Incarnate Word Walnut Creek claim high point titles at SwimOutletcom National Championships

April 15, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

MESA, Ariz. – The University of the Incarnate Word swept Saturday’s events to win the overall senior high-point championship, and the Walnut Creek Aquanuts claimed the junior high point title at the 2012 Synchronized Swimming National Championships at the Kino Aquatic Center. 

Incarnate Word finished with 71 points for the U.S. senior championship, with Stanford (19) second and the Coral Springs Aquacades (17) third. Walnut Creek won the junior high-point award with 78 points. The Santa Clara Aquamaids (56) took second and the New Canaan Y Aquianas (22) finished third. 

This was the first year USA Synchro combined its U.S. Junior Championships (14-18 year olds) and U.S. National Championships (15 and over) into a single event. 

Incarnate Word’s Saki Fujise had a big day Saturday, winning the senior solo free event (170.580), teaming with Inga Gillyer to win duet free (170.300) and joining her teammates at the top of the medal stand after the school won the team finals with a 173.540 score.

Gillyer (169.990) was second in solo free and teammate Rosilyn Maye Tegart (167.510) took third. Stanford won silver and bronze in the duet free, with Madison Crocker and Jessica Guenther (167.100) finishing second and Alexa Bollaidlaw and Kimiko Urata (165.180) third. Tegart was the individual senior high-point winner.

The Arizona Aqua Stars finished second in the team finals with 158.380 points.

Incarnate Word also won Friday’s combination free routine, finishing with 87.470 points. Walnut Creek (87.150) took second and Santa Clara (84.980) was third.

Walnut Creek won two junior events Friday, led by Alexa Tchekmarev. She took the solo free (157.336) and partnered with Alyson Haylor to win the duet free (156.874). On Saturday, Tchekmarev and Haylor helped Walnut Creek win the team free (155.872). 

Full results from the 2012 National Championships can be found at