12 WCA Athletes to Compete Against National and Olympic Teams in World Trophy Cup
7th Annual FINA World Trophy Cup Synchronized Swimming Competition 2012, Tultitlan, Mexico, Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2012
• Team Routine Preview November 18th, Sunday at 3:30 p.m Diablo Valley College Pool in Pleasant Hill, CA (Free) •
12 athletes from the Walnut Creek Aquanuts (ages 15 to 19) will represent the United States at the FINA World Trophy Cup in Tultitlan, Mexico this month. The WCA team will be the youngest team entering this competition.
- This is an elite synchronized swimming competition featuring the best athletes from the National and Olympic teams from Russia, Spain, Japan, China, Mexico and other countries.
- Most athletes are high school students who train 4-5 hours each day yet are highly successful in their studies and are active contributors to the local communities.
- World Trophy Cup attracts large crowds and TV audiences due to its unique focus on the beauty of synchronized swimming. In contrast to the Olympics, the scores are given for the artistic impression only. Also, in addition to the traditional panel of judges representing FINA, there is panel of judges made up of celebrities from the host country.
- The routines are choreographed to themes reflecting the host country as well as each team’s own country.
- There will be lifts and highlights (throwing girls high out of the water) as well as beautiful costumes and props.
- The U.S. athletes are self-funding this trip due to budget cuts at USA Synchro. The costs include a $10,000 entry fee, flights to Mexico, coaches and costumes.
- Jasmine Carillo (15, from Walnut Creek, CA) - 2011 National Team Athlete
- Remy Mink (15, from Alamo, CA) 2012 National Age Group Champion
- Karina Boyle (16, from Walnut Creek, CA) - 2012 Jr World Team Athlete
- Lizzie Welzien (16, from San Ramon, CA) - 2012 US Open Champion
- Rina Horii (16, from Walnut Creek, CA) - 2012 US Open Champion, 2011 National Team Athlete
- Sandra Ortellado (16 from Walnut Creek, CA) - CA, 2012 Jr World Duet & Team Member
- Morgan Boneburg (17, from Clayton, CA) - 2012 Jr World Team Athlete
- Sophia Bouzos (17, from Walnut Creek, CA ) - 2012 US Open Champion, Contortionist
- Sarah House (17, from Lafayette, CA) - 2012 US Open Champion, 2011 National Team Athlete
- Jamie Kuchan (17, from Mesa, AZ) - 2012 Jr World Team Athlete
- Alexa Tchekmarev (18, from Walnut Creek, CA) - 2x Grand Slam National Champion, 2012 Jr World Team Athlete
- McKinzie Chelberg (19, from St. Paul, MN) - 2011 National Team Athlete
- Kim Probst, WCA Head Coach and Head Choreographer, 2008 Olympic Team Captain
- Tammy McGregor, Juniors/Seniors WCA Coach, 2011 U.K. National Team Coach, 1996 Gold Medal Olympian
- Olga Kouznetsova, WCA Coach, Meritorious Russian Coach, 1986-1988 Russian National Team