COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the 2010 North Regional Championships Saturday and Sunday. The Buckeyes will seek their 20th regional title.
A Change in Location
Ohio State will not serve as hosts of the North Regional championships this year. The Ohio State Department of Athletics is currently hosting the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The “McCorkle” is so popular it has actually hosted six major collegiate events since it opened in 2005. Next month, Ohio State also will host the 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
2010 Men’s NCAA Championships (March 25-27)
2010 Men’s Big Ten Championships (Feb. 24-27)
2008 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships
2008 Women’s NCAA Championships
2008 Women’s Big Ten Championships
2007 Men’s Big Ten Championships
2006 Women’s Big Ten Championships
2009 North Regional Championships
Ohio State swept all four events to capture its 19th regional title at the 2009 North Regional Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes finished in first place with 103 points. Lindenwood placed second (82) and Carleton College rounded out the Top 3 with 68 points.
In the team routine, the Scarlet squad, took first place with a score of 97.333. The Gray team captured second place with a 94.833.
In the solo routine, Barbara Nesbitt was first with a score of 94.667. Katherine Green also participated in the event, performing an exhibition routine. She earned a mark of 87.667, but the score did not count in the overall team tally.
Former Buckeye Becky Kim and Meghan Kinney garnered a first-place finish in the duet. The duo earned a mark of 95.333.
In the trio event, Ohio State earned the Top 2 spots. Kinney, Carmen Moraes, currently a volunteer assistant coach with the Buckeyes, and Caitlin Stewart finished first with a score of 95.333, followed by teammates Nesbitt, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault, who recorded a mark of 93.667.
Back-to-Back Top Finishes
Ohio State defeated both Richmond and William & Mary, scoring 93 and 105 points, respectively, in back-to-back competitions Feb. 13-14.
In the team routine, the Scarlet squad, consisting of Jackie Mundy, Paige Ramsey, Lauren Robinson, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Caitlin Stewart, finished first with a mark of 93.083 at Richmond. The team placed second at William & Mary with a score of 92.750.
The Gray team – Kayley Colville, Raquel Aguado, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Sara Schmidt, Colleen Courtmanche, Jenny Mann and Liana Litsky – placed second, scoring a 90.500 against the Spiders. The group garnered a first-place finish against the Tribe, recording a 94.500.
In the solo routine, Aguado took first place in both competitions, earning an 86.500 against Richmond and recording a score of 91.333 at William & Mary.
Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault represented Ohio State in the duet competitions both days. The duo earned a 93.500 the first day against Richmond and finished off their weekend with a score of 92.500 against William & Mary.
In trio, Kinney, Ramsey and Stewart placed first in both competitions. The group earned a mark of 91.500 against the Spiders and a 94.167 vs. the Tribe.
Mother and Son
Head coach Linda Lichter-Witter and her son, Eric Lichter, strength and conditioning coach for the football team, recently shared their experiences about the mother-son coaching combo here at Ohio State. The complete feature soon will be uploaded on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
One More Chance
Fans, and those who just may be interested in checking out the Buckeyes, have one more chance to watch the Scarlet and Gray in person at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team will hold a special Senior Night Performance at 7 p.m. March 6 before defending their collegiate national title March 11-13 in Palo Alto, Calif.
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.
Before heading to Palo Alto, Calif., for the 2010 U.S. Collegiate National Championships March 11-13, Ohio State will return to Columbus for a Senior Night Performance at 7 p.m. March 6.