Team USA attempts to qualify for London Games at Olympic Qualification Tournament this week
INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. national synchronized swimming team will attempt to qualify for the 2012 London Games when it competes at the FINA Olympic Games Synchronized Swimming Qualification Tournament in London, April 18-22.
Team USA will be competing to earn spots in the team and duet competitions at the London Aquatics Centre this week. Nine countries are vying for three qualification places in the team competition. Any country that qualifies in the team event automatically qualifies a duet. The next best-ranked duets will qualify until the maximum number of 24 duets is reached.
Eight teams and 24 duets will compete at the London Olympics when the synchronized swimming event begins on Aug. 5. Five countries have already qualified teams (and duets) during 2011 by being the top-ranked squad at their respective continental championships. The teams that have already qualified are Canada, China, Australia, Egypt and Great Britain (as host nation).
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Selection Synchronized Swimming Team includes:
Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas), Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.), Olivia Morgan (Lafayette, Calif.), team captain Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Caitlin Stewart (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Michelle Theriault (North Hills, Calif.) and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.). Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is the alternate.
The U.S. duet is comprised of Mary Killman and Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.), who won a silver medal last year at the Pan American Games in their first competition together. Caitlin Stewart is the duet alternate.
The U.S. earned two bronze medals in its most recent competition at the Spanish Open in February. Last year, Team USA won two silver medals in team and duet at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Coach Mayuko “Mayu” Fujiki is in her second year with the U.S. team. Fujiki, a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist for Japan, helped lead Spain to two silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games and a gold medal finish at the 2010 FINA World Trophy.
The U.S. spent last week training at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, where it performed an exhibition before a sell-out crowd of more than 2,000 fans.
Olympic Qualification Tournament schedule*
Wednesday, April 18: Duet technical, 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 19: Team technical, 3 p.m.
Friday, April 20: Duet free first round (final), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 21: Team free, 3 p.m.; victory celebration, 4:19 p.m.
Sunday, April 22: Duet free second round (lowest ranked duets compete for last remaining qualification places), 3 p.m.
* All times local
Countries competing at Olympic Qualification Tournament Teams:
Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain**, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Korea, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela
Brazil, France, Great Britain**, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United States
** As host country, Great Britain has already qualified its team and duet for the Olympic
Please contact Dax Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-287-9403 for more information
concerning the 2012 U.S. National Team.