Walnut Creek Aquanuts to represent US at World Trophy

Nov. 27, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS The Walnut Creek (Calif.) Aquanuts will represent the United States
at the FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy in Mexico City Nov. 30-
Dec. 2.

Five members of the 2012 U.S. Junior World Team – Morgan Boneburg, Karina Boyle,
Jamie Kuchan, Sandra Ortellado and Alexa Tchekmarev – will compete in Mexico.
The team will take part in the Thematic Team, Thematic Duet, Highlight Routine and
Free Combo events. Kuchan and Tchekmarev will be the U.S. duet.

This is the seventh annual World Trophy, which will be judged solely on artistic merit.
There will be two panels of judges: six FINA neutral judges and six celebrity judges. The
participating countries are the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Great Britain,
Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.

The U.S. team competing at the 2012 World Trophy in Mexico City:

  • Morgan Boneburg (Clayton, Calif./2012 Junior World Team member)
  • Sophia Bouzos (Walnut Creek, Calif./2012 U.S. Open Champion)
  • Karina Boyle (Walnut Creek, Calif./2012 Junior World Team member)
  • Jasmine Carillo (Walnut Creek, Calif./2011 13-15 National Team member)
  • McKinzie Chelberg (St. Paul, Minn./2011 Junior National Team member)
  • Rina Horii (Walnut Creek, Calif./2012 U.S. Open Champion, 2011 Junior National Team member)
  • Sarah House (Lafayette, Calif./2012 U.S. Open Champion, 2011 Junior National Team member)
  • Jamie Kuchan (Mesa, Ariz./2012 Junior World Team member)
  • Remy Mink (Alamo, Calif./2012 National Age Group Champion)
  • Sandra Ortellado (Walnut Creek, Calif./2012 Junior World Duet and team member)
  • Alexa Tchekmarev (Walnut Creek, Calif./two-time Grand Slam National Champion, 2012 Junior World Team member)
  • Lizzie Welzien (San Ramon, Calif./2012 U.S. Open Champion)

About USA Synchro 
Spectators have been awed by the grace and power of synchronized swimming since the
inception of the sport in the early 1900s. Synchronized swimming requires a unique
combination of overall body strength and agility, grace and beauty, split-second timing,
musical interpretation, stamina and dramatic flair.

The inaugural synchronized swimming U.S. National Championships were held in 1946,
just one year after the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) first recognized the sport. A few
years later, the 1955 Pan American Games included synchronized swimming events, and
the World Aquatic Championships soon followed. After almost 40 years of concerted
effort, synchronized swimming was at last included in the Olympic Games in 1984, with
the United States winning the first solo and duet Olympic gold medals.

Three events are currently recognized internationally in synchronized swimming: solo,
duet and team (eight swimmers). The competitive rules and manner of judging are similar
to such sports as figure skating and gymnastics. In the 1996 Olympics, the team event
replaced solo and duet competition, which had been a part of the Olympic program since
1984. However, the overwhelming demand for tickets and broad television appeal of the
1996 team event prompted the IOC to reinstate the duet event for 2000.

USA Synchro was established as a nonprofit organization in 1977, and is the United
States national governing body for the sport, recognized by the International Olympic
Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federation Internationale
de Natation Amateur) — the international governing federation.

USA Synchro organizes, participates in, and promotes a variety of competitive events
each year. These events begin at the local level and continue in the following categories:
Age Group (12-19), Junior (15-18), Senior and Masters (20+).