Bill May Moves are Awesome in this World Champs Medal Winning Video

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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.

(courtesy of Simone-Castrovillari)

Bill May and Kristina Lum-Underwood (courtesy of Simone-Castrovillari)

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.

About USA Synchro
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+).

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Lane Four
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 years ago

Amen to what you wrote about Bill, Mel. Amen to that in spades.

Philip Johnson
7 years ago

FINA should end their sexist policy that bars men from most synchronized swimming events! As this video shows, men can be just as elegant as females.

aquajosh
7 years ago

My friend Benoit was 4th in this event with former World Champion Virginie Dedieu as his duet partner, so I know how hard synchro swimmers work. Bill and Benoit were teammates in Santa Clara, and they trained 8-10 hours a day six days a week, eyes wide open in chlorinated water, even knowing that they never had a shot to go to Worlds, or the Olympics. Bill and Kristina won four national titles together and Bill was USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999 but US Synchro wouldn’t even lobby on his behalf to try and petition to get him to be allowed to compete in the Olympics.

So Benoit, Bill, and Kristina did about the… Read more »

Old School
7 years ago

This makes me sad. The fools in charge of the Olympics eliminate wrestling, but keep pentathalon and add synchro stuff like this and diving. Those aren’t sports. Put them in a show.

carlo
7 years ago

I think some sporting events should remain at the world championships (of each sport) while other events should remain at the olympics. I don,t think the IOC should remove some events from the olympics schedule just to add new events because if you remove an event, some athletes will miss out.

In aquatics, events like mixed synchronized diving, mixed relays in swimming and mixed synchronized swimming should remain at the world aquatics championships and not be added to the olympics.

In track and field, the 4 by 800 and 4 by 1500 relays have been added at the (IAAF world relays). These two relays are not part of the IAAF world championships but are part of a special relay event… Read more »

carlo
7 years ago

I agree but how do they add it to the Olympics programme. There are already too many events in the Olympics especially in aquatics.

They also added mixed synchronized diving and mixed relays in swimming at the world championships.

How do they fix all these into the schedule at the Olympics and other sports may also have new events being added to their own schedules eg more weight classes in women,s wrestling.

Lane Four
Reply to  carlo
7 years ago

Carlo, your questions and concerns are spot on. I don’t have an answer. Do we keep adding and adding and adding events until the Olympics are a month long? Do we remove some sporting events in order to add new ones? I am glad that athletes like Bill May can finally showcase their talent to the world.

Lane Four
7 years ago

If figure skating can have pairs, then there is no reason synchro cannot have mixed pairs. Bill’s strength was incredible which allowed Christina to go beyond what she could have done with a female partner. Amazing. Absolutely amazing to watch.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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