COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off two wins in Virginia two weeks ago, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion this weekend to host the 2011 North Regional Championships. The Buckeyes are seeking their 21st regional title.  

In a different format from past years, the Buckeyes will host regionals during a two-day period as opposed to contesting both the technical and routine portions of the competition in one day. The solo, duet, trio and team performances are slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, while the technical aspect of the event will get underway at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Participating Teams
Ohio State
Miami of Ohio
Ball State
Carleton College

Thank You Seniors
Although the Buckeyes are hosting the U.S. Senior National Championships April 14-16, the North Regional Championships will serve as Senior Day. Four Buckeyes in Monica Finnigan, Liana Litsky, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault will be concluding their Ohio State careers at the end of the season. This group has been part of three North Regional championships, a pair of U.S. Collegiate titles and one U.S. Senior National crown.

Flashback – 2010 North Regional Championships
Last season the Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they swept all four routines to finish first with 103 points. Lindenwood was second with 86 points and Michigan rounded out the Top 3 with 63 points. 

The Scarlet Squad was first in the team event with a 95.833. The Gray team finished second with a mark of 93.375. In the solo competition, Barbara Nesbitt (92.875) captured first-place honors. The duo of Michelle Theriault and Meghan Kinney collected a top placing with a mark of 93.375. In the trio competition, Nesbitt, Deborah Shim and Theriault were first with a 93.667. Teammates Kinney, Caitlin Stewart and Paige Ramsey finished second with a 92.167. 

Buckeyes Lend a Hand
When Meghan Kinney, a letterwinner for Ohio State in 2009 and 2010, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall, she knew the fight ahead would be tougher than any competition in her storied synchronized swimming career. Stepping up to help with Kinney’s attack, fellow Buckeyes from the rowing team volunteered their time and efforts to raise more than $800 on her behalf by selling “Team Meghan” wristbands at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The rowing team is just one of a collection of Ohio State student-athletes volunteering time to Team Meghan’s campaign. The fencing, synchronized swimming, men’s swimming and diving, men’s hockey, men’s track, women’s volleyball and men’s golf teams also are aiding in the effort. 

With grace and her unquestioned competitive drive, Kinney is fighting bone cancer with the support of her entire Buckeye family. Buckeye fans can join the effort to support Team Meghan by visiting

National Girls & Women in Sports Day
Ohio State, along with fellow Buckeye women’s varsity teams, was recognized on the court Feb. 6 at the women’s basketball game vs. Northwestern at Value City Arena for National Girls & Women in Sports Day. The purpose of National Girls & Women in Sports Day is to honor the achievements and encourage participation of girls and women in sports. 

Former Buckeye Named to FINA World Championship Team
Leah Pinette, who lettered for the Scarlet and Gray from 2005-08, was named to the 2011 U.S. FINA World Championship Team. She will compete in Shanghai, China, July 16-31 as part of the 14th Annual FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Pinette was an All-American for the Buckeyes in 2007 and 2008 and was a member of the U.S. National Team II squad while competing with the Scarlet and Gray. She also received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2006 and 2008. During her junior year, she was the recipient of the Buckeye Award which recognizes the student-athlete with the most outstanding Buckeye Spirit.

U.S. Senior National Championships
Ohio State will host the 2011 U.S. Senior National Championships April 14th-16th. The Buckeyes and McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion are no strangers to hosting premier synchronized swimming championships as they hosted the U.S. Collegiate National championships in 2008, 2000, 1990, 1987 and 1982.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the U.S. Collegiate National Championships March 16-19.