Mariya Koroleva



Mariya Koroleva is an athlete on the Senior National Team and a coach for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts. She has been a National Team member since 2007 and competed in the 2012 Olympics in the duet event.  She graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a degree in communication and a minor in modern languages and was a four-time Collegiate All-American. Mariya is currently getting her masters degree at the University of San Francisco in sport management. Mariya was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 9.   She holds a dual citizenship and is still fluent in Russian. She loves traveling and exploring other cultures. “In my free time I enjoy cross stitching, baking and catching up on my favorite shows”.

Olympic Experience:

  • 2012 Olympic Games, 11th in women's duets
Career Highlights:
  • 2016 French Open, bronze (duet)
  • 2016 German Open, bronze (duet)
  • 2016 China Open, gold (duet free), silver (duet tech)
  • 2015 Pan Am Games, 3rd (team), 3rd (duet)
  • 2015 China Open, silver (duet)
  • 2015 French Open, 6th (duet)
  • 2015 U.S. National Championships, gold (team)
  • 2014 U.S. National Championships, silver (duet)
  • 2011 Pan American Games, silver (duet, team)
  • 2011 FINA World Trophy, 6th (team)
  • 2011 Collegiate National Championships, 1st (team, duet)
  • 2011 Collegiate National Championships, 2nd (trio), 3rd (duet)

Fun Facts about Mariya
Your favorite song: It changes all the time! But I love "Stereo Love"
Your favorite food: Anything Mexican
Your favorite sport (beside synchro): Football and gymnastics
Your favorite athlete: Andrew Luck because of his incredible humility and work ethic, and Nastia Liukin for her grace and poise
Your inspiration: My mom and my teammates
Your perfect day off: Sleeping in, hanging out with friends, maybe shopping - anything relaxing!
Your favorite movie: "Zoolander" or "Stepbrothers"
Your favorite TV show: I have many. Namely "Grey's Anatomy," "Orange Is The New Black" and "Revenge"

What do people find most interesting about you (other than being a synchro swimmer)? I  have  dual  citizenship  with  the  Russian Federation, I love cross-stitching, I speak three languages and am looking to learn a fourth

If Mariya were … (She would be)
An animal? A monkey
A time of the day? 5 p.m.
A season? Spring
A dessert? Anything chocolate
A brand? Guess
A hot beverage? Chai latte
A metal? Gold
A super hero? Elastagirl
A super power? Breathing underwater ;)
A color? Teal
A city? St. Petersburg
A vacation destination? Anywhere in Europe

Fun Facts: Mariya has dual citizenship (U.S. and Russia). She also loves chocolate and tuna melts

Learn more: 
USA Synchro

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