US Sweeps Team Finals At UANA Pan American Championships
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Team USA finished off a highly successful week at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships Wednesday, by adding three additional medals in the duet finals.
U.S. swimmers swept the team finals in three divisions – junior, 13-15 and 12-and-Under - and won two golds in duet and one more in solo at the championships. It is the first time the U.S. has finished higher than Canada in the team competition since 2007.
"We are so proud of the athletes representing the USA. It has been a long summer of training for them to come together as a team," Julie Fabsik-Swarts, USA Synchro Executive Director said. "Their hard work, sacrifice and dedication have resulted in medals.”
On Wednesday, Dana Drury and Natalie Fletcher, members of the U.S. 13-15 National Team, won the 13-15 duet with 144.6055 points, besting Brazil (143.2515) and Canada (142.2125) duos.
In the 12-and-Under duet final, Chesnie Cheung and Kaitlyn Hoang won gold at 126.1335. Cheung and Hoang are both on the U.S. 12-and-Under National Team and the Santa Clara Aquamaids.
Santa Clara’s Rebecca Moody and Karensa Tjoa won silver in the junior duet final with 148.4145 points, just behind Canada’s Clare McGovern and Anne-Marie Chouinard (150.3440). Tjoa is also a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, and Moody represented the U.S. in solo at the FINA World Championships in July.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Junior and 13-15 National Teams won gold medals over their Canadian counterparts in the team finals, while the Aquamaids added another gold in the 12-and-Under final.
The U.S. Junior National Team scored 149.8400 points in the final to edge Canada (149.2135). Brazil was third at 142.9870.
The U.S. 13-15 National Team finished with 145.4550 points to Canada’s 143.0560. Mexico was third at 134.0725.
In the 12-and-Under team final, Santa Clara won gold by scoring 125.3540 points. Mexico (122.2895) was second and Canada (118.8555) third.
Team USA’s Olivia Ekberg earned the gold medal in the 13-15 solo final, finishing with 147.5120 points. Emma Baranski of the New Canaan Aquianas won silver in the junior solo at 148.6970, and Linda Schroeder, a member of the U.S. 12-and-Under National Team, added another silver medal in the 12-and-Under solo with 133.8835 points.
"The results from the UANA championships are great and really well deserved," Myriam Glez, USA Synchro's High Performance Director said. "The athletes, coaches and team managers worked very hard this summer for this and it paid off. Congratulations to all."
U.S. Junior National Team includes:
- AnitaAlvarez (Kenmore, N.Y./Tonawanda Aquettes)
- Claire Barton (Los Gatos, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- Kaylee Bowman (Mesa, Ariz./Arizona Desert
- Karina Boyle (Walnut
Creek, Calif./Walnut Creek Aquanuts)
- GillianBrassil (Moroga, Calif./Walnut Creek Aquanuts)
- Katie Gu (San Jose, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- Rachel Hyon (Cypress, Calif./La Mirada
- Isabel Malcolmson (San Jose,
Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- SandraOrtellado (Walnut Creek, Calif./Walnut Creek Aquanuts)
- Karensa Tjoa (San Jose, Calif./Santa
- Monica Velazquez-Stiak (Phoenix, Ariz./Scottsdale Arizona)
- Elizabeth Wiita (Vancouver, Wash./MAC
2013 U.S. 13-15 National Team includes:
- Dana Drury (Walnut
- Nicole Dzurko (Monte Sereno, Calif./Santa
- Olivia Ekberg (Gilbert,
Ariz./Arizona Desert Dolphins)
- Natalie Fletcher (Concord, Calif./Walnut Creek Aquanuts)
- Celine Joo (Los Gatos,
Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- Rachel Lau (Cupertino, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- Jacklyn Luu (Milipitas, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- Catalina Nedelcu (Riverside, Calif./Riverside
- Leilah Talukder (Los
Gatos, Calif./Santa Clara Aquamaids)
- DariaTorba (Orinda, Calif./Walnut
- Rachel Ye (San Jose, Calif./Santa Clara
- Arina Yu (Cypress,
Calif./La Mirada Aquabelles)