Lindenwood University Wins US National Synchronized Swimming Championships

Lindenwood University and the Santa Clara Aquamaids won High Point Team Awards as the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships concluded Saturday night at the SODA Aquatic Center.

Lindenwood won the Senior High Point Team Award with 80 points. Santa Clara (52) was second and the Cincinnati YMCA Synchrogators (20) placed third. Lindenwood’s Mary Killman, a 2012 Olympian, captured the Senior Individual High Point Award with 29 points, just ahead of Santa Clara’s Rebecca Moody (26) and Lindenwood’s Alyson Haylor (26).

Santa Clara’s Jacklyn Luu helped the Aquamaids (117 points) take the Junior High Point Team Award. The Walnut Creek Aquanuts (84) placed second, and Optima Synchro (36) was third. Luu earned the Junior Individual High Point Award, finishing with 45 points. She just edged Walnut Creek’s Gillian Brassil (43) and Santa Clara teammate Hyowon Joo (41).

More than 350 swimmers took part in the event, which included the U.S. Senior National Championships, U.S. Junior National Championships and U.S. 13-15 National Championships.

U.S. Senior National Championships

Lindenwood’s Mary Killman earned two gold medals, winning solo and partnering with teammate Vasilisa Mironova to win duet.

Killman won solo with 172.0584 points. Santa Clara’s Rebecca Moody finished second at 165.2198, and Lindenwood’s Alyson Haylor was third at 159.3149.

Lindenwood swimmers went 1-2 in duet, with Killman and Mironova winning with 86.8333 points and teammates Irene Beaus and Laia Pons taking silver at 82.4333. Santa Clara’s Amanda Urke and Teresa Liccardo won bronze at 81.6000.

The U.S. Senior National Squad won the team free event, finishing with 168.5430 points. Lindenwood University was second with 162.7989 points, and Santa Clara took third at 155.9442.

Competing for the U.S. Senior National Squad were: Anita Alvarez, Claire Barton, Phoebe Coffin, Mariya Koroleva (2012 Olympian), Isabel Malcolmson, Sarah Rodriguez, Karensa Tjoa and Alison Williams.

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts (82.1667 points) won the combo free, followed by the Santa Clara Aquamaids (81.5333) and the New Canaan Y Aquianas (75.8000).

U.S. Junior National Championships

Santa Clara’s Jacklyn Luu won the solo title Friday with 150.5161 points. Walnut Creek’s Gillian Brassil was second at 148.9708, and Santa Clara’s Hyowon Joo was third with 147.6624 points.

Luu added another gold medal in duet, partnering with Santa Clara teammate Joo to win with 78.3667 points. Walnut Creek swimmers won silver and bronze, with Brassil and Elizabeth Wiita finishing second (76.9000), and Dana Drury and Joanna Langner taking third (75.8333).

On Saturday, Walnut Creek teams finished first and third in the team free, with the top team scoring 81.5333 points. Santa Clara was second at 80.6000, with the other Walnut Creek squad scoring 77.0333 points.

Optima Synchro won the combo free on Saturday, finishing with 73.8000 points. The Nevada Desert Mermaids were second at 72.7000 and Swimkins Synchronized Swimming was third at 72.3667.

U.S. 13-15 National Championships

The Santa Clara Aquamaids put on a strong showing Friday, with Nicole Dzurko leading the way with four gold medals. She won solo and duet (with Hailee Heinrich) and was part of the winning Aquamaids teams in team and combo.

Dzurko won solo gold with 75.5000 points, followed by Lindi Schroeder of Optima Synchro (73.8000) and Santa Clara’s Camryn Carrasco (73.6000).

In the duet, Dzurko and Heinrich finished first with 145.5435 points. Their Santa Clara teammates Audrey Nguyen and Carrasco were second at 142.5118, and Walnut Creek’s
Yara Elian and Haley Watson took third at 139.2566.

Santa Clara teams were first (75.5000 points) and third (72.8333) in the team free, and Walnut Creek was second (73.0000).

The Aquamaids finished first in combo with 76.7667 points, followed by Optima Synchro (70.6000) and New Canaan Y Aquianas (67.8000).

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About USA Synchro
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Swimming News is courtesy of USA Synchro.

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