February 3, 2022

Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Up Next for the Buckeyes


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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

  • The university and City of Columbus policies require wearing of masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, for all faculty, staff and invitees.
  • The department requires all patrons at our events to wear your mask at all times for your own safety and for the health, safety and well-being of others, including our student-athletes, campus community and visitors.
  • The university and the Department of Athletics encourage individuals to get vaccinated, boostered and to continue safety protocols.

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.

 Senior Day

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

  • 2021 USA Artistic Swimming All-American
  • Took first in the trio at the 2021 OSU Small Routine Invitational
  • Earned five first-place finishes during her sophomore year to help the Buckeyes to an undefeated season
  • Member of the Scarlet team that won a national championship in 2019 and helped the Buckeyes to win the Overall Institution Award at the U.S. Collegiate Championship
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete

Ava Lichter • Westerville, Ohio • Strategic Communication

  • Competed in all of the Buckeyes’ meets as a junior
  • Won five first-place finishes in 2020 to help the team to an undefeated season
  • Member of the Buckeye team routine that won gold at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Championships and helped the program to the Overall Institution Award
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete

Paula Luis • San Juan, P.R. • Accounting

  • Has earned four second-place finishes for her career
  • Helped Ohio State to the Overall Institution Award at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Nationals
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree

Cassie Neeley • Williamsville, N.Y. • Psychology

  • Started the 2022 season with a first-place finish in the trio
  • Has earned seven first-place results for her career, including two regional championships in the team routine
  • Helped Ohio State to the Overall Institution Award at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Nationals
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree

Haley Watson • Walnut Creek, Calif. • Psychology

  • Part of three first-place finishes for her career
  • Helped Ohio State to the Overall Institution Award at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Nationals
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree

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.

Next Up

The Buckeyes will continue the regular season on the road, meeting the University of Richmond on Feb. 12 and William & Mary on Feb. 13.