COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes came out on fire for the annual Jessica Beck Memorial Competition where they debuted their team routines for the first time. The Gray squad performed a routine complete with voice-overs depicting the dangers of climate change and other environmental concerns. The Scarlet team closed out the competition with a stunning performance highlighting the struggles that come with mental illness. Ohio State also dominated in the solo, duet and trio category with ten routines from seventeen different student-athletes. Buckeye Nation represented at the meet as well, with over 363 in attendance to support Ohio State synchronized swimming.
The Buckeyes have six competitions remaining until North Regionals in Ann Arbor. These meets help teams prepare for the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships that will be held in May, where collegiate synchro programs from across the country meet. They will work to refine and improve their routines continuously until nationals.
The meet also honored the memory of Jessica Beck, an Ohio State synchronized swimmer who passed away suddenly her senior year. Beck’s family was in attendance and it is evident her memory lives on through the student-athletes in the program.
Three seniors also celebrated their last season of collegiate synchro with their families in attendance: Kaitlyn Carboun, Breanna Malone and Phoebe Coffin.