COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team continued action at the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Championships Friday with the team semifinal and technical segment. Hosted by Canisius College at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center in Buffalo, N.Y., the championships’ last day Saturday will feature the anticipated solo, duet, trio and team finals.
The Buckeyes, two-time defending champions, are looking to secure their 27th U.S. Collegiate title.
The day began promptly at 8 a.m. with the technical and figures portion. Freshman Natalie Gaylard was crowned the ‘B’ Technical champion with her 67.936. Gaylard’s mark was an impressive .639 points more than Leigh Haldeman’s 67.297 (Stanford).
Freshman Yuliya Maryanko was crowned the ‘A’ Technical titlist after earning a mark of 81.533. In second place was Saki Fujise of Incarnate Word (81.164). Of the 22 Buckeyes who are on the 2011 roster, 19 competed in the ‘A’ Figures competition.
Concluding the evening was the team routine semifinal in which the Buckeye Scarlet and Gray teams placed second and fifth, respectively. The Scarlet squad of Chelsea Aton, Alex Beckett, Colleen Courtmanche, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, Lauren Robinson, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault recorded a 92.500. An 88.750 was awarded to the Gray team of Raquel Aguado, Kayley Colville, Monica Finnigan, Caitlin Hoffman, Katie LaBounty, Jenny Mann, Liana Litsky and Lara Tutton.
Action will continue bright and early Saturday at 7:45 a.m. starting with the duet final.
2011 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships March 18, 2011 Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center Buffalo, N.Y. Team Semifinal 1. Stanford University – Alexandra Bollaidlaw, Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller, Jessica Guenther, Olivia Morgan, Corinne Smith, Kimiko Urata, Wendy Lu – 93.375 2. Ohio State University – Chelsea Aton, Alex Beckett, Colleen Courtmanche, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, Lauren Robinson, Deborah Shim, Michelle Theriault – 92.500 3. Univ. of Incarnate Word – Brianna Andreychuk, Emily Burkhart, Saki Fujise, Molly Knight, Anna Nelson, Elizabeth Norton, Rosilyn Tegart, Monika Tomczak – 90.625 4. Lindenwood University – Reem Abdalazem, Victoria Burdon, Bethany Burton, Anouk Eman, Mikayla Francese, Clarissa Johnston, Amanda Mendez, Jessica Webb – 89.500 5. Ohio State University – Raquel Aguado, Kayley Colville, Monica Finnigan, Caitlin Hoffman, Katie LaBounty, Jenny Mann, Liana Litsky, Lara Tutton – 88.750
‘B’ Technical 1. Natalie Gaylard Ohio State 67.936 2. Leigh Haldeman Stanford 67.297 3. Alexandra Cox Incarnate Word 66.300 4. Victoria Mintz Canisius College 65.373 5. Morgan Lebrecht Canisius College 65.089
‘A’ Technical 1. Yuliya Maryanko Ohio State 81.533 2. Saki Fujise Incarnate Word 81.164 3. Svetlana Ponkratova Canisius 79.698 4. Kimiko Urata Stanford 79.548 5. Rosilyn Tegart Incarnate Word 79.396 6. Olivia Morgan Stanford 79.290 7. Alexandra Bollaidlaw Stanford 79.175 8. Anna Nelson Incarnate Word 79.106 9. Maria Koroleva Stanford 78.920 10. Lauren Robinson Ohio State 78.498