COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will travel to an equally snowy Richmond, Va., to compete against the Richmond Spiders Saturday. The squad then will continue to brave the wintry weather en route to Williamsburg where it will meet William & Mary Sunday.

How is the weather you ask?
Well despite traveling to the “South,” the Buckeyes will still have to experience snow flurries Saturday. The high is expected to reach only 34 degrees. (Good thing they compete indoors!).
In Williamsburg, Sunday, Ohio State will face slightly warmer weather with 40 degree temperatures and sunshine.

One More Chance
Fans, and those who just may be interested in checking out the Buckeyes, have one more chance to watch the Scarlet and Gray in person at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team will hold a special Senior Night Performance at 7 p.m. March 6 before defending their collegiate national title March 11-13 in Palo Alto, Calif. 

The Best Buckeyes in the Land
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.

With fresh routines to go along with some fresh new faces, the 2010 Buckeyes will look to continue its reign as the best Buckeye team in the history of Ohio State athletics when they compete for their 26th Collegiate National title in March.

Buckeyes and U.S. National Teams
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Leading the Way
The Scarlet team has the highest mark of any team routine this season with a score of 93.330. Senior soloist Barbara Nesbitt has the top mark among the soloists with a 93.500. Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault, who have a score of 93.330, lead the Buckeyes in duet. Deborah Shim, Nesbitt and Theriault pace the Scarlet and Gray in trio with a score of 92.830. All high marks were earned at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb.6.

Remembering Jessica Beck
The Buckeyes hosted Miami (Ohio) and William & Mary in the Fourth Annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Feb. 6. The Buckeyes finished first with 93 points, taking the top spot in every routine.

In the team routine, Ohio State won the Top 2 spots. The Scarlet team, consisting of Katherine Green, Jackie Mundy, Barbara Nesbitt, Paige Ramsey, Emilie Siemer, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively and Caitlin Stewart, was first with a mark of 93.330. Raquel Aguado, Colleen Courtmanche, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Liana Litsky, Asia Luke, Lauren Robinson and Samantha Schmidt of the Gray squad earned a score of 91.330 to finish second.

In the solo competition, Nesbitt earned her second first-place finish of the season, recording a 93.500. Aguado and freshman classmate Kayley Colville each swam exhibition routines, which did not count in the final team tally. Aguado earned an 87.000 and Colville finished with an 85.500.

Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault finished first in duet with a mark of 93.330. Robinson and Shively performed an exhibition routine, earning an 88.830.

In trio, Theriault, Nesbitt and Shim earned a score of 92.830 to finish first. Green, Kinney and Stewart were second with a 91.330.

Up Next
Ohio State will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the 2010 North Regional Championships Feb. 27-28.