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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized (artistic) swimming team returns to action this weekend to host the annual Jessica Beck Memorial meet on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet starts at 2 p.m. and admission is free.
Teams in attendance along with the Buckeyes include Michigan, Incarnate Word and Stanford. The day will start with trio competition at 2:15 followed by duet and solo competition at approximately 2:50 and 3:30 p.m. For the first time this season, Ohio State will debut its team routines with the team competition starting at 4:20 p.m.
Ohio State Home Athletics Event Reminders
Remembering Jessica Beck
The competition is named for Jessica Beck, a former Ohio State synchronized swimmer who passed away in 2005 during her senior year at Ohio State. A three-time scholar-athlete, Academic All-America and All-Big Ten honoree, Beck was committed to her community and was described as an embodiment of the value of hard work. Her impact on the program is still seen to this day, over 15 years later, as student-athletes still honor her presence by leaving an open space for Beck in their traditional huddle during Carmen Ohio.
Ohio State will honor 2022 seniors Camryn Carrasco, Ava Lichter, Paula Luis, Cassie Neeley and Haley Watson on Saturday prior to the start of the meet. The group has helped the Buckeyes to a U.S. College Championship in 2019 and has combined for numerous first-place finishes and national championship routines.
Camryn Carrasco • Santa Clara, Calif. • Sociology
Ava Lichter • Westerville, Ohio • Strategic Communication
Paula Luis • San Juan, P.R. • Accounting
Cassie Neeley • Williamsville, N.Y. • Psychology
Haley Watson • Walnut Creek, Calif. • Psychology
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes debuted strong routines in the first meet of the season against Michigan. Nikki Dzurko led Ohio State with a score of 80.0449 in the Technical A competition. She followed with a first-place solo routine for the Buckeyes. In the duet, Laila Huric and Dzurko reunited for a first-place routine with a score of 83.5500. Finishing the day was the trio competition, with Emily Armstrong, Ruby Remati and Cassie Neeley taking first with a score of 78.3500.
The Buckeyes will continue the regular season on the road, meeting the University of Richmond on Feb. 12 and William & Mary on Feb. 13.