UANA Pan American Age Group Championships Get Underway

Sept. 03, 2010, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS – The third UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Age Group
Championships-- held in Lima, Peru-- began Thursday with preliminary competition in the solo and duet events. Team USA is represented by the 2010 11-12 and the 13-15 Age Group National Teams.

In the 11-12 solo prelims, Catalina Nedelcu (Riverside, Calif.) finished the day in the first-place position (67.000) ahead of Mexico’s Ana Sanchez (66.200) and Columbia’s Juliana Jaramillo (63.400). In the 13-15 solo preliminary competition, Marisa Tashima of Lafayette, Calif., finished in second place (73.100) behind Mexico’s Arantxa Gonzalez, who posted a 73.800. Canada’s Elizabeth Savard followed with a 72.900.

In the 11-12 duet prelims, Team USA’s Olivia Ekberg and Karen Li posted a 67.700 to finish in first place before Mexico (66.600). In the 13-15 duet prelims, Team USA's Rachel Hyon and Marisa Tashima scored a first-place mark of 75.900, followed by Canada (75.500) and Mexico, who tied for second place.

The solo and duet champions will be crowned Saturday, Sept. 4. Friday’s action will consist of the team prelims and the figures competition. Sunday will be highlighted by the team finals and the combination routine.

The 11-12 National Team is coached by Julie Thaden and Sara Lowe (2004 U.S. Olympic Team Member) and has been training in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the Olympic Training Center.

2010 USA Synchro 11-12 National Team:
Emma Burns (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Olivia Ekberg (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Natalie Fletcher (Concord, Calif.)
Julia Li (Mesa, Ariz.)
Karen Li (San Jose, Calif.)
Catalina Nedelcu (Riverside, Calif.)
Marissa Ricks (Mesa, Ariz.)
Eryn Schmisseur (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Leilah Talukder (Los Gatos, Calif.)
Arina Yu (Cypress, Calif.)

The 2010 13-15 National Team is coached by Tammy McGregor (1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Member) and Yuka Yeh. They have been training in Pleasant Hill, Calif., at Diablo Valley College.

2010 USA Synchro 13-15 National Team: 
Emma Baranski (Hamden, Conn.)
Emily Drew (Bothell, Wash.)
Julia Grizanti (Tonawanda, N.Y.)
Lorraine Hack (Olympia, Wash.)
Alyssa Hoying (Indianapolis)
Rachel Hyon (Cypress, Calif)
Jamie Kuchan (Mesa, Ariz.)
Shiree Lee (Cerritos, Calif.)
Isabella Park (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.)
Sarah Rodriguez (San Antonio)
Suying Rothrock (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
Marisa Tashima (Lafayette, Calif.).

Each Team was named in Indianapolis in May and has been training together since June. Results can be accessed from Please contact Taylor Payne at or 317-507-3410 for more information concerning the 2010 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Teams.