March 11, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford synchronized swimming team advanced to the finals in the solo, duet and trio competitions on the first day of the 2010 U.S. Collegiate Nationals held at the Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford campus.
The morning began with the solo semifinal competition. Stanford freshman Jessica Guenther swam to a fourth-place showing, earning 88.750 points. Senior Gayle Lee swam an honorary solo for the Cardinal and finished sixth with a 84.875 points.
Natalia Tarasova of Canisius College earned 92.125 points to top the solo field on day one. In second place, Barbara Nesbitt of Ohio State tallied 91.875 points, while Yulia Shepeleva of Canisius College came in third with 88.750 points. Rounding out the top five was Lindenwood University's Devah Leenheer with 85.000 points.
The Cardinal had a strong showing in the duet semifinal and advances two teams to the finals. Sophomores Maria Koroleva and Olivia Morgan, both national team members, finished third with 90.125 points, while seniors Debbie Chen and Taylor Durand came in fourth with 89.375 points.
Ohio State claimed the top spot in the duet semifinal as Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault garnered 91.875 points. The pair edged out Canisius College's Tarasova and Shepeleva, who tallied 91.000 points. Saki Fujise and Seyeon Min of the University of the Incarnate Word were fifth with 86.625 points.
The first day concluded with the trio semifinal in the late afternoon. The Cardinal also advances two trio teams to Saturday's final. Durand, Koroleva and Morgan teamed up to record 90.250 points for third place, while junior Michelle Moore, sophomore Morgan Fuller and freshman Madison Crocker came in fourth with 88.000 points.
Ohio State captured the top two spots in the trio semifinal. Nesbitt, Theriault and Deborah Shim sit in first place with 91.250 points, while teammates Kinney, Paige Ramsey and Caitlin Stewart are second with 90.750. The University of the Incarnate Word's Min, Brianna Andreychuk and Molly Knight tallied 87.250 points for fifth place.
The 2010 U.S. Collegiate Nationals continue on Friday, Mar. 12 at the Avery Aquatic Center. The technical competitions will take place in the morning, while the team semifinals will begin at 4 p.m.