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Mary Killman Hits the Pool for Synchronized Swimming

Mary Killman hopes to go for gold in duet synchronized swimming

By Brian Curtis and Elvira Sakmari
|  Monday, Aug 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:41 AM CDT
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Mary Killman, Going for Gold

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Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva of the United States compete in the Women's Duets Synchronised Swimming Technical Routine on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

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Mary Killman, Going for Gold

Mary Killman's synchronized swimming career began in Irving, but years later it could take her to the Olympic stage in London.
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Synchronized swimming is one of the most demanding sports you’ll see at the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games, but McKinney's Mary Killman and her duet partner Mariya Koroleva have made it to the finals.

On Sunday, Killman and Koroleva began their quest for gold during the women's duets qualification in technical routine.

Killman and Koroleva were the first to compete Sunday scoring 43.700 for execution, 44.200 for overall impression, coming away with a total score of 87.900.

On Monday, Killman and Koroleva will perform their free routine. Scoring 44.200 for technical merit and 44.070 for artistic impression, they came away with a total score of 88.270.

The scores from the technical and free routines were combined to give a total score of 176.170 putting the in 10th place overall and that's good enough to move on to the finals.

The top 12 duets will compete Tuesday where they will perform their final free routine.

The final score is a combination of the preliminary technical routine score and the final free routine score. The duet with the highest total takes the gold medal.

Killman's synchronized swimming career started in at Northlake Natatorium in Irving and was a member of The Pirouettes of Texas.

At age 12, Killman and her family left North Texas for California so that she could train at the elite level with the Santa Clara Aquamaids.

The routines are done in 9.8 feet of water where touching the bottom is not an option and making the routines look effortless is the goal.

Synchronized swimming's women's duet final free routine is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, (click here) to watch it live online at NBCOlympics.com/liveextra, the competition is scheduled to be shown on MSNBC at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

More: Mary Killman on Facebook, Mary Killman on Twitter

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