July 11, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State synchronized swimming program will compete next week at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Recent graduate Elizabeth Davidson, rising-senior Monica Velazquez-Stiak and incoming freshman Rachel Jager have all been selected to compete in the team routines for Team USA. Ohio State head coach, Holly Vargo Brown, will also be in Hungary next week serving as a member of the USA coaching staff.
Opening ceremonies begin on Friday, July 14 at 2 p.m. ET. The Team Technical event is set to start on Sunday with finals on Tuesday while the Team Free competition begins on Wednesday and will wrap-up on Friday, July 21.
Davidson, who graduated from Ohio State this past May with a degree in communications, is coming off her best season as a Buckeye. She helped the team to a 30th national title this spring and, n addition to being part of the winning team routine, she also claimed gold in the duet competition, something she and partner Emma Baranski had been striving for as seniors. Davidson was a four-time All-American and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Velazquez-Stiak has also been a part of two national championship winning teams over her first three seasons at Ohio State and will be one of the team’s leaders this upcoming season. She is a three-time All-American and was named the team’s most outstanding swimmer as a sophomore in 2016.
Jager, who is from Williamsville, N.Y., has been a part of Team USA since 2014. She competed for the 13/15 National Team as well as the U.S. Junior National Team in 2015 and was selected for the U.S. Senior National Team last summer.