Spain climbed on top of the Olympic medal stand for the first time in the history of the sport with a mark of 99.000, posted by Gemma Mengual and Andrea Fuentes. Japan’s Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki finished with a bronze medal and a mark of 97.833.
The team event will make a splash on Friday, August 22 with the tech portion, while the team free routine will be performed on Saturday, August 23. Team USA hopes to push the envelope with a new free routine to the theme of “light.” The routine features innovative and groundbreaking choreography which has never been brought to the competition pool before. Before the routine is revealed on Saturday, the U.S. will debut a brand new team tech routine on Friday to the theme of “action.”
“Our free team routine contains a lot of stuff people have never seen before,” says Head Coach and 1996 Gold Medalist, Tammy McGregor. “It’s all about the ‘wow’ factor and we’ve got it.”
Members of the 2008 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team include: Brooke Abel (Fallbrook, Calif.), Janet Culp (Littleton, Colo.), Kate Hooven (Pleasanton, Calif.), Christina Jones (Fremont, Calif.), Becky Kim (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Meghan Kinney (Mission Viejo, Calif.) Andrea Nott (San Jose, Calif.), Annabelle Orme (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Jillian Penner (Seattle, Wash.) and Kim Probst (Troy, N.Y.).