Team USA to compete at FINA World Trophy

Dec. 06, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team will compete at the 6th FINA World Trophy in Beijing Dec. 9-11.

The U.S., which recently named its 2012 Olympic Qualification Team, will face Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain at Beijing’s National Aquatics Center (also known as “The Cube”).

“The Trophy Cup has very unique competition, and every year all the teams get more creative,” said U.S. National Coach Mayuko “Mayu” Fujiki. “I’m excited we get to show our new team there. And I would like the girls to absorb the most creative version of synchro competition in the world.”

Team USA won team and duet silver medals at its most recent event, the Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.

“We are very excited to be attending the World Trophy," said National Team Director Sandra Mahoney. "We know that our newly named Olympic Qualification Team will put on strong performances.”

The World Trophy will consist of solo, duet, team and combinations, with scores given for artistic impression only.

The U.S. national team includes: Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas), Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.), Olivia Morgan (Lafayette, Calif.), Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Caitlin Stewart (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Michelle Theriault (North Hills, Calif.), Katy Wiita (Vancouver, Wash.) and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.)