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Michael Conforto's mom was a gold medal-winning synchronized swimmer

Third-ranked Mets prospect Michael Conforto was called up by the big club this week, making him the 1000th player in the team's history. So far, he's played one game, going 0-for-3 with one RBI, but if his mother's athletic career is anything to go by, he's going to picking up some steam very soon.

Well, maybe that's not the best metaphor, because his mom was a champion synchronized swimmer and steam would mean a fairly unpleasant pool temperature. ANYWAY, Tracie Ruiz-Conforto won two gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics and a silver in Seoul in '88. She was so good in '84 that, according to the New York Times, the Japanese judge awarded her a perfect "10."

She also dominated the Pan American Games in '83 and '87, winning consecutive victories there and presumably dazzling everyone with her sparkly aquatic hair accessories:

Michael Conforto's father is also an athlete - he played football at Penn State and helped his mother train for the Olympics. Michael was a quarterback and safety in high school, so he's already tried one of his parents' sports. Does that mean we'll see some synchronized moves in the outfield?

Well, it wouldn't be the first time:

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