Walnut Creek Wins Bronze in Russia

Dec. 17, 2017, 11:43 p.m. (ET)
The Walnut Creek 11-12 team on the podium for the medal ceremony in Chekhov, Russia.

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts 11-12 team won a bronze medal last weekend at the Russian Matryoshka Age Group Invitational in Chekhov, Russia.

Eleven countries participated in the ninth annual event – its largest showing ever – and the Aquanuts were the first team from the U.S. to attend.

The Aquanuts, representing the U.S., took the bronze in the team event, with host Russia earning gold and Belarus the silver.

“The team bronze was an unexpected highlight for us, but more than that, the competition exceeded our expectations,” said head coach Kim Probst. “The skill level of the athletes was absolutely incredible and so fun and exciting to watch. Our goal was to bring the girls home with renewed inspiration, and coach Olga Kouznetsova and I believe we have a team coming home with a new vision and ready to work hard."

Two duets had their highest scores ever, with Dalia Ovadia and Morgan Woelfel finishing with 75.6667 points (20th place out of 52 duets overall), and Miya Yamamoto and Emma Moore scoring 72.2667 (27th place).

Ovadia placed 23rd out of 53 swimmers in the solo competition, scoring 71.8333 points to Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker."

Team members competing in Russia include: Dalia Ovadia, Morgan Woelfel, Maddisen Akers, Chloe Davitiani, Zoe Eleftheriadis, Miya Yamamoto, Carmen Kawakami and Emma Moore.