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America's medal hopes in synchronized swimming rest on the shoulders of its only two entrants: Mary Killman (left) and Mariya Koroleva (right).
Get to know 'em, why don't ya?
Koroleva, a Russian-born Stanford standout, has been on the national scene since her first appearance at junior nationals in 2004. The 22-year-old earned two silvers at the 2011 Pan-American Championships, one in duet and one in the team competition, and she holds a special affinity for tuna melts. To learn more about Mariya, follow her Olympic blog.
A fixture for Team USA over their best three seasons, 21-year-old Mary Killman was named USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Her seven appointments to the national team rank second among active swimmers behind veteran performer Leah Pinette. Oklahoma-born and Texas-raised, Killman is part-Native American and a registered member of The Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
And when they get together...
Koroleva and Killman have never competed together at a major international competition, but Killman finished ninth in the technical competition and eleventh in the free competition with Lyssa Wallace at the 2011 FINA World Championships.
The duo's most high-profile combined effort came at the 2011 Pan-American Games, where they finished second to a team from Canada.