5:16 am - Wednesday September 20, 2017

USA Synchro Names Annual Award Winners

Olympic duet of Killman, Koroleva named Athletes of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming duet of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva and University of the Incarnate Word coach Kim Wurzel-LoPorto were among the USA Synchro award winners at the recent United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Greensboro, N.C.

Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) were named USA Synchro’s Athletes of the Year. The U.S. national team members finished 11th at their first Olympic Games in August in London. They also won silver in their first competition together, the 2011 Pan American Games, and won gold at the Swiss Open this year. Killman was named Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row.

Wurzel-LoPorto was named USA Synchro Coach of the Year after leading Incarnate Word to the high point title at the 2012 SwimOutlet.com National Championships and a second-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships. Wurzel-LoPorto has consistently led the Cardinals to top national finishes.

Kay Davies earned the Lillian MacKeller Distinguished Service Award. Over the past 30 years, Davies has served on USA Synchro’s Board of Directors, as National Team manager and as meet director for the Goodwill Games.

Other award winners:

Miami University of Ohio won the USA Synchro Community Service Award. Heather Tier and Kristen Smidstra of the Walnut Creek Aquanuts won the USA Synchro Coaching Merit Award at the Age Group Level. Walnut Creek’s Kim Probst won the USA Synchro Developmental Coaching Award. San Dieguito Synchro coach Danielle Waite was named the USA Synchro Age Group Developmental Coach of the Year.

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