INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming duet of Mary Killman
and Mariya Koroleva and University of the Incarnate Word coach Kim Wurzel-LoPorto were among the USA Synchro award winners at the recent United States
Aquatic Sports Convention in Greensboro, N.C.
Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) were named USA Synchro’s
Athletes of the Year. The U.S. national team members finished 11th at their first Olympic
Games in August in London. They also won silver in their first competition together, the
2011 Pan American Games, and won gold at the Swiss Open this year. Killman was
named Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row.
Wurzel-LoPorto was named USA Synchro Coach of the Year after leading Incarnate
Word to the high-point title at the 2012 SwimOutlet.com National Championships and a
second-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships. Wurzel-LoPorto has
consistently led the Cardinals to top national finishes.
Kay Davies received the Lillian MacKeller Distinguished Service Award. Over the past
30 years, Davies has served on USA Synchro’s Board of Directors, as National Team
manager and as meet director for the Goodwill Games.
Other award winners:
• Miami University of Ohio won the USA Synchro Community Service Award.
• Heather Tiernan and Kristen Smidstra of the Walnut Creek Aquanuts won the USA Synchro Coaching Merit Award at the Age Group Level.
• Walnut Creek’s Kim Probst won the USA Synchro Developmental Coaching Award.
• San Dieguito Synchro coach Danielle Waite was named the USA Synchro Age Group Developmental Coach of the Year.