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April 12, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team were named 2005 All-Americans, United States Synchronized Swimming has announced. Senior Lindsay Newbill (Laguana Hills, Calif./Laguana Hills) and sophomores Becky Kim (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) and Ellen Hacker Newark, Ohio/Newark) represented Ohio State among 19 honorees. The award is given to the Top 14 finishers at the Collegiate National Championships, including ties, who also are American citizens.

Newbill earned her fourth All-America award, becoming the first accomplish that feat since Mary Hofer and Beth Kreimer were All-Americans from 1999-02. Newbill also is the 18th member of the Ohio State synchronized swimming program to earn the honor four times. The award was the second for Kim and the first for Hacker.

In addition, juniors Carly Grimshaw (Markham, Ontario/Markham District) and Chelsea Luker (Montreal, Quebec/Antoine De St-Exupery) were recognized as honorary All-Americans, their third such honor. Grimshaw and Luker both have dual citizenship in Canada and Great Britain.

Eight members of the Ohio State also earned Academic All-America status. Student-athletes who earn this honor must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or above. The 2005 honorees for Ohio State included Jessica Beck (Jr., Richmond, Va./Freeman), Michelle Benzie (Fr., El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills), Heather Burdick (Sr., Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate), Grimshaw, Megan Mikulecky (Jr., Carmichael, Calif./El Camio), Leah Pinette (Fr., Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central), Stephanie Raftery (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) and Ashley Rule (So., San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

Ohio State will conclude the season April 28-30 at the United States National Championships in Federal Way, Wash.