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Juneau's Felix and Urata take 12th at nationals

Local synchronized swimmers compete against the best at U.S. junior championships

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006

Juneau synchronized swimmers Sarah Felix and Kimiko "Koko" Urata wrapped up competition Saturday at the U.S. Speedo Junior National Championships in Minneapolis.

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Felix and Urata, who compete with the Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming club, finished in 12th place in the duet competition.

The tandem earned a score of 76.345 in the competition. The Riverside, Calif., team of Brooke Abel and Meghan Kinney won the duet national title.

Felix and Urata fell just out of the top eight with their routine, which kept them out of the finals. In the duet, Felix and Urata scored 34.428 in the figures category, which rates technical ability, and a 41.917 in the freestyle program, which tracks artistic impression.

On Friday, Urata took part in the solo synchronized swimming competition.

The 17-year-old earned a score of 76.145 which placed her 14th overall.

On Thursday, both athletes took part in the figures competition.

All 232 athletes competed in the figures competition. In this event, swimmers all perform the same routine and are judged on their technical proficiency.

Urata finished in 34th place with a score of 69.455 while Felix took 51st with a score of 68.257.

Riverside's Debbie Chen scored a 75.834 to win the event.



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