Oct. 2, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State synchronized swimming program held its second annual “Sync Cancer” event last weekend and raised over $5,800 to benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Over 65 people participated in the event on Sunday morning at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Participants each swam one mile while current members of the team helped count laps, put on demonstrations and cheered on the swimmers.

“Our Sync Cancer event was a perfect ending to a very special alumni weekend,” said head coach Holly Vargo-Brown. “We are all part of something bigger than ourselves. To be able to provide this unique opportunity for our current student-athletes, our alumni base and the central Ohio community is very rewarding.”

Coach Vargo-Brown opened the event  by reminding everyone how the Sync Cancer event was inspired by Buckeye alumna Emily Marsh Fleming, a four-time All-American on the Ohio State synchronized swimming team from 1994-1997. She then gave way to Dr, Doreen Agnese, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at The James Cancer Hospital and Stefanie Spielman Breast Center, who spoke about her experience as a peloton rider and the importance of continuing to fund research. 

After Marsh Fleming’s husband Scott and son Bryce thanked the crowd for the continued support, the swimmers jumped in the pool to a chorus of “One-Two-Three-Sync Cancer”! Some of the participants even joined current members of the team in an impromptu synchronized swimming routine after their swim.

The Sync Cancer event was just a part of the Buckeye Hall of Fame Alumni Weekend. Former All-American Becky Kim was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night. On Saturday, the team held a meet and greet and performed a brief routine in the morning and then hosted a tailgate for all of the alumni prior to the football game Saturday evening.

“We were thrilled to have such an amazing turnout for our alumni weekend,” Vargo-Brown added. “Such a wonderful mix of class representation helped provide all of us with a complete walk down memory lane.  Thank you to everyone who made the trip ‘home’.”