USA Synchro Names 2011 National Team

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, January 19. USA Synchro named the 2011 National Synchronized Swimming Team which will represent the United States at the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships later this year. The elite international competition which features all four aquatics sports, will take place July 16-31, in Shanghai, China.

The roster includes five returning athletes from the 2010 National Team which finished sixth at last year's FINA World Cup. Team USA will begin training on January 24 in Indianapolis, Ind., home of the USA Synchro National Headquarters and sponsor St. Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP). The National Team will split training time between the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI and SVSP.

The 2011 National Team will be coached by Mayuko "Mayu" Fujiki. Fujiki, who competed for Japan, earned a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. As a coach, Fujiki has served on the coaching staffs of Italy, Australia, Japan, Greece, Hungary, and most recently, Spain, where she led the 2010 Spanish National Team to an overall Gold Medal finish, topping synchro powerhouse Russia at the FINA World Trophy.

The 2010 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team includes:
Christiana Butera (El Cajon, Calif.), Morgan Fuller (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Megan Hansley (New Canaan, Conn.), Heidi Homma (Orinda, Calif.), Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas), Danielle Kramer (Santa Clara, Calif.), Jourdan Meltzer (Oakland, Calif.), Michelle Moore (Tonawanda, N.Y.), Leah Pinette (Bristol, Conn.), Brooke Taylor (Las Vegas, Nev), Lyssa Wallace (San Antonio, Texas), Katy Wiita (Vancouver, Wash.) and Alison Williams* (Northridge, Calif.)

*Indicates an athlete that will petition on to the 2011 National Team at a date to be determined.

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