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Feb. 15, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Synchronized Swimming team had a successful Valentine’s Day weekend in Virginia, winning a pair of head-to-head duals with Richmond and William & Mary.

The Buckeyes scored 102 points on Saturday at Richmond and posted a season-high mark of 124 points in a win at William & Mary on Sunday.

Junior Emma Baranski had another great weekend. She posted her two highest scores of her career in the solo routine, notching a career-best 89.0667 at W&M after posting an 87.9333 on Saturday. Freshman Wenjing Deng also competed in the solo routine and posted her highest score of the year with an 85.0000 at Richmond.

The Buckeyes had three duets and trios compete on both days of competition. Baranski and Monica Velazquez-Stiak took first each day in the duet with scores of 84.9667 and 85.8000. They were followed by Lorraine Hack and Alyssa Hoying with scored 81.3667 at Richmond and 83.0000 at William & Mary. The duet of Jessica Giannuzzi and Elizabeth Walsh also posted a season-high this weekend, scoring 80.3667 at Richmond on Saturday.

In the trio, Baranski, Velazquez-Stiak and Elizabeth Davidson put together a pair of solid routines to take first with scores of 85.8333 and 85.1000. Hack, Hoying and Morgan Boneberg also had good routines and were close behind at 84.8000 and 84.5667. The trio of Sarah House, Amrian Johnson and Lizzie Welzien enjoyed their two best performances of the year with scores of 77.7333 and 78.7000.

The Gray squad swam its routine on both Saturday and Sunday, notching an 84.8333 at Richmond and an 84.3000 at William & Mary.

The Buckeyes also competed in a technical competition at William & Mary on Sunday. Freshman Stephanie Thielemann took first in the B Figures with a score of 73.9030 while Welzien was second at 71.6546 and Natalie Huibregtse took third at 71.5697. In the A Figures, Baranski took first at 82.5903 followed by Velazquez-Stiak (81.4445) and Deng (79.7361).

Ohio State will be on the road again next weekend when it heads to Boston, Mass., for a meet with Boston University and Wheaton College on Saturday, Feb. 20.