Feb. 1, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes will host the seventh-annual Jessica Beck Memorial Competition at 2 p.m. Saturday in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The teams scheduled to compete, in addition to Ohio State, include Ball State, Miami University, Michigan and William & Mary.

The meet will not feature a technical competition, but fans will be able to see many of the top routines in the nation in the following order: trio, duet, solo and team. (Please note, schedule is subject to change).


The 2013 Buckeyes would like to show their appreciation and gratitude to all Ohio State synchronized swimming alumni by inviting them to a post-meet social in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Wet Classroom. The Wet Classroom is located on the west side of the pool deck behind the head table.


The Jessica Beck Memorial Meet, formerly known as the OSU Collegiate Meet, is in honor of Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Catherine Beck who died Sept. 15, 2005. Beck, who was 21 and a native of Richmond, Va., would have competed in her senior season in 2006. The Buckeyes renamed the OSU Collegiate Meet to the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet in her honor in 2007.

In her second year at Ohio State, Beck was a member of the Buckeye ‘B’ team that placed second at the North Regional championships and fourth at the Collegiate National championships. As a junior, she played an integral role in helping the OSU ‘B’ team regain the bronze medal at the U.S. Collegiate National championships with her flawless execution of the vertical team lift.

Beck also excelled in the classroom, garnering Academic All-America accolades for three-consecutive years. Majoring in communication, Beck was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete award winner and was named to the Dean’s List.

At the meet, there will be tables set up by the American Red Cross where fans can learn more about this organization and have the opportunity to make a financial contribution.

“In memory of Jess, we decided to give back to our communities and help people in need,” the 2013 synchronized swimming senior class said. “We selected the Red Cross because of their extensive effort to help people in need. Also, this was one of Jess’s favorite organizations to be a part of. So with her legacy continuing on, we add ours so that future and current Buckeyes will work hard, give back, and never ever give up!”


The meet is the Buckeyes’ centennial match as the Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and membership in the Big Ten Conference. Throughout the season for all sports, fans can log on to to learn more about the history of the Ohio State Athletics Department, including timelines, by the numbers, video and historical images from the past 100 years.


Katie LaBounty and Chelsea Aton competed at the U.S. Senior National Team Trials Jan. 19-21 and advance to Phase II of the national team trials after finishing among the Top 20 in the competition. Phase II is set to take place May 2-6 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

“Competing in this event was fun and stressful,” LaBounty said. “I trained and perfected the routine in a two-week period. I was happy to be competing for the Buckeyes and it was nice to represent my team at an event that was not strictly collegiate.”


Ohio State opened the 2013 season hosting the Ohio State Invitational Jan. 19 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes scored 93 points, while Miami University was second with 33.5 points and Ball State rounded out the Top 3 with 18 points.

Two-time collegiate national solo champion Yuliya Maryanko once again claimed first place in the solo routine with an 88.0. Teammate Kristine Irwin was second, scoring 79.170 points. Maryanko and Paige Ramsey paired up to form the only duet team that competed. The Buckeye duo scored an 84.333.

The afternoon concluded with the trio routine in which Buckeyes Maryanko, Ramsey and Lauren Nicholson came out on top, earning an 84.667. Fellow Buckeyes Katie Spada, Khadija Zanotto and Kayley Colville finished second (83.333). Competing as an honors trio, the Scarlet and Gray’s Samantha Golomb, Julia Gaylard and Natalie Gaylard notched a 78.833.


Ohio State swept the 2012 Jessica Beck Memorial Meet with an overall total score of 91 points. The Buckeyes defeated Incarnate Word, William & Mary, Michigan, Miami University and Ball State in the victory.

The Scarlet Team took the top spot with a 91.330, while the Gray Team finished third with an 87.33. Yuliya Maryanko and Paige Ramsey tallied a 91.330 to capture the duet competition. In the trio event, the Buckeye squad of Alex Beckett, Maryanko and Ramsey secured first place with a score of 90.660. Following closely in second with an 88.660 were teammates Lauren Nicholson, Lauren Robinson and Khadija Zanotto. Maryanko also won the solo event with an impressive 91.670.


Ohio State will travel to Virginia where it will face Richmond Feb. 9 in Richmond, Va., The following day, the Buckeyes will head to Williamsburg, Va., where they will take on William & Mary.