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COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Meghan Kinney, a letterwinner for the Ohio State synchronized swimming team in 2009 and 2010, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall, she knew the fight ahead would be tougher than any competition in her storied synchronized swimming career. Stepping up to help with Kinney’s attack, fellow Buckeyes from the rowing team recently volunteered their time and efforts to raise more than $800 on her behalf.

Through donations from fans attending the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, members of the rowing team were able to contribute to Team Meghan, a foundation that was created to help Kinney and her family offset the costs of treatment.

This is not the first time the rowing team has stepped up to the plate for Team Meghan. In fact, the group also came up with the idea to raise money for the cause by selling Team Meghan wristbands.

“When our team heard about Meghan’s fight we all felt compelled to do something to help,” Erika Benford, a senior on the rowing team, said. “The idea of fundraising to help pay her medical bills was brought up and we thought the best way to do that would be to sell the wristbands.”

The rowing team is just one of a collection of Ohio State student-athletes volunteering time and money to Team Meghan’s campaign. The fencing, synchronized swimming, men’s swimming and diving, men’s hockey, men’s track, women’s volleyball and men’s golf teams also are aiding in the effort. 

“The bands allowed us not only to help collect donations, but to be able to wear our support around our wrists,” Benford said. “We want this effort to show Meghan we are all here for her.”

To date, the collective effort has raised more than $2,500. However, the goal is to raise at least $10,000 for the cause, Benford said.

The synchronized swimming Buckeyes will continue in the fundraising efforts this weekend at the men’s hockey games Friday and Saturday vs. Lake Superior State on the concourse of Value City Arena.

Kinney was training for the 2012 London Olympics in Colorado Springs when she was diagnosed. She was coming off an impressive performance at the 2010 FINA World Cup in Shanghai, China, where she represented the United States with a fifth-place finish in a duet with Ohio State teammate Michelle Theriault. Kinney soon returned to Columbus to begin treatment.

With grace and her unquestioned competitive drive, Kinney is fighting bone cancer with the support of her entire Buckeye family. Buckeye fans can join the effort to support Team Meghan by visiting www.teammeghan.com.