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USAAS sees large numbers for Senior National Team Selection Event

By Emily Falkenberg | July 27, 2020, 5:13 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, ColoOn August 8-9, USAArtistic Swimming(USAAS) will hold a selection event to increase the members of the Senior National Team from nine to 12. With only three spots available, USAAS is thrilled that over 30 athletes have registered to pursue their Olympic dream. The last time the organization had this many athletes tryout for the Senior National Team was in 1999.

 

This large turnout can be attributed to the talents of Andrea Fuentes and her staff's creativity, connection with the athletes, andpassion for the sport. When Fuentes and her staff took the helm of the USA Artistic Swimming National Team, they were determined to not only bring the U.S. back to a world power in the sport, but to change the culture of artistic swimming in America.

 

With their athlete first mentality and creation of a training program that fosters growth in and out of the pool, they have done just that.And athletes across the nation have taken notice and want to be a part of it.Fuentes said this is exactly what she wanted to see happen when she came to the U.S.

 

“To see that so many people are inspired by the National Team is the best thing I can ask for as a coach,” Fuentes said. “People want to start taking part of the project instead of observing from the outside, and this is the best sign of a healthy and inspirational National Team.”

 

Below is the list of athletes registered for the Selection Event

  • Alison Williams

  • Alyson Haylor

  • AnnaShukhter 

  • Anya Melson

  • AtiraO'Neil

  • BiancaHofstatter

  • Caitlyn Close

  • Camryn Carrasco

  • Claudia Coletti

  • Elisa Brunel

  • Elizabeth Davidson

  • Ella Sharon

  • Emily Ding

  • Gabriella Terry

  • Hannah Halberg

  • Ivy Davis

  • Janneke Dirven

  • Julia Paradis

  • Juliana Silva

  • KeanaHunter

  • Liza Jacobson

  • Maxie Zimmerman

  • Megumi Field

  • Natalia Vega

  • NicoleDzurko

  • Olivia Li

  • UliaAhn

  • Valentina Terry

  • Yara Elian

  • YujinChang

  • Zenobia Chevalier-Mossman

 

She believes the team is in extremely capable hands to succeed with her coaching staff, and she is already planning and ready to meet the three athletes who will join the team in August.

 

“New personalities bring new strengths, creative abilities, and ideas” Fuentes added. “The team is excited, and we cannot wait to meet them and grow together in the quest for Tokyo.”

 

It is safe to say that under the direction of Fuentes and company, USAAS has seen a renewed interest in the Olympic team, and Fuentes said she could not be happier to see her vision come together.

 

“They see the possibilities of this team and are hungry to be a part of it,” Fuentes said. “Having athletes fighting to be a part of this team is the best thing a country could wish for.”