COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will travel to St. Charles, Mo., to compete in the Lindenwood Synchronized Swimming Invitational Saturday.
Synchronized swimming is one of the newest athletic programs at Lindenwood and this is the first event the Lions will host. The other programs participating in the invitational are Incarnate Word and Miami (Ohio).
Incarnate Word finished fourth among the nation’s top synchronized swimming teams at the 2008 U.S. Collegiate Nationals.
The Ohio State synchronized swimming team posted 94 points to defeat Keuka College and Michigan at the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 24 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
In the solo routine, senior Barbara Nesbitt recorded an 89.333 to finish first.
The Buckeyes also claimed the top two spots in both the duet and trio. Meghan Kinney and Jillian Penner won the duet competition with a mark of 90.333 followed by teammates Jayme DeLancy and Deborah Shim in second with a score of 88.500.
Kinney, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart garnered a score of 91.000 to take first in trio. Nesbitt, Shim and Michelle Theriault finished just behind with a 90.17 second-place finish.
Before the meet, the student-athletes participated in a technical element competition, ranging from Figures A-D. Penner took first in Figure A, while Hilary Deason took first in Figure B.
U.S. Senior National Team Trials
USA Synchronized Swimming hosted the first of three trials for its Senior National Team at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 17-18. The top 27 athletes advanced to phase two of the competition in May.
Three Buckeyes captured Top 10 finishes with Nesbitt leading the way in third (89.563). Former Buckeye Leah Pinette was fourth (89.439) and Michelle Theriault tallied an 85.516 to take 10th. Ohio State had four more swimmers finish in the Top 20 with Hannah Shively (82.903), DeLancy (82.381), Shim (82.189) and Lauren Robinson (82.033) taking the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th places, respectively.
Penner and Kinney automatically advanced to phase two for team trials, having competed for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Both swimmers also participated in the phase one senior duet trials and advanced to the next trial.
Liz Derr (71.353, 43rd), Monica Finnigan (72.577, 41st), Rita Gillan (76.315, 32nd), Jackie Mundy (77.542, 29th), Emilie Siemer (76.881, 31st) and Kendra Sollars (74.441, 43rd) also competed in the two-day event.
Scarlet and Gray
The Scarlet finished first in team routine at the 2008 U.S. Collegiate National Championships, holding off defending national champion Stanford. The squad also garnered first in team at the 2008 North Regional Championships and the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet. They also placed second in team at the 2008 U.S. Senior National Championships.
The Gray team also had an impressive 2008 season, earning top marks at the 2008 North Regional Championships and the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet.
The Buckeyes will return home to host the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Feb. 7.