Established in 1985 by Patti Barton, the Pirouettes of Texas (PTX) is the oldest and most recognized synchronized swimming club in North Texas. Hailing from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, participants range from beginners to national-level competitors.
In our 33-year history, PTX has won nine South Zone Championships, captured 15 national titles and produced finalists at Age Group Nationals, the AAU and US Junior Olympic Nationals, US 13-15, Junior and Senior Nationals, the US Masters Championships and the US Open. Seven athletes who started out with PTX swam for US National teams — with three later moving on to compete for Team USA at the Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2012).
Now led by Head Coach Soohee Shim, the team works to promote the sport of synchronized swimming through identifying and developing the next generation of talented athletes, and instill its members with confidence, discipline, sportsmanship and poise.
PTX Coaching staff
All of our coaches are certified by USA Synchro and hold current CPR/First Aid and SafeSport credentials.
Soohee is a lifelong synchronized swimmer who has been involved with the sport at a high level for several decades. Her synchro resume includes captaining the 1988 Korean Synchro National Team (which demonstrated at the Seoul Olympic Games) and serving as head coach of the Korean Synchro National Team I, which earned first place in duet and second place in solo at the 1997 World Junior Championships and ninth place in team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
More recently, she was assistant head coach for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, where she pulled double duty as assistant coach for U.S. National Team II. Soohee was also the head coach of the Sacramento Synchronized Swimming team for two years, developing the team to place fifth at the U.S. Open.
Soohee lives with her husband and two kids in west Plano, where she participates in Dallas-area activities like yoga, tennis, hiking and eating out at Texas BBQ restaurants.
Medley is in her 12th year of coaching with PTX. Born and raised in Texas, Medley started synchro with the Pirouettes when she was nine and retired as a nationally competitive swimmer 13 years later. Some of her career highlights include: placing fourth in the team competition at U.S. Senior Open in 2001, winning the South Zone high point trophy multiple times in a row, losing it, and getting it back again; going to Senior Nationals several times with duet partner Jessica Jenkins and team; and winning first and second place at Masters Nationals in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In addition, Medley performed professionally as a synchronized swimmer in Sea World San Antonio’s Viva show when she was 21.
When not coaching, Medley works as a personal trainer and runs private swim lessons at clients' homes, teaching little ones how to swim and enjoying the outdoors. She graduated in May 2012 with a B.S. in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and is contemplating returning to school to further her education.
Cassidy has returned to her synchro roots here at PTX. She began synchro after seeing a poster at a swim meet at the age of 11, and has been involved with the sport ever since. She swam with PTX for 5 successful seasons before moving to California to compete with the Riverside AQuettes for her final 2 years of high school. She swam with Team USA on the Junior National Team, and then went on to swim for Stanford University. There Cassidy helped her team become Collegiate National Champions in 2005.
After graduating from Stanford, Cassidy came back to help coach PTX while attending law school at SMU University. She later moved to North Carolina and coached the newly formed Carolina Synchro Club in Charlotte. Cassidy has since returned to the PTX coaching staff, and loves the full circle her synchro life has taken.
Cassidy lives in Plano with her husband and two young daughters, both of whom are regular visitors to practices! She loves new adventures, and supporting Stanford and Dallas sports teams.
Beth was born in Michigan and lived in several Midwestern states before moving to Dallas in 1983. Her daughter, Claire, joined PTX in 2000 and was a member for 10 years. During that time, Beth held a variety of volunteer jobs including several positions on the board, club representative, team mom, official, and meet manager before becoming the coach of the 12 & Under team.
When not at the pool, Beth enjoys watching HGTV, the Food Network and most sporting activities, going to the movies, traveling and spending time with family.
Laura was introduced to synchro through her daughter, Rebecca, who joined PTX in 2005 after two years with a recreational class. Laura has taken on a myriad of roles with the team ever since, from hospitality, timing and meet help to suit decorating and headpiece production — and finally progressing to judging. At age 45, she decided to try the sport out for herself and found it to be one of the most fun activities she had ever done.
Over the years, Laura has attended multiple association, regional, Zone and national-level meets, judged multiple meets up to the zone level, and swum in two masters national championships (three ribbons hanging on her wall). Laura attended the USA Synchro Coaches College, has served as Association tech chair for three years, and is on the nominating committee at Convention as a South Zone representative. She appreciates all the opportunities being connected with this team has brought her and hopes to introduce that joy to her youth classes and new Masters swimmers.
Erika is a life-long synchronized swimmer. She swam for 18 years as a
member of the Troy Sculpins in Troy, New York and collegiately for Keuka College. She has coached at the Age Group and Collegiate levels, and has taught swimming lessons. Erika is currently a CCP2 Level coach.