She steadily rises after placing fifth at the 2005 World Championships, which marked her first major senior international competition. Russia's Natalia Ischenko continued to dominate the top spot with a score of 99.000 followed by Spain's Gemma Mengual Civil (98.000) and Japan's Saho Harada (96.833).
The team technical preliminary concluded the day. Team USA also finished in the fourth spot with a mark of 96.167, following Russia (98.500), Japan (97.667) and Spain (96.833). The team tech final will take place on Wednesday, March 21. Synchro will run through March 24 and features the solo, duet, team and combination events in the elite international competition.
The U.S. National Team consists of Brooke Abel (Fallbrook, Calif.), Janet Culp (Littleton, Colo.), Jennie 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.), Kim Probst (Troy, N.Y.) and Layla Smith (Boulder, Colo.).
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