Dec. 7, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Five Stanford synchornized swimmers will compete with the U.S. national team at the 6th FINA World Trophy in Beijing, China, Dec. 9-11.
Representing the Cardinal are Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.) and Olivia Morgan (Lafayette, Calif.).
The U.S., which recently named its 2012 Olympic Qualification Team, will face Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain at Beijing's National Aquatics Center (also known as "The Cube").
"The Trophy Cup has very unique competition, and every year all the teams get more creative," said U.S. national coach Mayuko "Mayu" Fujiki. "I'm excited we get to show our new team there. And I would like the girls to absorb the most creative version of synchro competition in the world."
Team USA won team and duet silver medals at its most recent event, the Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.
"We are very excited to be attending the World Trophy. We know that our newly named Olympic Qualification Team will put on strong performances," said Sandra Mahoney, national team director.
The other members of the U.S. national team includes Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas), Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Caitlin Stewart (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Michelle Theriault (North Hills, Calif.), Katy Wiita (Vancouver, Wash.) and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.).