COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team is hosting the Fourth Annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on The Ohio State University campus.
The Buckeyes will welcome Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and William & Mary to Columbus. For the first time this season, Ohio State will showcase its team routines, in addition to the solo, duet and trio routines.
In its fourth year, the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet is in honor of Ohio State synchronized swimmer Jessica Catherine Beck who died Sept. 15, 2005. Beck, who was 21 and a native of Richmond, Va., would have competed in her senior season in 2006.
“This is always a hard meet for us because we remember Jessica who was an amazing girl,” Linda Lichter-Witter, Ohio State head coach, said.
In her second year at Ohio State, Beck was a member of the Buckeye ‘B’ team that placed second at the North Regional championships and fourth at the Collegiate National championships.
As a junior, she played an integral role in helping the OSU ‘B’ team regain the bronze medal at the U.S. Collegiate National championships with her flawless execution of the vertical team lift.
Beck also excelled in the classroom, garnering Academic All-America accolades for three-consecutive years. Majoring in communication, Beck was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete award winner and was named to the Dean’s List.
Recapping the Ohio State Tri-Meet
The Buckeyes scored 84 points to finish first in their season-opening meet vs. Lindenwood and Michigan at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 23. Lindenwood placed second, while the Wolverines came in third.
Barbara Nesbitt and Raquel Aguado represented the Scarlet and Gray in the solo routine. Nesbitt opened her senior season with a first-place finish, earning a score of 90.75. Aguado, a freshman, scored an 87.00 to finish second.
In the duet competition, the Buckeye duo of Katherine Green and Paige Ramsey earned a mark of 89.0 to finish first. In second place were teammates Caitlin Stewart and Meghan Kinney, who tallied a score of 88.50.
Nesbitt, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault competed in the trio routine, recording a mark of 91.00 to earn the top spot. Stewart, Ramsey and Kinney placed second, with a score of 90.00.
Recapping 2009 Jessica Beck Memorial Meet
The Buckeyes came in first, tallying 91 points, at the 2009 Jessica Beck Memorial Meet. Lindenwood came in second with 73 points and Michigan was third with 53.5 points. Miami (OH) placed fourth (38), while Ball State rounded out the competition in fifth (19.5).
Ohio State took the top spots in the team routine – Scarlet finished first with a mark of 95.167 and the Gray team placed second with a score of 92.667.
Going For 26
Last season there was no doubt the Buckeyes were the team to beat. The Scarlet and Gray captured its 25th U.S. Collegiate National Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Ohio State then continued its history-making season with the program’s first U.S. Senior National Championship two weeks later in Palo Alto, Calif.
Buckeyes and U.S. National Teams
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The Scarlet and Gray will travel to Virginia to compete against Richmond and William & Mary Feb. 13 and 14, respectively.