Tchekmarev Walnut Creek Menomonee Falls win titles at US Open Synchronized Swimming National Championships

July 14, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLISU.S. swimmers held their own against tough international 
competition Saturday in the senior finals of the 2012 U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming 
National Championships in Henderson, Nev. 

Alexa Tchekmarev, a U.S. Junior National Team member, won the solo championship 
for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, finishing with 160.090 points. Monica Sarai Avango
(159.770) of Columbia was second and Sarah Rodriguez (152.620) of the Santa Clara 
Aquamaids was third. 

In the duet, Brazil’s Beatriz Feres and Branca Feres took first with 159.030 points. 
Jennifer Cerquera and Ingrid Cubillos (157.570) of Miami Waves Synchro earned 
silver and Quebec’s Kelly Hersh and Haley Ricci (152.960) won bronze. 

In the team finals at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, the Menomonee Falls Dolphinettes 
(73.530) won gold, followed by Mexico (71.830) and the South Florida Fusion (70.020). 

In the open combo finals, the Walnut Creek Aquanuts outclassed the field with 82.5400 
points. Mexico (77.9800) was second and the British Columbia Aquasonics (76.5400) 
finished third. 

U.S. Junior Open results 

The U.S. Junior Open duet finals were held Friday, with U.S. swimmers grabbing the top 
three spots. Rachel Hyon, a U.S. National Team member, and Isabelle Park (149.8210) 
of the La Mirada Aquabelles teamed up to win gold. Santa Clara’s Rebecca Moody, also 
with the U.S. Junior National Team, and Karensa Tjoa (149.3580) took second. Walnut 
Creek’s Tchekmarev and Rina Horii (148.4220) finished third. In the junior solo finals Thursday, Quebec’s Myriam Sabourin (149.2300) edged Indy Synchro’s Alyssa Hoying (147.8470) and Ohio Synchro’s Noelle St. John (144.1690) for the title. 

The U.S. swept the junior trio finals, with Walnut Creek (Horii, Sarah Louise House and 
Elisabeth Welzien) scoring 145.109 points to win the title. Indy Synchro (Victoria 
Baron, Jessica Giannuzzi, Natalie Huibregtse) was second with 142.789 points. MAC 
Synchro (Courtney Hall, Madeleine Terry, Elizabeth Wiita) had 140.280 points for 
third. 

Quebec (147.1740) won the U.S. Junior Open team finals on Saturday, with Mexico 
(146.0280) finishing second and Ontario (142.9350) third. 

Olympic Exhibition 

The U.S. Open National Championships featured an exhibition by the U.S. Olympic duet 
of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva on Friday and Saturday. It was their final 
showing in the U.S. before heading to the London Games, where they will compete Aug. 
5-7.
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