COLUMBUS, Ohio – The synchro Buckeyes will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. for North Zone Regionals this weekend. This is the last regional stop on the journey to 2020 U.S. Collegiate Nationals.
Schools competing at the North Zone Regionals tomorrow include Michigan, Minnesota, Lindenwood and Colorado State. Ohio State has met Michigan twice already this season and has come out victorious at every meet.
The North Zone Championship is used as a means of qualification for the U.S. Collegiate National Championship that will take place in Mesa, Ariz. at the end of March. Schools that placed in the top eight at 2019 nationals and have at least 50% of the same athletes returning do not need to pre-qualify their routines. This meet marks the last time athletes will be able to showcase national and international judges their team’s athleticism, artistry, and talent and receive feedback to adjust their routines before the pinnacle of the season.
Of the teams attending, Lindenwood has proven to be a strong competitor. At last year’s nationals, Lindenwood’s team routine placed fifth, two spots behind the Ohio State Gray squad. This weekend will be the first time the Buckeyes meet Lindenwood as a program. Soloist Brenna Wojtysiak visited Columbus for the Jessica Beck Memorial Competition in February and took silver in solo. Lindenwood historically has competitive small routines, taking the fourth and fifth place spots in solo and duet and the fifth place spot in trio in 2019. At the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Championship, Michigan placed 12th and Minnesota placed ninth.
The Buckeyes have momentum heading into 2020 regionals. The program is undefeated on the season in the overall institution category and haven’t lost the solo, duet or team category yet, either. Ohio State was topped once in trio by University of Incarnate Word by just one point at the U of A Open Meet. The team is excited to debut their ‘Break the Stigma – Be the Change’ routines on a larger stage and get one step closer to the 2020 U.S. Collegiate Championship.