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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will welcome Lindenwood and Michigan for a two-day tri-meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the meet will feature solo, duet and trio performances and at 9 a.m. Sunday the Buckeyes, Wolverines and Lions will participate in the technical competition.

Check It Out
Senior Hannah Shively was featured in the Columbus Dispatch Thursday. In the article, Shively discusses her passion for synchronized swimming and her path thus far as a U.S. National Team member.

2010 Small Routines
Solo
Senior Barbara Nesbitt returns after a spectacular 2009 season. Among many first-place finishes throughout the season, Nesbitt ended her 2009 solo season with a championship performance at U.S. Senior Nationals. The Riverside, Calif., native also took second place at the 2009 U.S. Collegiate National Championships.

“I’m excited about this year because I’m in the right place – physically and mentally,” Nesbitt said. “This will be the strongest year for me. I’ve won senior nationals, but I’ve never won collegiate, so that’s what I’m focused on.”

Nesbitt also was named 2009 USSSA Athlete of the Year.

Duet and Trio
In the duet competition, Meghan Kinney, Caitlin Stewart and Michelle Theriault will represent the Buckeyes.

Throughout the season, two Ohio State teams will perform their trio routines. Barbara Nesbitt, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively and Michelle Theriault will swim together. Katherine Green, Paige Ramsey, Meghan Kinney and Caitlin Stewart also will compete in the trio competitions.

“This year, for the first-time, we have real alternates,” Buckeye head coach Linda Lichter-Witter said. “If something happened, they would be in and wouldn’t miss a beat.”

Last Time Around
Ohio State last competed against Lindenwood and Michigan March 7, 2009 at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet in Columbus. The Buckeyes amassed 91 points in the victory and were followed by Lindenwood (73 points). The Wolverines came in third with 53.5 points.

Going For 26
Last season there was no doubt the Buckeyes were the team to beat. The Scarlet and Gray captured its 25th U.S. Collegiate National Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Ohio State then continued its history-making season with the program’s first U.S. Senior National Championship two weeks later in Palo Alto, Calif.

Buckeyes and U.S. National Teams
Want to know more about your current and future Buckeye U.S. Olympians? Log on to http://www.usasynchro.org/Collegiate.htm for the latest news on United States synchronized swimming.

Don’t Miss Your Buckeyes
Buckeye fans only have two other opportunities to watch the 25-time Collegiate National Champions. After this weekend, Ohio State will host the fourth-annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 6. The Scarlet and Gray then will host a special Senior Night performance at 7 p.m. March 6.

Next Up
The Scarlet and Gray will host the fourth-annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at 6 p.m. Feb. 6.