Jan. 16, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State opened the 2016 season with a solid performance, winning the OSU Invitational Saturday afternoon at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The Buckeyes finished with 94 points, besting Michigan (64.5), Miami of Ohio (24.5) and Wright State (20).
“Today was a great way to start the season,” said head coach Holly Vargo Brown. “We received great feedback from the judges and good ideas moving forward. This was obviously just step one and we’re all looking forward to getting back in the pool on Monday. This team is very talented but we need to continue to work harder and work smarter if we want to reach our full potential this season.”
Junior Emma Baranski started the day by winning the solo routine with a score of 81.7667. She then joined sophomore Monica Velazquez-Stiak to win the duet with a scoring of 84.6000. Fellow junior Lorraine Hack and sophomore Alyssa Hoying finished closely behind in second at 82.7667. Hack and Hoying are coming off a runner-up finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championships last winter. Sophomore Noelle St. John joined Stephanie Thielemann for an honorary duet performance and the pair scored a 79.9333. Like Thielemann, freshman Elizabeth Walsh also made her Buckeye debut today as her and Jessica Giannuzzi swam a duet and scored 76.8667.
In the trio competition, junior Morgan Boneberg jumped in with Hack and Hoying to take first place with a score of 82.4667. That narrowly edged their teammates – Baranski, Velazquez-Stiak and Elizabeth Davidson – who earned a score of 82.3667. The trio of sophomore Lizzie Welzien, junior Sarah House and senior Amrian Johnson posted a score of 74.0667 while freshmen Renee Collett, Alex Meredith-Le Roux and Rachel Warren opened their collegiate careers with a score of 71.6333
Baranski then capped her day with a win in the A figures competition with a score of 81.6000. Velazquez-Stiak took second in the A and St. John came in third. In the B figures, Thielemann put a bow on her first competition as a Buckeye by taking first at 71.5273. Alexa Aton followed in second and Welzien finished third.
The Buckeyes return to the pool on Saturday, Feb. 6 when they host the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet.