Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Juneau duo reaches finals at Esynchro age group nationals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming pair of Kimiko "Koko" Urata and Sarah Felix was in second place after Tuesday's preliminary round of the age 14-15 duet competition in the 2004 Esynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships.

Urata and Felix posted a score of 77.333 points in Tuesday's semifinal, trailing just the Riverside (Calif.) Aquettes duo of Danielle DeCarlo and Alison Williams, who scored a 78.000. Another Riverside Aquettes pair - Christina Mundy and Marissa Reynolds - was in third place with 76.333 points.

The top eight finishers in the duet will compete in today's finals. The scores will be cleared for the duets, with today's duet results combining on a 50-50 split with Tuesday's figure scores as the final scores used for the final rankings.

In the solo figures, DeCarlo posted the top score of 73.261 and Williams took second place with 71.086. Urata ranked 10th with 68.752 points and Felix was 15th with 68.242.

In the solo routine semifinals, Kenyon Smith of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Aquamaids had the highest score with 75.833 points. DeCarlo was second with 74.833. Urata was 10th with 73.000 points, while Felix was in a three-way tie for 17th place with 71.000.

The top eight solo performers advance to today's finals, with their qualifying score being half of their figures score and half of their solo routine grade. The swimmers will keep their figures score, but will have a new routine score to figure in the mix.

DeCarlo had the best combined solo score with 74.210 points, followed by Smith with 73.116. Urata was in seventh place with 70.876 and Felix was in 11th with 69.621.

The meet is the world's largest synchronized swimming event with nearly 1,100 athletes from more than 70 clubs around the country. The meet, which is taking place at the Indiana University Natatorium, has four different age groups - age 12-13, 14-15, 16-17 and 18-19. The 2004 U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team will perform an exhibition after tonight's competition ends.

Homer rower one race away from earning an Olympic berth

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Stacey Borgman of Homer and her rowing partner, Lisa Schlenker of Lake Oswego, Ore., moved within one race of a spot on the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team during Tuesday's first round of finals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Lake Mercer, near Princeton, N.J.

Borgman and Schlenker are competing in the women's lightweight double sculls event, where each rower works two oars (in the pairs event, each rower works one oar). The two rowers have competed for U.S. national teams before, but neither has been in the Olympics. They are competing for the Princeton Training Center/New York Athletic Club, although both rowers also have competed with Seattle's George Pocock Rowing Foundation elite team.

Borgman and Schlenker completed Tuesday's 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 1.61 seconds to easily beat the team of Julia Nichols (Livermore, Calif.) and Renee Hykel (Haverford, Pa.) of Pocock Rowing Club/Undine Boat Club, who finished the course in 7:08.91. The third-place pair was Mary Obidinski (Oneonta, N.Y.) and Maria Picone (Pownal, Maine) in 7:30.24.

The three teams will race again today, and if the Borgman-Schlenker team wins it will qualify for Athens. If one of the other two teams wins today's race, a third finals race will take place on Thursday.

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