June 12, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State synchronized swimming head coach Holly Vargo Brown announced the signing of four student-athletes – Rachel Jager, Renee Stehlik, Daria Torba and Sarah Walsh – for the 2017 class.

“After having ten senior student-athletes finish an incredibly successful final season this year, it was very important for us to carefully select our incoming freshmen based on who can make an immediate impact on the program,” said Vargo Brown. “These four student-athletes are not only great swimmers and students, but they all have a solid vision of what it takes to be a Buckeye.  I’m looking forward to having them on board.”

Club Team:  U.S. Senior National Training Squad
Hometown:  Williamsville, N.Y.
High School:  Northgate High School

Career Highlights:

  • U.S. Senior National Team – 2016 (Will represent the U.S. at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary this July.
  • U.S. Junior National Team – 2015
  • Swiss Open Team Champion – 2015
  • U.S. Senior National Combo Champion – 2015
  • U.S 13/15 National Team – 2014

Why Rachel chose Ohio State…
“I chose OSU because I was raised with Buckeye fans, admired their reputation of academic excellence and dreamed of swimming for a program that is an athletic powerhouse.”


Club Team:  Walnut Creek Aquanuts
Hometown:  Pleasant Hill, Calif.
High School:  College Park High School

Career Highlights:

  • U.S Junior National Team Member – 2016
  • Swiss Open Team Champion – 2015
  • U.S. Age Group Nationals Team Champion – 2011 and 2013

Why Renee chose Ohio State…
“It’s been my dream to swim for Ohio State since I was 11, and I wanted to continue my love of synchronized swimming.”


Club Team:  Walnut Creek Aquanuts
Hometown:  Orinda, Calif.
High School:  Miramonte High School

Career Highlights: 

  • U.S. National Team Member:  2011. 2013. 2014. 2015, 2016
  • Junior National Team Champion:  2015
  • West Zone Team Champion – 2015
  • UANA Team Champion – 2014
  • UANA Team Champion – 2013
  • U.S. Age Group Nationals Team Champion – 2011, 2012, 2013
  • U.S. Age Group Trio Champion – 2011, 2013

Why Diara chose Ohio State… 
“I loved all the opportunities Ohio State has, and I love to be a part of a team.”


Club Team:  Cincinnati Synchrogators
Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
High School:  Mount Notre Dame High School

Career Highlights:

  • U.S. Junior National Team Member – 2017
  • North Zone Figure, Duet, Team and Combo Champion – 2017
  • Ohio Association and Ohio/Indiana Championship Figure Winner – 2016
  • North Zone Solo and Figures Silver Medalist – 2016
  • North Zone Athlete of the Year – 2017

Why Sarah chose Ohio State…
“I truly felt at home and welcomed when I stepped on to campus. I believe that Ohio State will help me create a future which I can look back on and be proud of.”