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Feb. 15, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team returns to the road when it travels to Keuka, N.Y., to face Keuka College at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Weed Physical Arts Center.

At the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 20 in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the Buckeyes (7-0) finished ahead of the Storm, 96-70. Walsh was third with 48 points.

IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING
The Scarlet Team notched a season-high 96.000 in the team competition against William & Mary Feb. 11. It was only the squad’s third performance of the year. At the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 3, the Scarlet Team notched a 95.000 and against Richmond Feb. 10, the group tallied a 93.000.

ECLIPSING THE CENTURY MARK
The Buckeyes scored 101 points against William & Mary Feb. 11, cracking the century mark for the first time this season. Ohio State came close to earning 100 points at the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 20 with its 96 points.

A LOOK A KEUKA
In its last meet vs. Canisius Feb. 2, Keuka dropped a 90-75 decision to the Golden Griffins. At the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 20 in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Keuka finished behind Ohio State, 96-70, and ahead of Walsh, which tallied 48 points. Keuka defeated Canisius in its initial meeting, 34.5-29, in November.

STAYING ON TRACK
There is no slowing down for the Buckeyes, as they continue to dominate all events. Ohio State again took the top spot in every routine against Richmond and William & Mary.

LAST TIME OUT – RICHMOND/WILLIAM & MARY
Ohio State went 2-0 during the weekend of Feb. 10, defeating Richmond, 89-71, Saturday and William & Mary, 101-86, Sunday. The Buckeyes’ (7-0) 101 points was a season high.

Against Richmond, the meet started with the trio competition with the grouping of Barbara Nesbitt, Leah Pinette and Hannah Shively finishing first with a score of 90.833. The trio of Ellen Hacker, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart were second with a 90.667.

The duo of Hacker and Stewart were the lone OSU pairing in duet and they took the top spot with a mark of 89.500.

In the solo event, Nesbitt continued to dominate, earning a 93.167 for first place, while classmate Moraes was second with 88.333 points.

In the team competition, the Scarlet Team notched a 93.000 to outpace Richmond’s 80.250.

The Buckeyes notched a season-high 101 points against William & Mary for their seventh win of the season. Hacker, Stewart and Moraes won their third trio event of the season after scoring an 89.833 to edge teammates Nesbitt, Pinette and Shively’s 89.500.

Like in the Richmond match-up, Hacker and Stewart were the lone OSU representatives in the duet, but they outdistanced their nearest opposition by more than 12 points, scoring a 91.500.

In solo, Nesbitt and Moraes again finished in the Top 2, with Nesbitt recording a 92.167 and Moraes tallying an 89.833.

The Scarlet Team took the top spot in the team competition, scoring a season-best 96.000 points.

LUKER NAMED VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT
Former Buckeye Chelsea Luker has been named the volunteer assistant coach. Luker completed her OSU career last season and was a four-time honorary All-American. The Montreal, Quebec, native was a collegiate national champion in duet in 2003 with Suzanna Hyatt and for her efforts she was a Division I All-Collegiate honoree. In 2004, Luker was a part of an OSU `A’ team that won the team competition at collegiate nationals. Luker and former Buckeye Carly Grimshaw qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, as a member of the Great Britain National Team.

GETTING BETTER EACH TIME
In their second meet of the season, the Buckeyes improved their scores in each of their routines by an average of 1.627 points. Soloist Barbara Nesbitt made the biggest jump, recording a 91.833 at the OSU Tri-Meet before notching a 95.000 at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet.

AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT
For the first time this season, the Ohio State Scarlet and Gray teams debut its team routines and finished in the Top 2. The Scarlet squad finished first with a 95.500 and the Gray team was second, recording a 91.167.

GET OUT THE BROOMS
Just like in the OSU Tri-Meet, the Buckeyes swept the Top 2 spots in all events at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet. The only exception was the solo and duet events because Ohio State submitted only one routine. The pair of Ellen Hacker and Caitlin Stewart won duet with a score of 91.833 and Barbara Nesbitt finished first in solo with a 95.000.

NATIONALLY KNOWN
Ohio State synchronized swimmer Becky Kim, who is redshirting her senior year to vie for a spot on the U.S. National team for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, helped the U.S. National Team I squad to a fourth-place finish at the 2006 FINA World Cup Championships in Yokohama, Japan, Sept. 17. Kim was joined by former Buckeye Kate Hooven, a 2004 All-American. The U.S. contingent finished the team competition with a score of 95.850. Russia finished first (99.100), while Japan (97.750) and Spain (97.600) finished second and third, respectively.

The competition ran Sept. 14-17 and featured top international synchronized swimming rivalries in solo, duet and team events. Full recaps of the competition, including video and photo galleries, can be viewed at www.usasynchro.com.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will travel to Canton, Ohio, Feb. 24 for the Walsh Invitational.