Spain Upsets Russia, Team USA Takes Bronze in Team Free Competition at 2007 FINA World Trophy Cup for Synchronized

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, October 13. THE 2007 FINA World Trophy Cup continued today at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park featuring the team event. Team USA, which is the reigning Pan Am Champion in the event, performed its mime routine for the final time earning a bronze medal with a mark of 96.000. Spain scored a near perfect 99.666 en route to knocking off top ranked Russia (99.000).

Competition continues tomorrow with the free combination routine. The United States will look to defend its free combination title which it earned at the 2006 FINA World Trophy Cup.

The three day competition is being held at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, which was also the site of the 2007 Pan American Games. This competition is unlike any other FINA event as it focuses primarily on artistic impression. The format includes the duet, team and combination routine events and will crown an overall winner based on the highest sum of results. The Brazilian Synchronized Swimming Federation is serving as host to the elite international competition.

The schedule of the competition is as follows:
Friday, October 12 Duet Free Competition
Saturday, October 13 Team Free Competition
Sunday, October 14 Free Combination Competition

Special thanks to USA Synchro for contributing this report.