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COLUMBUS, Ohio – USA Synchronized Swimming hosted the first of three trials for its Senior National Team at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Saturday and Sunday. The top twenty-seven of forty-nine athletes advanced to phase two of the competition. The national team will consist of twelve synchronized swimmers.

The Buckeyes had 15 student-athletes looking to advance and Jayme DeLancy, Katherine Green, Meghan Kinney, Barbara Nesbitt, Jillian Penner, Lauren Robinson, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively, Michelle Theriault and former Ohio State synchronized swimmer Leah Pinette (2005-08) made the first cut and will compete in phase two in May.

Three captured Top 10 finishes with Nesbitt leading the way in third (89.563), Pinette was fourth (89.439) and Theriault tallied an 85.516 to take 10th. Ohio State had four more Buckeyes finish in the Top 20 with Shively (82.903), DeLancy (82.381), Shim (82.189) and 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 the team USA in the 2008 Olympics.

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, 36th) also competed in the two-day event.

Penner and Kinney also participated in the phase one senior duet trials and advanced to the next trial.

Up next, the Buckeyes will host Keuke College and Michigan for the OSU Tri-meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion January 24. The event will consist of solo, duet and trio routines only. 

National Team Trials
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Jan. 17-18

Name    Placed   Score
Barbara Nesbitt  3rd   89.563
Leah Pinette    4th   89.439
Michelle Theriault  10th   85.516
Hannah Shively  16th   82.903
Jayme DeLancy  17th   82.381
Deborah Shim  18th   82.189  
Lauren Robinson  19th    82.033
Liz Derr   43rd    71.353
Monica Finnigan  41st     72.577
Rita Gillan   32nd   76.315
Jackie Mundy  29th    77.542
Emilie Siemer   31st     76.881
Kendra Sollars  36th    74.441