May 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio Holly Vargo-Brown, head coach of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team, announced six more swimmers will join the Buckeye roster in 2015. Noelle St. John, a native of Dublin, Ohio, highlights this latest group of incoming freshmen, which also includes Quinn Connor, Jessica Giannuzzi, Elizabeth Hernandez, Shea Ramsey and Lizzie Welzien.

“We are very fortunate to again have a strong incoming class of freshmen, both athletically and academically, who are determined to continue the tradition of excellence established by Ohio State synchronized swimming,” Vargo-Brown said. “I am looking forward to helping them reach and achieve their personal and team goals.”

St. John, who is a member of the club team Indy Synchro, is currently training with the U.S. Junior National Team, which will compete in Finland at the Junior World Championships July 30-Aug. 5.

“As a hometown Buckeye, I know Noelle is very excited to represent Ohio State next year,” Vargo-Brown, said. “Her training with the U.S. Junior National team has really begun to pay off in terms of her skill improvement and I expect her to do great things as a member of our team.”

Vargo-Brown announced earlier this spring Alyssa Hoying (release) and Monica Velasquez-Stiak (release) would join the Buckeyes in 2015. Hoying is a three-time U.S. National Team Member and earned the U.S. Senior National High Point Individual Award at the 2014 U.S. Senior National Championships. Like St. John, Velasquez-Stiak was named to the U.S. Junior National Team. In all, eight newcomers will be part of the team next season.

2015 Ohio State Synchronized Swimming Freshman Class

Noelle St. John
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Club Team: Indy Synchro

Noelle St. John Athletic Accomplishments
Member of the Junior National Team
U.S. Junior Nationals Team Trials: 3rd place Figures
U.S. Junior National Championships: 10th place Figures

North Zone Championships: 2nd place Figures, 2nd place Solo, 1st place Team
U.S. Junior/Senior Nationals: 5th place Team, 9th place Duet
U.S. Age-Group Nationals: 1st place Figures, 1st place Duet, 1st place Trio, 1st place Team
U.S. Opens: 2nd place Solo, 3rd place Figures, 4th place Duet, 4th place Team

North Zone Championships: 3rd place Figures, 3rd place Solo
U.S. Opens: 3rd place Solo

North Zone Championships: 1st place Figures, 1st place Solo, 1st place Duet
U.S. Age-Group Nationals: 1st place Figures, 1st place Solo, 3rd place Duet

North Zone Championships: 1st place Figures, 1st place Solo, 1st place Duet, 1st place Trio

Noelle St. John Academic Honors
Senior Honor Student at Forest Trail Academy
National Honor Society Member
National Society of High School Scholars Member

Quinn Connor
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Club Team: Cincinnati Synchrogators
Jessica Giannuzzi
Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana
Club Team: Indy Synchro
Elizabeth Hernandez
Hometown: Powell, Ohio
Club Team: Ohio Synchro
Alyssa Hoying
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Club Team: Indy Synchro
Shea Ramsey
Hometown: Playa Del Ray, California
Club Team: Riverside Aquettes
Monica Velasquez-Stiak Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Club Team: Scottsdale Synchro
Lizzie Welzien
Hometown: San Ramon, California
Club Team: Walnut Creek Aquanuts