ladies. Laila got me to coach the Swim Team already for some time, but there is no one that could ever replace a VERY SPECIAL LADY like her.