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COLUMBUS, Ohio– Weeks before the nation’s top talent traveled to Ohio State’s Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the 2008 U.S. Collegiate National Synchronized Swimming Championships, USA Synchro put out the challenge to all local media to put their athletic skills to the test. Casting fear and pride aside, Omar Ruiz of NBC 4 gladly stepped up to the “Synch or Sink” challenge, spending the morning under the tutelage of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team.

Ruiz, geared up in his wetsuit, goggles, nose clips and Ohio State swimming cap, was eager to learn. Quick to participate in the team jump, the sports reporter got right to work. The Scarlet team taught him first how to float, before practicing a few stunts and lastly they attempted a lift. Although head coach Linda Lichter-Witter may not be too quick to offer him a spot on the team, everyone agreed Ruiz was a good sport and was one of the best that USA Synchro has seen in the many years they have been conducting the challenge.

Johnny DiLoretto from Fox 28 Good Day Columbus also participated in USA Synchro’s “Synch or Sink” challenge Thursday morning.

Day two of the U.S. Collegiate Championships is underway Friday. Athletes are currently competing in the technical competition, with the team semifinal to begin 3:35 p.m.