INDIANAPOLIS – Team USA's Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas/Lindenwood University) swam to a 10th-place finish in solo technical Saturday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Killman, a 2012 Olympian, scored 87.300 points in the final. She was in ninth place after the prelims with 88.100 points.
“I had a lot more energy tonight than I had this morning,” Killman said. “I was able to go out, do what came naturally and enjoy this swim versus having to think too hard about it.”
“Mary is an amazingly powerful and emotional swimmer. Her height out of the water and artistic expression are unparalleled,” said Lori Eaton, Killman's coach at Lindenwood University. “There’s a lot of new talent in our sport at the world level, and Mary proved she deserves to be among those top 10. No one in the U.S. can touch her, and I look forward to her continued improvement over the next three years at Lindenwood.”
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina, a double gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, won with 96.800 points. China’s Xuechen Huang (95.500) won silver and Spain’s Ona Carbonell (94.400) grabbed bronze.
Team USA’s Rebecca Moody (San Jose, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids) will compete in the solo free, with the prelim on Monday and the final on Wednesday. Moody, who has twice been appointed to U.S. national teams, won gold medals in duet and team, and silver in solo, at the U.S. Junior National Championships in April.
Universal Sports Network will air synchronized swimming finals every day until July 27. For a complete schedule, visit: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/2013/July/20/2013-FINA-World-Championships.