LONDON -- Bay Area competitors Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva finished 11th in the synchronized swimming duet competition Tuesday.
Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina extended Russia's domination to win the gold with a score of 197.100 points. They haven't lost an Olympic synchro event since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
The only real drama in the free routine finals was for silver, which went to Spain's Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes with 192.900 after a lively, tango-themed routine that had the crowd at the Aquatics Centre clapping along nearly the whole way. China's Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou improved on their score from the prelims with an impressive display of legwork, but the duo's athleticism wasn't enough to hold off Spain's stylish maneuvers. They finished with 192.870.
The U.S. used to dominate in synchro. But this year the Americans didn't even qualify in the team event. The only U.S. competitors at the Games were Koroleva and Killman.
Koroleva, a 22-year-old Concord resident, was born in Russia and relocated with her family to the Bay Area in 1999 when her father began working in Silicon Valley. She and Killman, a Texas native, train with the Santa Clara Aquamaids.