12 Walnut Creek Aquanuts, ages 15 to 19, represented the US in the Synchronized Swimming World Trophy Cup Championships in Mexico City, Mexico held earlier this month.
After spending more than 200 hours in the water preparing for the competition, the girls and the coaches say the experience was definitely worth it.
The WCA Club team was the youngest World Trophy Cup team competing against eight National/Olympic teams and another Club Team from Moscow, Russia. The WCA team placed 7th overall ahead of the 3 National Teams from the Netherlands, Great Britain and Brazil.
As WCA Head Coach Kim Probst summed it all up:
“The competition was exciting, the Mexican hospitality was wonderful, and the WCA athletes did a great job representing the USA,” said Probst.
WCA Athletes representing the US included: Jasmine Carillo (15); Karina Boyle (16); Rina Horii (16); Sandra Ortellado (16); Alexa Tchekmarev (18), Sophia Bouzos (17) – all from Walnut Creek, CA, as well as Remy Mink (15, from Alamo) , Lizzie Welzien (16, from San Ramon), Morgan Boneburg (17, from Clayton), Sarah House (17, from Lafayette), Jamie Kuchan (17, from Mesa, AZ), and McKinzie Chelberg (19, from St. Paul, MN).