The U.S. synchronized swimming team followed up a strong performance Thursday with an even stronger one Friday in La Mirada, California.
The team, comprised of many young swimmers also on the junior national team, placed third in the team free portion of the Synchro America Open, the eighth stop of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series. The U.S. had a score of 84.3333, which followed Ukraine (91.6667) and Canada (86.9667).
The U.S. placed fourth in the team technical program Thursday.
Members of the team competing Friday were Grace Alwan, Yara Elian, Nicole Goot, Hannah Heffernan, Cassandra Neeley, Daniella Ramirez, Abbygayle Remmers and Emmanuella Tchakmakjian.
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Also Friday, the U.S. finished third in the combo free with a score of 83.5667. Ukraine won the gold medal and was followed by Japan. The combo free team included the eight from the team free plus Paige Areizaga and Ruby Remati.
The U.S. team also competed at the World Series stops in Japan, China and Canada this season, earning four medals in China.
Saturday’s competition includes finals in solo, duet and mixed duet.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.