INDIANAPOLIS - Team USA's Rebecca Moody (San Jose, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids) made a strong debut on the world stage Monday, finishing 13th in the synchronized swimming solo free preliminaries at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Moody scored 84.040 points while swimming in the historic Palau St. Jordi arena. She fell short of advancing to Wednesday’s final by just .370 points, although she scored higher than the two competitors ahead of her in artistic impression.
“I was really scared going out there, but everything went away when I hit the water,” Moody said. “It was partly my nerves, partly the fact that I’m competing in my first Worlds against girls who have multiple Olympic and World medals. I’m really happy with how I did.”
“This was Rebecca’s first solo on the world stage. She hasn’t done a solo before at the world level, not even as a Junior,” said Stanford coach Sara Lowe, a Team USA coach. “I think she did a fantastic job. This was a great learning experience for her. I know she’ll take what she got from this experience and grow from it.”
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina was in first with 96.930 points, while China’s Xuechen Huang (95.280) was second and Spain’s Ona Carbonell (94.260) third.
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.