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