US falls short in bid to qualify for Olympic Games
LONDON – The United States synchronized swimming team fell short in its bid to
qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing sixth at the FINA Olympic Games
Qualification Tournament on Saturday.
The U.S. scored 89.230 points Saturday in the free routine at the London Aquatics Centre
to finish sixth overall with 178.030 total points. Team USA scored 88.800 points in the
technical routine on Thursday.
Russia (195.910), Spain (193.220) and Japan (186.880) qualified for the London Games.
Team USA’s Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.)
qualified for the Olympic Games as a duet on Friday with a seventh-place finish.
Eight teams and 24 duets will compete at the London Olympics when the synchronized
swimming event begins on Aug. 5. The eight teams are Australia, Canada, China, Egypt,
Great Britain, Japan, Russia and Spain.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Selection Synchronized Swimming Team includes:
(Lafayette, Calif.), team captain Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Caitlin Stewart
(Huntington Beach, Calif.), Michelle Theriault (North Hills, Calif.) and Alison
Williams (Northridge, Calif.). Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is the alternate.