January 31, 2019

Buckeyes to Host Annual Jessica Beck Memorial Competition


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes will host Lindenwood University, University of Incarnate World, and the University of Michigan on Saturday to kick off the last home meet of the season. The Jessica Beck Memorial Competition will also host senior recognition, as it will be the Class of 2019’s last time competing in their home pool.

Remembering Jessica Beck:

The annual competition is named after Jessica Beck, a former Ohio State synchronized swimmer who passed away in 2005 during her senior year at the University. Beck was a three-time scholar-athlete, Academic All-America and All-Big Ten honoree. Beyond excelling in academics, she was devoted to service to her community and was described as an embodiment of the value of hard work. She holds a special place in the program’s heart 14 years later, as student-athletes who never met her still honor her presence by leaving an open space for Beck in their traditional huddle during Carmen Ohio. In lieu of formal ribbons on Saturday, Mrs. Beck will gift flowers to the athletes competing.

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Zero Waste Initiative:

Synchronized Swimming will continue to do their part in diverting waste away from landfills this weekend. To do your part, make sure to bring a reusable water bottle to the competition and use designated zero waste stations throughout the meet. The 2019 Zero Waste Invitational diverted an impressive 83% of waste away from landfills, Go Bucks!

Thanking the Class of 2019:

Fans interested in watching the solo, duet, trio, and team routine competition should arrive at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at 2:00 p.m. Trios will kick-off the evening, followed by duets, solos, and team routines. The current Buckeye senior class has been a part of two National Championship teams and excelled in the classroom. The Senior Recognition ceremony will highlight more of their numerous accomplishments. Fans are welcome to stay after the conclusion of the meet to have a team poster signed by the Class of 2019.

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Recap: A Weekend for the Books:

Both the Scarlet and Gray squads have started off the season strong. At the Zero Waste Invitational earlier this year the Buckeyes had impressive showings in the solo, duet and trio categories, and continued that excellence traveling to Minnesota and Michigan last weekend.

The Scarlet Squad visited Gopher territory and took first in all of the categories they competed in:

Tech A:

  1. Nikki Dzurko
  2. Laila Huric
  3. Caitlin Klauer (Stanford University)

Tech B:

  1. Alex Meredith-LeRoux
  2. Andrea Dunrud (University of Minnesota)
  3. Emma Breyak (University of Minnesota)


  1. Laila Huric
  2. Nikki Dzurko
  3. Sarah Thorstenson (University of Minnesota)


  1. Rachel Jager, Alex Meredith-LeRoux
  2. Jacklyn Luu, Alexandra Suarez (Stanford University)
  3. Pavana Khan, Natalie Bulger (Carleton College)


  1. Wenjing Deng, Rachel Jager, Nikki Dzurko
  2. Phoebe Coffin, Stephanie Thielemann, Cassie Neeley
  3. Stanford University


  1. Scarlet – The Ohio State University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Minnesota

The Gray team also represented at Michigan’s “Maize and Blue” invitational where they went head-to-head with the synchronized swimming team from TTUN and came out on top.


  1. Daria Torba
  2. Erin Fanning


  1. Kaitlyn Carboun, Sarah Walsh


  1. Lane Starrett, Renee Stehlik, Rachel Warren
  2. Kaitlyn Carboun, Paula Luis, Sarah Walsh