PreWorld Cup Team to Swim at Nationals
The 2002 World Cup Team will perform its technical routine at the U.S. National Championships held in Long Island, NY, April 24-26. The team will swim on Saturday, April 26 after the team final competition at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Last fall, the team captured bronze at the 10th FINA World Cup in Zurich allowing the United States to return to medal status. The World Cup Team scored a final composite of 96.501 to earn its first medal since the 1998 Goodwill Games. The United States edged Canada by 0.334 in the final to win the bronze medal. Finishing ahead of the U.S. Team was Russia and Japan.
The 2003 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships will be held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, NY. More than 175 athletes will vie for national titles in the solo, duet and team events in the nation's most prestigious domestic competition. The Championships is hosted by Long Island Synchro in conjunction with the Long Island Sports Commission.
The competition for the 2004 National Team Trials will get underway at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 and continue with Phase II of the trials the following day. Phase IV of the 2003 National Team I Trials will take place the morning of April 24.
The National competition begins on Thursday, April 24 with technical routines in all events, followed by free routine preliminaries on Friday. Finals in all events begin at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 26.
Tickets will be available at the door the day of the events.
2003 U.S. Nationals News & Notes
The 2003 U.S. National Championships mark the 58th year of national competition in the duet and team events, and the 54th year of solo competition.
The World Cup Team will perform its technical and free routines at the meet. The team captured the bronze medal at the 10th FINA World Cup in Zurich last September.
The 2004 Olympic Duet, Anna Kozlova and Alison Bartosik, will perform an exhibition swim as well.
This years host, Long Island, NY hosted this event, the U.S. National Championships, in 1999.
The Santa Clara Aquamaids will be looking to break their cross-bay rivals, the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, record for consecutive team titles at 10.
National Team I athletes will not be competing at this years U.S. National Championships due to continued training for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Barcelona and Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. Both meets will be held this summer.
Bill will be here! Yes, what would a national synchro event be without synchro stud Bill May? May, of Syracuse, N.Y., will look to re-claim gold in the duet competition with partner Kristina Lum.