Team USA Places Sixth in Duet at German Open

March 15, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS – Team USA took home sixth place in the duet finals of the 2011 German Open, marking the first international competition with members of the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team. Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.) represented the U.S. with a score of 87.49 in the duet free finals, held in Bonn, Germany.

Canada’s Marie-Pierre Boudreau-Gagnon and Elise Marcotte posted a 94.18 to earn the gold medal, while China (94.030) and Japan (91.930) joined them on the medal stand. France (89.46) and Great Britain (87.800) followed.

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 with Spain brought 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.