The U.S. national synchronized swimming team and duet both won bronze medals Saturday at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
The U.S. was third in the team free Saturday with 83.4333 points. The team had finished third in the technical event (82.6018) on Thursday and totaled 166.0351 points.
Host Canada won gold after topping the field in tech and free, finishing with 178.1094 points. Mexico took silver at 172.5073.
“The athletes started with great energy, really fighting in this swim,” U.S. head coach Myriam Glez said. “Overall, the athletes swam with the right attitude. We ended on a good note as this is such a young team with limited experience. We know what we have to work on for worlds, and we can’t wait to get started.”
“We were pretty happy; they had a great swim,” Glez said. “There were a couple of synchronization issues, but they swam much better considering the short preparation.”
The U.S. athletes swimming in the team competition were: Anita Alvarez (Kenmore, N.Y., USPA Student-Athlete); Claire Barton (Los Gatos, Calif.); Mary Killman(McKinney, Texas); Mariya Koroleva (Concord, Calif.); Sandra Ortellado (Walnut Creek, Calif.); Sarah Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas);Karensa Tjoa (San Jose, Calif.); and Alison Williams (Northridge, Calif.). Isabel Malcolmson (San Jose, Calif.) was the alternate.