US Duet Finishes 7th on Final Day of Synchro America Open

June 09, 2018, 8:12 p.m. (ET)

Ruby Remati and Yara Elian were seventh in the duet free final Saturday at the Synchro America Open (photo by Liz Corman).


LA MIRADA, Calif. – Team USA’s Yara Elian (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.) finished seventh in duet free Saturday as the Synchro America Open, a leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, came to an end.

Elian and Remati scored 82.3667 points in the free final. Two-time Olympic medalists Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen of China won gold with 92.4667 points. Ukraine’s Anastasiya Savchuk and Yelyzaveta Yakhno finished second at 91.8333, and Japan’s Minami Kono and Yuriko Osawa were third with 90.2000 points.

Scottsdale Synchro’s Alyson Haylor and Xinya Zhang finished eighth (77.7333 points), and Erin Fanning and MacKenzie Finn of the Cincinnati Synchrogators were 11th (69.6333).

“I’m always happy because I can see an improvement in every competition. It was a little bit better than how they did in Canada,” U.S. National Team Coach Lolli Montico said. “I told them, ‘We need to feel like every day is a competition because we don’t have any other competitions before Junior Worlds. I’m confident we can get better every day and they’re willing to work.”

The next event for this young U.S. team will be the FINA Artistic Swimming Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, July 18-22.

Competing for the U.S. at the Synchro America Open were Anita Alvarez (Buffalo, N.Y.), 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) and Emma Tchakmakjian (New Canaan, Conn.).

Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Yakhno won gold in the senior solo free final, scoring 91.3667 points. Jacqueline Simoneau of Canada was second at 91.2000, with Japan’s Minami Kono taking third at 89.1667.

Several swimmers from U.S. clubs also placed in the solo free final. Sacramento Synchro’s Alison Williams was fifth with 71.6667 points, followed by Alexa Pazienza, ANA Synchro, (sixth, 71.6333 points); Erin Fanning, Cincinnati Synchrogators (eighth, 70.4667); and Christopher Leahy, Cincinnati Synchrogators (ninth, 70.3667).

Ukraine won the highlight final with 92.6333 points, and Japan was second at 89.3333.

In the mixed duet free final, Italy’s Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini claimed gold with 89.1667 points. Colombia’s Jhair Galeano and Ingrid Usuga finished second at 78.1000.

Puerto Rico won the junior team free with 69.9000 points.

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