Tuesday , 24 April 2018

U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimmer Still Calls McKinney `Home’

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Mary Killman was born in Oklahoma, lives in California and is training for this month’s 2012 Summer Olympics while living in Indianapolis.

But the 21-year-old former McKinney resident still refers to home as right here in Mactown. She said as much in a blog she posted Sunday on the Huffington Post.

Killman is one half of the United State’s Olympic Duet for Synchronized Swimming.

To read her blog in the Huffington Post, titled Welcome to My Synchronized Life, please click here.

And finally, for a recent Sports Illustrated story on her, please click here.

The London Games begin later this month and will be televised by NBC.

MARY KILLMAN (info is from www.USASynchro.org)

Event: Solo, Duet, Team

Height: 5’6”
Date of Birth: April 9, 1991
Birthplace: Ada, Okla.
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Current Residence: Santa Clara, Calif.
Years in Synchro: 10
Appointments to National Team: 7

Career Highlights

2012 – Qualified in duet (with Mariya Koroleva) for the 2012 Olympic Games with 7th-place finish at FINA Olympic Games Qualification Tournament; Swiss Open: Duet 1st; Spanish Open: Duet 4th; Spanish Winter Open: Technical Team 3rd, Free Team 3rd

2011 – Pan American Games: Team 2nd, Duet 2nd; FINA World Championships: Technical Team 9th, Free Team 10th, Technical Duet 9th, Free Duet 11th; Brazil Open: Team 3rd, Solo 2nd, Duet 4th; Barcelona Trophy: Team 4th, Solo 4th, Duet 2nd; German Open: Duet 6th; FINA World Trophy: Team 6th

2010 – Spanish Open: Solo 3rd; U.S. Nationals: Solo 1st; China Open: Solo 4th; FINA World Cup: Team 6th

2009 – U.S. Nationals: Team 1st, Duet 2nd, Solo 3rd
2008 – FINA Junior World Championships: Solo 8th, Duet 9th, Team 9th; Junior Nationals: Duet 1st, Solor 1st, Figures 1st; U.S. Nationals: Team 3rd, Solo 6th, Duet 9th; Rome Open: Solo 6th
2007 – Junior Nationals: Team 1st, Trio 1st, Solo 3rd; Nationals: Team 3rd, Duet 4th, Solo 4th; Swiss Open: Solo 4th
2006 – Junior Nationals: Team 2nd, Trio 5th, Solo 8th; U.S. Nationals: Team 5th; Rome Open: Combo 3rd, Team 4th, U.S. Open: Junior Duet 1st, Junior Figures: 1st, Senior Solo: 5th, Senior Team: 3rd, Combo 3rd; Age Groups: Duet 1st, Figures 1st
2005 – US Open: Solo 13th; Age Groups: Team 4th, Trio 4th, Solo 1st, Figures 2nd
2004 – Age Groups: Team 5th, Duet 3rd, Solo 2nd, Figures 4th
2003 – Age Groups: Team 6th, Duet 7th, Solo 8th
2002 – Age Groups: Team 12th, Trio 13th


Named to the U.S. Olympic Selection Team and Duet in 2012 and qualified in Duet (with Mariya Koroleva) for the 2012 London Games…Named the USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in in 2011 and 2010…Earned the 2009 U.S. National Championships Individual High-Point Award…Was a member of the USA Synchro Junior National Team (Solo/Duet/Team) in 2008…Was named to the USA Synchro All-American National Team II (Solo/Team) in 2007…Received the Santa Clara High Point Award for Junior and 14-15 Age Group (2006)…Achieved TAGS (Texas Age Group Swimming) Time Standards from 2000-05…Named Most Improved in 2003 by Pirouettes of Texas.

Daughter of Jerry and Bonnie Killman … Plans to major in art history … She is the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Selection Team … Was homeschooled in high school … Participated in speed swimming for 10 years … Has trained Arabian horses, and has participated in purebred dog showing … She is part Native American, registered Citizen Potawatomi … Club affiliations include Pirouettes of Texas, 5 years; Santa Clara Aquamaids, 4 years.

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