Tchekmarev, Walnut Creek, Menomonee win titles
at 2012 U.S. Open National Championships
U.S. swimmers sweep junior duet, trio podium; Aquanuts win combo title
INDIANAPOLIS -U.S. swimmers held their own against tough international competition Saturday in the senior finals of the 2012 U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming National Championships in Henderson, Nev.
Alexa Tchekmarev, a U.S. Junior National Team member, won the solo championship for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, finishing with 160.090 points. Monica Sarai Avango (159.770) of Columbia was second and Sarah Rodriguez (152.620) of the Santa Clara Aquamaids was third.
In the duet, Brazil’s Beatriz Feres and Branca Feres took first with 159.030 points. Jennifer Cerquera and Ingrid Cubillos (157.570) of Miami Waves Synchro earned silver and Quebec’s Kelly Hersh and Haley Ricci (152.960) won bronze.
In the team final at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, the Menomonee Falls Dolphinettes (73.530) won gold, followed by Mexico (71.830) and the South Florida Fusion (70.020).
In the open combo final, the Walnut Creek Aquanuts outclassed the field with 82.5400 points. Mexico (77.9800) was second and the British Columbia Aquasonics (76.5400) finished third.
U.S. Junior Open results
The U.S. Junior Open duet final was held Friday, with U.S. swimmers grabbing the top three spots. Rachel Hyon, a U.S. National Team member, and Isabelle Park (149.8210) of the La Mirada Aquabelles teamed up to win gold. Santa Clara’s Rebecca Moody, also with the U.S. Junior National Team, and Karensa Tjoa (149.3580) took second. Walnut Creek’s Tchekmarev and Rina Horii (148.4220) finished third.
In the junior solo final Thursday, Quebec’s Myriam Sabourin (149.2300) edged Indy Synchro’s Alyssa Hoying (147.8470) and Ohio Synchro’s Noelle St. John (144.1690) for the title.
The U.S. swept the junior trio final, with Walnut Creek (Horii, Sarah Louise House, Elisabeth Welzien) scoring 145.109 points to win the title. Indy Synchro (Victoria Baron, Jessica Giannuzzi, Natalie Huibregtse) was second with 142.789 points. MAC Synchro (Courtney Hall, Madeleine Terry, Elizabeth Wiita) had 140.280 points for third.
Quebec (147.1740) won the U.S. Junior Open team final on Saturday, with Mexico (146.0280) finishing second and Ontario (142.9350) third.
The U.S. Open National Championships featured an exhibition by the U.S. Olympic duet of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva on Friday and Saturday. It was their final showing in the U.S. before heading to the London Games, where they will compete Aug. 5-7.
For complete results from the 2012 U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming National Championships, go to http://www.usasynchro.org/Events/champs12/2012_US_Open.htm.