Feb. 19, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State synchronized swimming team scouted out the site of this year’s National Championships as they took their talents to Tucson. There, they battled Lindenwood, Arizona, and Northern Arizona. In the end, Ohio State topped them all with an overall score of 99, followed by 88 from Lindenwood and 72 from U of A.
Laila Huric led the way in the solo routines. Her 79.4000 was more than enough to claim first place in the event over competitors from Lindenwood and Arizona.
In the duet competition, Phoebe Coffin and Lizzie Walsh performed beautifully and came away with an impressive 70.6000. However, no one could beat the duo of Alyssa Hoying and Monica Velazquez-Stiak who won the competition with an 80.6000.
Ohio State swept the trios as Hoying, Velazquez-Stiak, and Noelle St. John took the Gold with a 79.7667, followed closely with a stellar performance from Wenjing Deng, Rachel Jager, and Stephanie Thielemann who were awarded a 78.5333. As the season ends, these fantastic triplets continue their excellent chemistry.
For the final event of the weekend, the team of Deng, Hoying, Huric, Jager, Meredith La Roux, St. John, Thielemann, and Velazquez-Stiak, dominated the pool with an amazing 84.3333. With one more regular season meet before Regionals, this team looks to be peaking at the perfect time.
Also, It’s definitely important to mention that the Bucks were excellent in the technical event as Laila Huric led the way in the A figures with an 80.1538.
Ohio State will try to finish the regular season undefeated as they travel north to compete against TTUN this Saturday, February 24. With another solid performance, OSU can complete the season sweep of their rivals before gearing up for postseason play in March.