Team USA Grabs Third at Brazil Open

June 06, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2011 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team swam into action last weekend at the first-ever Brazil Open, held in Rio de Janeiro at the Julio de Lamare Aquatic Centre.

In the solo tech competition, Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) captured a second-place finish with a score of 88.225. Canada’s Marie Pier Boudreau-Gagnon took first with a 93.813. In the duet tech, Killman teamed up with Lyssa Wallace (San Antonio, Texas) for a fourth-place finish with an 88.913. Canada took the top spot with a 93.913, followed by Brazil (89.476) and France (89.176).

Team USA snagged third-place finishes in both the team free (177.426) and team tech (88.063). Canada took first place (188.389) while France took second (177.764).

The 2011 National Team is coached by Mayuko “Mayu” Fujiki. Fujiki competed for Japan and earned a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Fujiki has served on the coaching staffs of Italy, Australia, Japan, Greece, Hungary and most recently Spain, where she led the 2010 Spanish National Team to an overall Gold Medal finish to top synchro-powerhouse Russia at the FINA World Trophy.

The 2011 National Synchronized Swimming Team will also represent the United States at the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships later this year. The elite international competition, which features all four aquatics sports, will take place July 16-31 in Shanghai, China.

The 2011 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team includes:
Christiana Butera (El Cajon, Calif.), Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), Heidi Homma (Orinda, Calif.), Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas), Jourdan Meltzer (Oakland, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.), Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Brooke Taylor (Las Vegas, Nev), Lyssa Wallace (San Antonio, Texas) Katy Wiita (Vancouver, Wash.) and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.).

Please contact Taylor Payne by email or at 317-507-3410 for more information concerning the 2011 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team.