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Feb. 22, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will return to the road for the third-consecutive week when it travels to Canton, Ohio, for the Walsh Invitational at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes (9-0) will join host Walsh and Canisius to complete the three-team meet at the Northeast Community Center.

HAVEN’T WE MET?
When Ohio State travels to Canton, Ohio, to face Walsh and Canisius, it will be the Buckeyes’ second meeting with both teams.

Earlier in the season, Ohio State finished ahead of Walsh at the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 20 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes recorded 96 points for first, while the Cavaliers registered 48 points for third.

Last weekend, the Scarlet and Gray posted 100 points to outdistance its two opponents, including Canisius, which tallied 89 points for a second-place finish.

SCARLET FEVER
Since the Scarlet Team debuted its team routines at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 3 in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, they have dominated the event, winning each time by more than three points.

At the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet, team Scarlet scored a 95.000, 3.334 points more than its nearest competitor. The following weekend at Richmond (Feb. 10) and William & Mary (Feb. 11), the Buckeyes notched a 93.000 and a 96.000, respectively to outdistance the competition by 12.75 and 11.75 points. In Keuka, N.Y., vs. Keuka and Canisius (Feb. 17), the Scarlet roster tallied a 93.167, 4.333 points better than the second-place finisher.

GET OUT THE BROOMS
Ohio State has swept the top spot in all four routines this year in all five meets this season with the exception of the Keuka Tri-Meet Feb. 17.

In the solo event, the Buckeyes’ Barbara Nesbitt finished second for the first time this season with a mark of 92.167, only .333 points behind the first-place finisher. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
The Gray Team will be the lone representative for the Buckeyes at the Walsh Invitational Saturday. The young Gray Team is looking to gain additional experience before Ohio State hosts the North Regional championships March 3 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The Scarlet and Gray also will send just one duet routine to the event.

WALSH INVITATIONAL – 2006
Ohio State finished first at the Walsh Invitational Feb. 18, 2006 at the Northeast Community Center in Canton, Ohio. The Buckeyes recorded 86 points to outdistance second-place finisher Canisius, which posted 72 points. Keuka and Walsh were third and fourth with 67 and 54 points, respectively.

In the trio event, the group of Michelle Benzie, Julia Broadfoot and Jayme DeLancy executed a first-place performance with a score of 90.333. Teammates Leayn Pinette, Leah Pinette and Erin Schmidt were second with a mark of 90.167.

Leayn and Leah also won the duet competition, scoring an 89.666. The duo of Megan Mikulecki and Brooke Paul were third, notching an 87.000.

DeLancy was the Buckeyes’ lone soloist and she finished second with a mark of 87.166 behind Keuka’s Rebecca Story, who earned a score of 88.000.

In the team event, the OSU `B’ team recorded a 93.334 to finish first.

ECLIPSING THE CENTURY MARK
The Buckeyes scored 101 points against William & Mary Feb. 11, cracking the century mark for the first time this season.

LAST TIME OUT – KEUKA, CANISIUS
Ohio State tallied 100 points to outdistance Canisius and Keuka Feb. 17 at the Weeds Physical Arts Center in Keuka, N.Y. With the first-place finish, the Buckeyes improved their record to 9-0.

Ohio State won three of four events, placing first in trio, duo and the team competition.

The group of Barbara Nesbitt, Leah Pinette and Hannah Shively notched an 89.500 for first place in trio. Classmates Ellen Hacker, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart were second with an 86.667.

The pair of Hacker and Stewart finished with top honors in duet, scoring a 91.167. In exhibition action, the duo of Brooke Paul and Jackie Mundy tallied 86.833 points, which faired better than four duet routines.

In the solo event, Nesbitt earned 92.167 points to finish second behind Natalia Tarasova of Canisius (92.500).

The Scarlet Team continued to dominate the team portion, as it recorded a 93.167, more than three points ahead of its nearest opponent. The team from Canisius finished second with a mark of 89.833, while the Ohio State Gray Team was third with an 88.333.

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 debuted 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.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will host the North Regional championships at 2 p.m. March 3 in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Top 12 routines and figures from the North Regional event will join the Top 12 finishers from the other three regional competitions at the 2007 U.S. Collegiate National Championships, hosted by Wheaton College, March 21-24.