March 19, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Stanford synchronized swimming team concluded the 2011 U.S. Collegiate National Championships, Saturday, as the national runner-up for the third straight season. The event, hosted by Canisius College, was held at the Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Stanford, which accumulated 90 team points, was edged out by the Ohio State University (93 points) for the national title. The Cardinal captured the gold medal in the team and duet competitions. The University of Incarnate Word finished in third with 75 points, while Canisius College took fourth with 63 points.
The finals began with the trio competition. Stanford's Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller and Olivia Morgan placed second with a score of 90.375. Ohio State's Alexandra Beckett, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault narrowly won the gold medal with a 90.500. The Cardinal's Alex Bollaidlaw, Jessica Guenther and Maria Koroleva scored an 89.375 to take fourth in the trio.
Koroleva and Morgan captured the gold in the duet with a 91.625. The pair finished just ahead of Ohio State's Yuliya Maryanko and Theriault (91.250). Stanford also placed third in the duet as Crocker and Fuller scored a 90.500. The University of Incarnate Word's Emily Burkhart and Saki Fujise posted an 89.250 for fourth place, while Canisius College's Victoria Mintz and Svetlana Ponkratova rounded out the top-5 with an 88.250.
The competition ended with the team finals. The Cardinal shined as it tallied a 94.250, well ahead of the Ohio State `A' team (92.875). Swimming for Stanford was Bollaidlaw, Crocker, Fuller, Guenther, Wendy Lu, Morgan, Corinne Smith and Koko Urata.