US duet in 10th place after Olympic Games tech routine

Aug. 05, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
LONDON – Team USA’s Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Mariya Koroleva
(Concord, Calif.) led off the 2012 Olympic Games synchronized swimming duet
competition Sunday, scoring 87.900 points in the preliminary technical routine at the
London Aquatics Centre. The duo is in 10th place (out of 24 duets) going into Monday’s
preliminary free routine.

The top-12 teams after Monday’s competition advance to Tuesday’s free final. The medal
standings in the final are based on the combined points from the free routine in the final
and the preliminary technical routine.

Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina scored 98.200 points to lead the tech
competition. China’s Xuechen Huang and Ou Liu are second (96.100), and Spain’s Ona
Carbonell Ballestero and Andrea Fuentes Fache are in third place (96.000).

Killman and Koroleva overcame early jitters before making a strong Olympic debut.

“Honestly, I was pretty nervous," Koroleva said. "I knew it was going to be kind of overwhelming walking out there, but as soon as we walked onto the deck, it was sort of a calming feeling that
was also very exhilarating. As soon as we dove in I was thinking, ‘All right, we know what to do, this is our routine.’ We were really happy with our performance, the coach is happy, and we’re ready for tomorrow."

Said Killman: “Being first was actually kind of scary at first. This is our first Olympic
Games, so leading out the entire sport in front of so many people is nerve-wracking. But I
kind of feed off it, I love the excitement.”

The duet totaled 43.700 points in execution and 44.200 in overall impression.
U.S. coach Mayu Fujiki said she was impressed with the duet’s swim to Aretha
Franklin’s “Think.”

“Actually, that was the best I’ve seen them do to the middle of the routine,” she said. “I
was very happy to see them enjoying their swim. That was a very good swim.”

The free routine competition begins Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern. The event can be seen
live at and will be broadcast at 12:45 p.m. Eastern on NBC. The U.S.
duet drew the 22nd spot.

“Mayu said that was our best swim, so for us that’s pretty satisfactory," Koroleva said. "It’s all you can do, just do the best that you can. And I think we did,” Koroleva said. “So we’ll just move into tomorrow and try to have an outstanding free program and then see where we are.”

Full standings can be found at

2012 Olympic Games Synchronized Swimming Remaining Schedule (All times Eastern)

Monday, Aug. 6: Duet free, 10 a.m. TV: NBC (delayed at 12:45 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Duet final, 10 a.m. TV: MSNBC (delayed at 4 p.m.)
All events will also be shown live on