Team USA Remains in Fifth Place in Duet at German OpenINDIANAPOLIS – Team USA remains in fifth place following the duet free and tech prelims at the 2011 German Open. Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.) posted a score of 89.39 in the free prelims competition with Canada (94.82) remaining in the top position. China (93.200), Japan (92.41) and France (89.53) followed.
On Sunday, Killman and Hansley will team up again for the duet free finals. The German Open runs 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. Her most recent coaching stint was with Spain and 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 317-507-3410 for more information concerning the 2011 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team.