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Mary KILLMAN
Sport Synchronised Swimming
NOC United States   
GenderWomen
Born09 Apr 1991 in Ada, OK, USA
Height1.68 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner George
Residence
McKinney, TX, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration - Lindenwood University: Saint Charles, MO, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up synchronised swimming at age 11 in Irving, TX, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Her friend Claire Evans introduced her to the sport. "I hadn't any idea what she was talking about, but after going to see a competition of hers I was hooked. There was water, there was dancing, there was music. It looked like something the average person couldn't do, and I love a challenge."
International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." [author Vivian Greene] (lindenwoodlionssls.com, 2013; marykillman.com, 04 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. (lindenwoodlionssls.com, 23 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives
Her partner George Bancroft is a three time US national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling. (Facebook profile, 10 Nov 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive synchronised swimming in April 2016 after winning her fifth straight US national title. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 09 Apr 2016)

HERITAGE
She is a registered member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a Native American tribe based in Oklahoma, United States of America. (lindenwoodlionssls.com, 2013; marykillman.com, 04 Jun 2012)

EARLY INTRODUCTION TO THE WATER
She began swimming at an early age and was competing by age five. "My mum nearly drowned when she was eight, so she was determined that no child of hers was ever going to have such a scare." (marykillman.com, 04 Jun 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2012 London, ENG Duet 175.670
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 84.586
8 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Free Routine 86.600
12 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 84.567 
10 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 83.429 
10 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 87.300
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 88.500
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 87.900
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Technical Routine 87.100
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 86.800
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 86.190