Team USA in Fifth Place Position After Duet Tech at German Open

March 11, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS – Team USA finished the tech portion of the duet competition in the fifth place position today at the 2011 German Open. Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Lyssa Wallace (San Antonio, Texas) posted an 87.16, while Canada finished in the top spot with a 92.45. China (91.05) finished in second place, followed by Japan (88.16) and France (87.26). Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), will join Killman in the duet free portion of the competition.

The German Open will run March 9–14 in Bonn, Germany, and marks the first competition showcasing members of the 2011 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team.

The 2011 National Team is coached by Mayuko “Mayu” Fujiki. Fujiki, who competed for Japan, earned a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Fujiki has served on the coaching staffs of Italy, Australia, Japan, Greece, Hungary. During her most recent coaching stint with Spain, she led the 2010 Spanish National Team to an overall gold-medal finish at the FINA World Trophy, where they topped synchro powerhouse Russia.

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.

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), Danielle Kramer (Santa Clara, Calif.), Jourdan Meltzer (Oakland, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.), Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Brooke Taylor (Las Vegas, Nev), Lyssa Wallace (San Antonio, Texas), and Katy Wiita (Vancouver, Wash.).

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