COLUMBUS, Ohio – Simply the best. For the 26th time in the history of the program, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team was crowned U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champions. Behind wins in the team, trio and duet routines, the Buckeyes compiled 96 points at the Avery Aquatic Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. Host Stanford finished second with 82 points.
We did great,” Linda Lichter-Witter, head coach of the Buckeyes said. “We did really well, but it wasn’t easy. We had a lot of support from people who travelled out here for us.”
It is the ninth title for the Scarlet and Gray in 14 seasons under Lichter-Witter.
Following the event, senior Barbara Nesbitt was named the Individual High Point champion.
Six Buckeyes also earned All-America honors. Meghan Kinney, Nesbitt, Paige Ramsey, Deborah Shim, Michelle Theriault and Caitlin Stewart (honorary) were named to the elite team.
Considered one of the most dynamic and eye-catching events of synchronized swimming, the team routine final featured the Scarlet squad tallying a 95.500. The group of Lauren Robinson, Jackie Mundy, Nesbitt, Ramsey, Shim, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Stewart outdistanced Stanford’s 94.875 for its third-straight title and 28th overall.
Raquel Aguado, Kayley Colville, Colleen Courtmanche, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Liana Litsky, Asia Luke and Samantha Schmidt of the Gray squad finished fourth with a 91.375.
A 93.125, a season high, was the magic score that propelled the trio of Nesbitt, Shim and Theriault to the gold medal. The Buckeyes have now captured 25 trio titles all-time and their second consecutive. Kinney, Ramsey and Stewart came together to earn a 92.750 for third place behind the Stanford group of Taylor Durand, Maria Koroleva and Olivia Morgan (93.000).
Kinney and Theriault, members of the U.S. National Team Training squad, proved why they are part of such a prestigious roster as they won the Buckeyes their 22nd duet title in program history. The duo executed a 93.875 performance, which served as their season high. In second place were Yulia Shepeleva and Natalia Tarasova of Canisius College (93.250).
Nesbitt was .500 points short in her final quest for the solo gold medal. The Buckeye from Riverside, Calif., tallied 93.500 points for second behind Tarasova’s 94.000. However, Nesbitt’s score did serve as a personal best this season.
The 34th-annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships was an open-class meet, combining competition from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and NAIA colleges and universities. More than 200 of the top athletes from the collegiate scene competed for titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events.
The defending U.S. Senior National Champions, Ohio State will now prepare for the senior event that will take place April 15-18 in Huntersville, N.C.
2010 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships
Avery Aquatic Pavilion
Palo Alto, Calif.
Team High Point (Top 5)
1. Ohio State – 96.0
2. Stanford – 82.0
3. Canisius College – 72.0
Incarnate Word – 72.0
5. Lindenwood – 52.0
Team Final (Top 5)
1. Lauren Robinson, Jaclyn Mundy, Barbara Nesbitt, Paige Ramsey, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively,
Emilie Siemer, Caitlin Stewart (Ohio State) – 95.500
2. Stanford University – Alexandra Bollaidlaw, Debbie Chen, Madison Crocker, Taylor Durand, Morgan Fuller, Jessica Guenther, Michelle Moore, Corinne Smith (Stanford) – 94.875
3. Brianna Andreychuk, Hannah Creaser, Saki Fujise, Molly Knight, Seyeon Min, Anna Nelson, Alexandra Stensby, Rosilyn Tegart (Incarnate Word) – 92.875
4. Raquel Aguado, Kayley Colville, Colleen Courtmanche, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Liana Litsky, Asia Luke, Samantha Schmidt (Ohio State) – 91.375
5. Nicole Cardinale, Courtney Christman, Brittanie Grant, Jessica Grogan, Victoria Mintz, Nilda Rosado,
Yulia Shepeleva, Natalia Tarasova (Canisius College) – 90.500
Trio Final (Top 5)
1. Barbara Nesbitt, Deborah Shim, Michelle Theriault (Ohio State) – 93.125
2. Taylor Durand, Maria Koroleva, Olivia Morgan (Stanford) – 93.000
3. Meghan Kinney, Paige Ramsey, Caitlin Stewart (Ohio State) – 92.750
4. Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller, Michelle Moore (Stanford) – 90.125
5. Saki Fujise, Alexandra Stensby, Rosilyn Tegart (Incarnate Word) – 88.875
Duet Final (Top 5)
1. Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault (Ohio State) – 93.875
2. Yulia Shepeleva and Natalia Tarasova (Canisius College) – 93.250
3. Maria Koroleva and Olivia Morgan (Stanford) – 92.500
4. Debbie Chen and Taylor Durand (Stanford) – 91.375
5. Saki Fujise and Seyeon Min (Incarnate Word) – 89.375
Solo Final (Top 5)
1. Natalia Tarasova (Canisius College) -94.000
2. Barbara Nesbitt (Ohio State) – 93.500
3. Yulia Shepeleva (Canisius College) – 91.500
4. Jessica Guenther (Stanford) – 89.125
5. Rosilyn Tegart (Incarnate Word) -88.000