Jan. 13, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford synchronized swimmer Maria Koroleva has been selected to compete in the duet for the 2012 U.S. Olympic qualification synchronized swimming team. She will partner with Mary Killman.
The duet is subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee and qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London by Team USA.
The U.S. team and duet will compete in an Olympic Qualification Tournament in London on April 18-22 for a chance to qualify a berth in the team and duet competitions for the Olympic Games.
"It's definitely rewarding to get this chance," Koroleva said. "It's extraordinary. It's always been a dream."
Killman and Koroleva teamed up to win the silver medal at the Pan American Games in October 2011 in their first competition together.
"It was a quick turnaround, and we buckled down and worked well together," said Koroleva. "We learned a lot from each other."
Koroleva won the duet and team finals at the U.S. Collegiate Nationals for Stanford and was named a Collegiate All-American in 2011.
Killman, USA Synchro's Athlete of the Year the past two years, had a solid 2011, also finishing second in solo and fourth in duet at the Brazil Open, and second in duet and fourth in solo at the Barcelona Trophy.
"We are confident that the pairing of Killman and Koroleva can build on their strong performances from the Pan American Games and represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games," said Sandra Mahoney, USA Synchro's National Team Director. "I am sure these two athletes will truly continue to embrace all of the Olympic experience."
"Mary and Maria proved their talent at the recent Pan American Games. They will be even more exciting to watch in London at the Olympic Games," said USA Synchro Executive Director Terry Harper.