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First ever Mixed Duet Free, Bill May (USA), after winning the first ever Mixed Gold in the Technical, settles for Silver in the Free, with Kristina Lum-Underwood, just .2666 behind the Russians.
Synchro News Courtesy of USA Synchro
Bill May (Cicero, N.Y.) added to his medal haul Thursday, taking silver in the mixed duet free with 2000 Olympian Kristina Lum Underwood (Las Vegas, Nev.) at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
May and Lum Underwood scored 91.4667 points in the final, just .2667 points behind the winning Russian duo of Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova (91.7333).
“It’s been an honor to be here and competing among the world’s best,” May said. “I think this is a turning point for synchronized swimming.”
May and Christina Jones (Fremont, Calif.), a 2008 Olympian, won the first mixed duet free gold medal in a FINA-sanctioned event on Sunday.
Team USA’s Anita Alvarez (Kenmore, N.Y.) and 2012 Olympian Mariya Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) finished 11th in the women’s duet free final, scoring 84.9667 points. Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won their second duet gold medal at the World Championships, finishing with 98.2000 points.
The U.S. will compete in the team free final today at 10:30 a.m. (ET). UniversalSports.com will live stream the final starting at 10:20 a.m., and Universal Sports Network will provide delay coverage at 6 p.m.
The U.S. team members who will compete in the team free final are: Anita Alvarez (Kenmore, N.Y.); Claire Barton (Los Gatos, Calif.); Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas); Mariya Koroleva (Concord, Calif.); Isabel Malcolmson (Saratoga, Calif.); Sandra Ortellado (Walnut Creek, Calif.); Karensa Tjoa (San Jose, Calif.); and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.).
For more on the FINA World Championships, go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming/Events/USA-Synchro-National-Events/2015/July/24/FINA-World-Championships.
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USA Synchro was established as a nonprofit organization in 1977, and is the United States national governing body for the sport, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur) – the international governing federation. USA Synchro organizes, participates in, and promotes a variety of competitive events each year. These events begin at the local level and continue in the following categories: Senior (15 & O), Junior (15-18), Junior Olympic (19 & U), Collegiate and Masters (20+).