Concord Synchronized Swimmer Qualifies for Summer Olympics

March 5, 2016 16:00 pm · 11 comments


A 25-year-old Concord woman qualified today for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. Olympic Committee officials said.

Mariya Koroleva and her partner Anita Alvarez qualified as a duet in synchronized swimming with a seventh-place finish at the qualifying event Wednesday and today in Rio de Janiero.

Koroleva was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, and moved to the U.S. when she was 9 years old.

She graduated in 2013 from Stanford University with a degree in communications and a minor in modern languages, and is currently working on a master’s degree in sports management at the University of San Francisco, according to her Team USA biography.

Koroleva placed 11th in the duet at the 2012 Olympic Games with her then-partner Mary Killman.

She coaches the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, a synchronized swimming club. A representative of the club was not immediately available for comment.

While the duet is going to the Olympics, the U.S. did not qualify a larger synchronized swimming team for this year’s Olympics. U.S. synchronized swimming spokesman Dax Lowery said the team is young and they are preparing for future Olympic Games.

Also, two San Francisco men qualified last month for the Olympics in men’s foil fencing, according to USA Fencing officials.

San Francisco residents and fencing teammates Gerek Meinhardt, 25, and Alexander Massialas, 21, won enough points to qualify for the Olympics, USA Fencing officials said. The U.S. Olympic Committee will not nominate the U.S. Olympic fencing team until next month, but with two qualifying events left to go, both earned enough points.

Meinhardt graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and earned a master of business administration degree at Notre Dame University, according to his biography at He was on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams.

Massialas is a junior at Stanford University. He is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and the world, according to U.S. Fencing officials. Massialas participated in the 2012 Olympic Games.

photo: Mariya Koroleva

TIFOKCIS March 5, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Great hair.

Big Al March 5, 2016 at 4:39 PM

I just threw away my Sports Illustrated swim suit addition. Dammm.

BITE_ME March 5, 2016 at 4:41 PM

How do you practice swimming.
When we have a drought?
Do they make lots of “Dry runs”?

SaraD March 5, 2016 at 4:58 PM

That’s Awesome!

Nature Lover March 5, 2016 at 5:02 PM

A beautiful and impressive young woman. Best of luck to her at the Olympics!

john Pope March 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Synch. swimming? Kayaking? Golf? Baseball? Tennis? These are not my ancestors’ games! The modern Olympics are a joke. I fear Monopoly, Tiddlywinks, and Beer Pong will be a part of them one day.

Silva March 5, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Impressive indeed!

Moneypenny March 5, 2016 at 5:33 PM

This is an awesome story!!! Love the fact that she is an immigrant from Russia, smart, ambitious and talented. Go Korolova!!!!

TK March 5, 2016 at 6:09 PM

She’s a very attractive woman.


Kyle March 5, 2016 at 6:32 PM

That’s Wasup!

Keith carlson March 5, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Be nice to her Jack, she is a catch!

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