LONDON – The United States synchronized swimming duet of Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) earned their first trip to the Olympic Games on Friday, placing seventh at the FINA Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.
The U.S. duet scored 88.400 points in Friday’s free routine at the London Aquatics Centre. The duo also scored 88.400 points in the technical routine on Wednesday for 176.800 total points. Russia (195.950), Spain (193.110) and Ukraine (184.890) grabbed the top three spots. Including continental champions from last year, 20 duets have now qualified for the London Games. Four more will be determined Sunday.
Killman and Koroleva first teamed up shortly before the Pan American Games in October 2011. Despite two months of practice as a duet, they won the silver medal in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Caitlin Stewart (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is the U.S. duet alternate.
The U.S. will compete in the team free routine Saturday in its bid for a spot in the Olympics. Team USA stands in sixth place after scoring 88.800 points in Thursday’s technical routine. The top three teams will earn a spot in the Olympic Games.
Russia leads the team standings, followed by Spain, Japan, Ukraine and Italy.
Eight teams and 24 duets will compete at the London Olympics when the synchronized swimming event begins on Aug. 5.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Selection Synchronized Swimming Team includes:
Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas), Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.), Olivia Morgan (Lafayette, Calif.), team captain Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Caitlin Stewart (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Michelle Theriault (North Hills, Calif.) and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.). Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is the alternate.