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April 24, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team (39-1) returns to the pool after more than a month off when it competes at the 2006 U.S. National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The meet will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex beginning Thursday and runs through Saturday. For complete results, log on to usasynchro.org.

What: 2006 U.S. National Championships
When: April 27-29
Where: Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ticket Info: Preliminaries sessions – $5
Finals sessions – $10 (children 13 and under – $5)

Schedule
Thursday
11:55 a.m. – Solo Preliminary Free Competition
2:55 p.m. -Duet Preliminary Free Competition
6:30 p.m. – Team Preliminary Free Competition

Friday
10:25 a.m. – Solo Preliminary Technical Competition
12:25 p.m. – Duet Preliminary Technical Competition
3:35 p.m. – Team Preliminary Technical Competition

Saturday
9:45 a.m. – Solo Final Free Competition
10:50 a.m. – Duet Final Free Competition
2 p.m. – Team Final Free Competition

2006 U.S. COLLEGIATE MEDALISTS
Although the Buckeyes did not win the team championship at the 2006 U.S. Collegiate National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., Ohio State did garner gold medal performances in two events. Freshman Kendra Sollars finished first in the `B’ figures competition, scoring a 72.526 to outdistance her nearest opponent, Elizabeth Chinoransky of Incarnate Word, by almost a point (71.648 – .878). The group of Ellen Hacker, Becky Kim and Carmen Moraes won the trio event, scoring a 93.667 to edge Stanford’s crew, which earned a 93.500. The trio reclaimed the gold medal for Ohio State after losing it to Stanford in 2005.

Second place finishes included soloist Becky Kim, who notched a 94.333. The duo of Carly Grimshaw and Chelsea Luker scored a 94.167 for second.

ON THE NATIONAL CIRCUIT
In addition to vying for the senior national title, Ohio State’s Leah and Leayn Pinette also will compete for a chance to remain on the U.S. National Team II roster at the U.S. National championships after earning spots on the 2005 team. The U.S. team members will begin their 2006 stint at the U.S. Open July 16-22 in Orlando, Fla.

Buckeye Becky Kim was named to the Team I squad Nov. 21, 2005. Kim earned a spot on the 12-member roster after competing in the Senior National team trials Nov. 18-20 in Portland, Ore.

Serving as a member of the 2005 Team I squad, Kim was one of seven swimmers who returned to the 2006 team. Team I will represent the United States at the FINA World Cup Sept. 14-17, 2006, in Yokohama, Japan.

Several Buckeyes also will participate in phase I of the 2007 U.S. Team trials. Michelle Benzie, Julia Broadfoot, Jayme DeLancy, Erin DeMarco, Kim, Brooke Paul, Leah and Leayn and Kendra Sollars will attempt to qualify for the phase II competition.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR
Ohio State finished fourth in the team final with a mark of 95.500 at the 2005 U.S. National Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Former Buckeye Lindsay Newbill and Becky Kim earned a seventh-place finish in the duet final with a score of 93.333.

After the championships, then-Buckeye and current volunteer assistant coach Heather Burdick and Leah and Leayn Pinette were named to the U.S. National Team II roster following the final phase of the Team II trials.

THREE’S COMPANY
Ellen Hacker, Becky Kim and Carmen Moraes capped the collegiate season with a gold medal performance at the 2006 U.S. Collegiate National Championships. En route to their first-place routine, the group won every trio event they competed in during the regular season. They did not see action in the OSU College Association and Walsh Invitational meets. In all, the trio won seven routines in 2006 with their team-best of 94.833 coming against William & Mary Feb. 12.

DYNAMIC DUOS
The duo of Carly Grimshaw and Chelsea Luker won six duet routines out of seven meets in 2006 and finished second at the collegiate national championships. The two did not compete at the Walsh Invitational Feb. 18. Grimshaw and Luker own a team-best 95.833, recorded vs. William & Mary Feb. 12.

SUPREME SOLOIST
Junior Becky Kim won five regular-season solo routines and finished second at the U.S. Collegiate National championships. Kim recorded a team-best 95.667 at the Ohio Invitational Jan. 29.

A PERSONAL BEST
The Buckeye `B’ team recorded a personal-best 94.667 at the U.S. Collegiate National championships. The squad’s previous high was a 94.330, notched at the North Regional championships in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion March 4.

LAST TIME OUT – U.S. COLLEGIATE NATIONALS
Ohio State compiled 92 points to finish second at the 2006 U.S. Collegiate National Championships at the Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif., behind host Stanford which recorded 96 points.

Buckeye freshman Kendra Sollars finished first in the `B’ elements competition, scoring a 72.526 and the trio of Ellen Hacker, Becky Kim and Carmen Moraes won gold in the event with a mark of 93.667.

SENIOR SALUTE
Prior to the North Regional championships March 4, seven Buckeye seniors were honored, as they are nearing the end of their OSU synchronized swimming careers.

The 2006 senior class includes Lauren Byrom, Leslie Edgerton, Carly Grimshaw, Chelsea Luker, Megan Mikulecky, Stephanie Raftery and Erin Schmidt. In memoriam, Jessica Beck, who would have been a senior in 2006, also was honored.

400-CLUB
Buckeye head coach Linda Lichter-Witter collected her 400th win at the OSU College Association Meet Feb. 4.

After guiding OSU to a first-place finish out of five teams, Lichter-Witter improved her Ohio State and career record to 402-7.

Lichter-Witter now owns a 432-8 ledger after entering her 11th season as the OSU coach with a 393-7 record.

THE CENTURY MARK
Ohio State cracked the century mark twice in 2006 after compiling 100 points at the North Regional championships March 4 and 105 points vs. William & Mary Feb. 12.

UP AND UP
Freshman Carmen Moraes recorded a personal-best 91.500 in the solo routine at the OSU College Association Meet Feb. 4. Moraes bettered her mark of 86.667 compiled at the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 21.

PLAN A
The Ohio State `A’ team scored a team-best 96.500 at the North Regional championships March 4. The Buckeyes topped their previous high of 95.833 scored against Richmond Feb. 11.