US Swimmers Win Numerous Medals at UANA Pan American Championships

Aug. 13, 2018, 3 p.m. (ET)

Photo by Ludmila Goot

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – U.S. athletes finished with 14 medals – including nine golds – at the UANA Pan American Artistic Swimming Championships, which ended Saturday.

 

The U.S. Senior National Team won the team free and team tech finals, and the 12 & Under National Team won the team free final at the championships.


Members of the U.S. 12U team added two more golds, as Elizabeth Fullen (Cincinnati, Ohio) won solo and Elle Santana (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Gianna Bonacorso (Rocklin, Calif.) won duet free. The U.S. also won the 13-and-over combo free event.

 

U.S. Senior National Team members Yara Elian (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.) won the senior duet free. Remati and Nicole Goot (San Jose, Calif.) won silver in senior duet tech.

 

Swimmers from the U.S. 13-15 National Team added two more silver medals. They finished second in the team free final, and Chiara Steele (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Marilyn Weaver (San Jose, Calif.) took second in the duet final.

 

The La Mirada Aquabelles were well represented as well in the junior events, earning four medals. Noelle Song led the way, taking gold in solo tech, bronze in the solo free and teaming with Aivan Nguyen to earn another gold in the duet free final. Nguyen and Elizaveta Polyakova earned silver in duet tech.

 

The U.S. Junior National Team duet of Natalie LaGrone (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Reverie Nedde (Andover, Mass.) placed third in both the junior duet free and duet tech events. Maya Kusnecov of the Nevada Desert Mermaids placed third in junior solo tech.

 

U.S. Senior National Team members who competed at the championships include: Grace Alwan (Andover, Mass.), Paige Areizaga (Palm Coast, Fla.), Yara Elian (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Nicole Goot (San Jose, Calif.), Hannah Heffernan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cassandra Neeley (Williamsville, N.Y.), Daniella Ramirez (Miami, Fla.), Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.), Abby Remmers (Sugar Land, Texas), Lindi Schroeder (Andover, Mass.) and Emmanuella Tchakmakjian (New Canaan, Conn.).

 

U.S. Junior National Team 2 members who competed at the championships were Natalie LaGrone (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Reverie Nedde (Andover, Mass.).

 

The U.S. 13-15 National Team includes: Miko Begossi (Alamo, Calif.), Yujin Chang (San Jose, Calif.), Emily Ding (Cupertino, Calif.), Marlena King (Clayton, Calif.), Olivia Li (New Canaan, Conn.), Chiara Steele (Santa Clara, Calif.), Megan Tappe (New Canaan, Conn.), Gabriella Terry (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Ashlyn Wang (Chandler, Ariz.) and Marilyn Weaver (San Jose, Calif.).

 

The U.S. 12U National Team includes: Gianna Bonacorso (Rocklin, Calif.), Perry Daniel (Santa Clara, Calif.), Elizabeth Fullen (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jennah Hafsi (Tampa, Fla.), Audrey Kwon (Bellevue, Wash.), Viola Li (New Canaan, Conn.), Elle Santana (Gilbert, Ariz.), Aubrey Shen (Cresskill, N.J.), Nathalia Valdez (Flower Mound, Texas) and Lillian Weber (Tampa, Fla.).

 

For results from the UANA Pan American Championships, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/2018/August/06/2018-UANA-Championships.