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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will host its final home event of the season at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Senior Night Performance will be the final tune up before Collegiate Nationals and the last home performance for seniors Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Asia Luke, Jackie Mundy, Barbara Nesbitt, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Caitlin Stewart.

Admission to the event is free and it is a great opportunity to witness one of the most talented and storied Ohio State programs. With 25 U.S. Collegiate National titles and one U.S. Senior National crown to its credit, the Buckeye synchronized swimming team boasts the most championships of any Ohio State program.

Many former and current Buckeyes have gone on to obtain Olympic success as well, including Ohio State’s most recent Olympians in Becky Kim and Meghan Kinney (alternate).

Saluting the Seniors
Not only will the event Saturday serve as the final regular meet before the postseason gets underway, but it will be a celebration of the eight Buckeye seniors. Before they say their goodbyes to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, all eight seniors took the time to reflect on their past four years in Columbus.

Liz Derr, St. Paul, Minn.
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
My favorite memory was competing in our home pool for Collegiate Nationals when Ohio State hosted (2008).

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
I will miss seeing my best friends every morning.

Rita Gillan, Andover, Mass.
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
Becoming both Collegiate National Champions and U.S. National Champions in 2009.

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
The traditions, the Buckeye pride, our team of warriors; 20 something people coming together knowing only LIFE, DEATH, and TEAM.

Asia Luke, Comox, British Columbia
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
Being part of Collegiate Nationals at our home pool (2008) and learning what it means to be a Buckeye.

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
I will miss being with my team.

Jackie Mundy, Corona, Calif.
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
 Although there are a million memories I’ve had at Ohio State, my favorite would be my first. The day I moved into the dorms, met all the girls who were in my incoming class and having a huge welcome on my first day of college made Ohio State my instant home away from home.

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
I will miss seeing the girls and our coaches every morning, even if it was at 5:45 in the morning and having that constant family there for me everyday no matter how rough the practice.

Barbara Nesbitt , Riverside, Calif.
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
My favorite memory of Ohio State was at the 2009 Collegiate Nationals in San Antonio when our trio and our other Ohio State trio tied for 1st in the trio finals event. It was the first time this had ever happened in Ohio State history.  It was really fun trying to successfully fit all six of us on the first place podium!!!

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
I am going to miss the ‘Do anything for the team,’ attitude.  This attitude sums up what I have felt here on this team and is unique in the sense it has never been a completely true statement on any team I have swam for previous to Ohio State! I will also miss the power of “Go Bucks” in a team setting.

Hannah Shively, Westerville, Ohio
 1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
My favorite memory at Ohio State is walking out on deck at Collegiate Nationals when we hosted in 2008 and seeing all the Scarlet and Gray that came to support us. That was the moment I truly realized what it meant to be a Buckeye.

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
I will miss seeing the girls every day. They are my family and we understand every feeling, every gesture, every part of each other. When you are with the same people and go through every experience together, it’s like they become part of you. I’ll miss that the most.

Emilie Siemer, Cincinnati, Ohio
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
Celebrating in the locker room after team prelims at collegiates in our pool in 2008.

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
I believe it is the ultimate challenge and produces ultimate rewards and I’ll miss both.

Caitlin Stewart , Huntington Beach, Calif.  
1. What is your favorite memory of Ohio State?
My favorite memory while being at Ohio State was my sophomore year when we had a team bond so strong that everyone gave their best effort every day. Nothing felt more satisfying when the judges at North Regionals awarded our team a perfect 10! We swam as one.

2. What will you miss about Ohio State synchronized swimming?
What I will miss most of all about Ohio State synchronized swimming is hearing the encouraging cheers from the “Best Fans in the Land!” GO BUCKS!

20 Regional Titles
The Buckeyes swept all four routines at the 2010 North Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 27-28 to win its 20th regional title. The Buckeyes earned 103 points, while Lindenwood was second with 86. Host school Michigan rounded out the Top 3 with 63 points.

Ohio State placed in the Top 2 spots in the team routine. Barbara Nesbitt, Caitlin Stewart, Deborah Shim, Lauren Robinson, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Jackie Mundy, who made up the Scarlet squad, took first with a score of 95.833. The Gray team, consisting of Raquel Aguado, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Asia Luke, Courtney Courtmanche, Liana Litsky, Kayley Colville and Samantha Schmidt, placed second with a mark of 94.667.

In solo, Nesbitt earned her fourth first-place finish of the season. The senior tallied a score of 92.875.

Michelle Theriault and Meghan Kinney placed first in duet with a mark of 93.375.

In the trio routine, the Scarlet and Gray’s Nesbitt, Shim and Theriault took the top spot with a score of 93.667. Coming in second, with a mark of 92.167, was the group of Kinney, Stewart and Paige Ramsey.

Mother and Son
Head coach Linda Lichter-Witter and her son, Eric Lichter, strength and conditioning coach for the OSU football team, recently shared their experiences about the mother-son coaching combo here at Ohio State. Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for the complete feature.

Leading the Way
The Scarlet team has the highest mark of any team routine this season with a score of 93.330. Senior soloist Barbara Nesbitt has the top mark among the soloists with a 93.500. Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault, who have a score of 93.500, lead the Buckeyes in duet. Deborah Shim, Nesbitt and Theriault pace the Scarlet and Gray in trio with a score of 92.830. All high marks were earned at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb.6 with the exception of Kinney and Theriault, who captured their high score against Richmond Feb. 13.

Up Next
Ohio State will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to defend its national title at the 2010 U.S. Collegiate National Championships March 11-13.