Jan. 06, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS - USA Synchro is proud to announce Mayuko “Mayu” Fujiki as the Head Coach of the 2011 FINA World Aquatics Championship and Pan American National Teams. Fujiki competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as a member of the Japanese National Team and helped lead Japan to a bronze medal in the Team Program. 

Since retiring, Fujiki’s elite level of coaching has landed her positions on the national coaching staffs of countries including Italy, Australia, Japan, Greece and Hungary. During her most recent coaching stint with Spain, she led the Spanish National Team to an overall gold-medal finish to top synchro powerhouse Russia. Her impressive international experience made her the front runner for this position. 

“Mayu brings international experience, a strong background in training and chorography, as well as a high level of competitive success achieved with the Spanish Federation,” commented National Team Director Sandra Mahoney. “She has also a wide range of experience working to develop competitive excellence with several other foreign federations.”

The FINA World Championships and the Pan American Games are highly-important competitions to the U.S. in regards to qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which means that Fujiki is being charged with some high expectations. “The primary goal is continue to develop the competitive excellence in the first National Team: namely, to qualify the team and duet to the 2012 Olympic Games and, secondly, to help in the development of the National Team Pipeline and development of future Olympic Athletes,” Mahoney added.

Fujiki will be training the 2011 US National Team in Indianapolis, home of the USA Synchro National Headquarters and sponsor St. Vincent Sports Performance. “One of the most determining factors for the decision to move the training was our relationship with St. Vincent Sports Performance,” USA Synchro Business Development 
Director Jordan Dillon stated. “They are truly dedicated to help us get our team back on the podium and keep us there.” 

USA Synchro and St. Vincent Sports Performance began their relationship last summer with the short-term training of the U.S. National Junior Team. This is the first time they will be providing long-term services such as nutrition, sports psychology and strength training for a USA Synchro National Team. 

“I think that both parties are really excited to see where we are going to take this," said Dillon. "I have witnessed first-hand their team at work with elite athletes and I am truly confident that we are providing our athletes with the best resources possible,” Dillon remarked.

Fujiki will arrive in Indianapolis on Jan. 11 and will then travel to San Antonio to participate in the Team Trials selection Jan. 14-16.

The 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships will take place from July 16-31, 2011, in
Shanghai and the 16th Pan American Games will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Oct. 14-30, 2011.