Margaret Swan Forbes
San Antonio native Forbes was born in 1919. From her early efforts at the San Antonio YWCA in the early '60s to her instrumental development and recognition of synchronized swimming as an Olympic sport, Margaret is synonymous with the sport to thousands of swimmers worldwide. Her life-long dedication, revolutionary training techniques, and reputation have been recognized internationally. She worked around the world for three decades serving in many posts, including secretary and chairman of the Synchronized Swimming International-Olympic Committee. With the 1984 publication of “Coaching Synchronized Swimming Effectively,” one could say she literally wrote the book on the sport. She formed and trained the Silver Fins, San Antonio’s first competitive synchronized team, and then the Cygnets, winning national and international recognition. While a professor at San Antonio College, she taught many youngsters to swim, including Olympian Josh Davis. She hosted the Small College State Meet and also is credited with establishing the San Antonio Marlins, one of the nation’s first co-ed teams, which hosted popular Water Extravaganzas each spring. Margaret passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy that includes four children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.