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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Before the Ohio State synchronized swimming team begins its U.S. Collegiate National title defense, it will host a skills clinic from 2-4 p.m., at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Saturday.

“We have an amazing facility and we have a really good age-group diving program and a really good age-group competitive swim team,” Buckeye head coach Linda Lichter-Witter said. “My goal is to make sure during my legacy we have a really good competitive age-group synchronized swimming team too.”

The Buckeyes are hosting the clinic in hopes of generating a synchronized swimming interest in those 12 and under. The swimmers will be able to get into the pool learn some simple synchronized swimming skills with the defending 2009 National Champions.

“From the standpoint of being a national team coach and seeing how far behind we are in the world, we need to get much better in developing a base for young girls to do this,” Lichter-Witter said. “It’s a fabulous and amazing sport. I want young people to be able to do it.”

The Columbus Coralinas are the current resident synchronized swimming team in Columbus. The citywide club consists of swimmers age 8 to 19. The Scarlet and Gray hopes to help increase the Coralinas’ numbers.

In its season opener, Ohio State will host Lindenwood and Michigan at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 23.