On This Day in IUPUI History: July 15, 1983

July 15, 1983

On this day, the United States synchronized swimming team performed at the recently opened (in 1982) IUPUI Natatorium accompanied by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Called "A Classical Splash," promoters dubbed the event a "dynamic combination" of the Olympic sport and art to "recreate the aura of [Hollywood movie star] Esther Williams' [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer aquatic movie] extravaganzas." It served as a fundraiser for U.S. Synchronized Swimming, which had recently moved its headquarters to Indianapolis to take advantage of the Natatorium and the city's enthusiasm for amateur sports.

Classical Splash event at Natatorium, 1983 783-1692-073

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