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Nov. 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Synchronized Swimming head coach Holly Vargo Brown announced on Thursday the signing of 8-year Verena Caudell as a member of the team for the next two years.

Caudell, who was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome in 2013, was recruited by Team Impact and paired with the Buckeyes who were looking for a special athlete to complete the final piece of the roster. Team Impact’s mission is to match local children with collegiate teams in an effort to gain strength, support and camaraderie for the child as well as provide courage, resiliency and life perspective that student-athletes can’t learn in a classroom.

“Verena is the perfect person and fit for our program,” said Vargo Brown. “Her enthusiasm, charm and pure joy she brings with her every time we see her is tremendous. Our team was looking to connect with someone long term and we could not have found anyone better. Our team not only gained another member but another sister.”

Verena’s day started with a press conference where she officially signed as a member of the team and took questions various members of the media. She then was shown her locker which was filled with OSU gear and then everyone changed to begin practice. Afterwards, the team surprised Verena with a birthday party as she turned 8 years old on Thursday.

The newest Buckeye is certainly to fit right in with her new swim team as she loves mermaids and swimming. She also loves the movie ‘Frozen’ and you can find her reading The American Girl or Nancy Drew Series. Her favorite athlete is Urban Meyer and enjoys watching OSU football, anything with horses, and going to the zoo.

Most importantly, Verena is excited to officially join the team. With all she battles through, she truly embodies what it means to be a fighter and is sure to be an inspiration to her teammates and coaches. Verena will officially be a member of the team for the next two years but will certainly be a Buckeye For Life.