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Jan. 14, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swim team kicked-off the 2017 season on Saturday by winning the first OSU Zero Waste Invitational. The Buckeyes finished with 94 points, besting Michigan who finished with 70 and Wright State who finished with 20.

Defending national champion soloist Emma Baranski opened her year with an 81.8000 in her first solo routine to finish first in the event.

In the duet, Baranski and Elizabeth Davidson posted an 81.4000 and finished second behind teammates Lorraine Hack and Monica Velazquez-Stiak who won the event with an 81.4667. Noelle St. John and Stephanie Theilemann posted the third-best score in the event at 78.0667 while Wenjing Deng and Jasmine Pulido followed at 77.3333 and Phoebe Coffin and Lizzie Walsh were close behind at 77.0333.

The trio routines featured a pair of sparkling Buckeye performances. Baranski, Davidson and Velazquez-Stiak took first place with a score of 81.6333 and Hack, Alyssa Hoying and Morgan Boneberg posted a score of 80.2333.

The real winner of the day was the Zero Waste Initiative as this event served as the first zero waste event at McCorkle. Behind the efforts of senior Tori Baron, the Buckeyes will strive for zero waste at every home meet this season.

In the technical events, Baranski led a number of Buckeyes in the A Figures with a score of 84.2844. St. John finished second and Hoying finished third. Breanna Malone, who made her Buckeye debut on Saturday, won the B Figures with a score of 69.7500 while Alexa Aton and Lizzie Welzein finished second and third.

The Buckeyes will showcase their team routines for the first time this season on Feb. 4 when they host the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet.