Olympic duet team chosen today


Associate editor

The first two members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team will be chosen tonight with the synchronized swimming duet finals at 5 p.m. at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center.

Six teams of two swimmers each will compete for the one spot for a duet on the U.S. roster.

The swimmers who don’t win tonight will try to make the cut for the 11 remaining spots on the synchro team. The trials to make that cut run all day Sunday and Monday.

Anna Kozlova and Alison Bartosik are one of the favored teams heading into tonight’s finals.

“You can never count on success,” Kozlova said. “We’ve been working really hard for this.”

The pair has been training together since last November and took fourth at the recent World Cup in Switzerland.

Kozlova, 30, is a two-time Olympian and trying to become the sport’s first three-time Olympic qualifier.

“She is by far my favorite partner,” Kozlova said of Bartosik. “I enjoy swimming with her. We’re very compatible and get along.”

Bartosik, 19, is trying for her first Olympics after being on the national team since 1998.

“She tells me all sort of stories about her experiences,” Bartosik said. “When I get nervous, she tells me, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get through it.’ It really helps.”

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