COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State synchronized swimming team took the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion by storm Saturday, claiming first and third place in the team competition.
The Scarlet squad, comprised of Michelle Benzie, Jayme DeLancy, Carmen Moraes, Barbara Nesbitt, Leah Pinette, Deborah Shim, Caitlin Stewart and Michelle Theriault pulled out all the stops, displaying its best routine of the season with a score of 98.500 to take the title of best collegiate team in the U.S. The Gray squad of Kaitlin Bolt, Julia Broadfoot, Liz Derr, Jackie Mundy, Brooke Paul, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Kendra Sollars also contributed a stellar performance, coming up just shy of Stanford with a score of 95.333 for third.
Overall, Stanford was the high-point team winner with 94 points, claiming its fourth-consecutive national title with Ohio State earning the runner-up spot with 87 points.
The Buckeyes also earned top marks in the solo, duet and trio categories. Soloist Nesbitt recorded a score of 94.833 points to take the bronze medal in the category. In duet competition, the combination of Stewart and Theriault took fourth place with a score of 93.833. In the trio category, two Buckeye teams finished in the Top 3. Nesbitt, Stewart and Theriault came together to claim second place with a routine that earned marks of 95.000, while teammates Moraes, Pinette and Shim took fourth with a score of 93.167.
For their efforts throughout the 2008 U.S. Collegiate National Championships, Nesbitt and Pinette earned All-America honors. Moraes, Shim, Stewart and Theriault were named honorary All-Americans.
The Buckeyes will next compete at the 2008 U.S. National competition when they take their routines on the road one last time April 30-May 4 in Long Island, N.Y.