Stanford grad qualifies for Olympics in synchronized swim


Team USA's Anita Alvarez and Stanford grad Mariya Koroleva qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in synchronized swimming this summer as a duet, finishing seventh in the duet free competition at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

The pair scored 85.2667 points. They had finished seventh in the duet tech with 82.3821 points for an overall total of 167.6488 points.

This will be the second Olympics for Koroleva, who finished 11th in duet with Mary Killman at the 2012 Games. Alvarez will make her Olympic debut.

"We swam with more confidence and better presentation and we improved our synchronization. We are happy with both our performances and with the results as we are much closer in scores to our competitors," Koroleva said. "And obviously we are very excited to go to the Olympics this summer."

Alvarez and Koroleva have won bronze medals at the German Open and French Open in the lead-up to the qualifier. Koroleva also won bronze in duet at the 2015 Pan American Games, and the duo finished 11th in duet free and 12th in duet tech at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

"We have been traveling to camps and competitions for the last two months and it will be nice to have some time at home with family," Koroleva said. "However, we are eager to get back to work to continue to improve and hopefully place even better at the Olympics."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA synchro

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Posted by Gunn 'Mum
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on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

Congratulations Mariya and Anita!!!!! Local kids can have an opportunity to try synchro at a number of spring, summer and spring break camps offered by Santa Clara Aquamaids at pool locations from Menlo Park to San Jose.

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