Feb. 3, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Synchronized Swimming team will host its final home meet of the season, the Jessica Beck Memorial, on Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. where OSU will recognize its two seniors, Amrian Johnson and Julia Toro. That will be followed by the trio, duet and solo competitions. After a brief warm-up period, the team competition, which is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m., will cap the event. Michigan, Miami of Ohio and Wright State will also compete on Saturday.
The Buckeyes are coming off a solid first outing of the season at the OSU Invitational on Jan. 16. Looking to build on that performance, OSU will have 19 athletes in action this Saturday.
The trio of Lorraine Hack, Alyssa Hoying and Morgan Boneberg posted a score of 82.4667 en route to winning the OSU Invitational three weeks ago. They will be joined this weekend by Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson and Monica Velazquez-Stiak as well as the trio of Johnson, Sarah House and Lizzie Welzien.
The Buckeyes will have three duets competing as well with Hack and Hoying, followed by Baranski and Velazquez-Stiak and then Jessica Giannuzzi and Elizabeth Walsh. Baranski and Velazquez-Stiak opened the year with a solid score of 84.0000 at the OSU Invitational. Baranski will then compete with freshman Wenjing Deng in the solo competition.
Saturday will be the first time the Scarlet and Gray teams compete in 2016. The Scarlet squad will be represented by Boneberg, Davidson, Deng, Hack, Hoying, Velazquez-Stiak, Noelle St. John and Stephanie Thielemann. Swimming for the Gray Squad will be Giannuzzi, Walsh, Welzien, Tori Baron, Renee Collett, Natalie Huibregtse, Alex Meredith-Le Roux and Jasmine Pulido.
The Jessica Beck Memorial Meet, formerly known as the OSU Collegiate Meet, is in honor of Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Catherine Beck who died Sept. 15, 2005. Beck, who was 21 and a native of Richmond, Va., would have competed in her senior season in 2006. The Buckeyes renamed the OSU Collegiate Meet to the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet in her honor in 2007.
In her second year at Ohio State, Beck was a member of the Buckeye `B’ team that placed second at the North Regional championships and fourth at the Collegiate National championships. As a junior, she played an integral role in helping the OSU `B’ team regain the bronze medal at the U.S. Collegiate National championships with her flawless execution of the vertical team lift.
Beck also excelled in the classroom, garnering Academic All-America accolades for three-consecutive years. Majoring in communication, Beck was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete award winner and was named to the Dean’s List.