COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State rising-senior Nikki Dzurko has been part of Team USA Artistic Swimming’s reemergence on the world stage this summer.
Dzurko qualified for the senior national team last summer and trained with the team for the last year in preparation for the FINA Olympic Games Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament, which took place this past week in Barcelona, Spain. The Los Gatos, Calif., native was one of two alternates for the team which turned in one of the top performances in recent US history. Team USA improved its score by a remarkable 4.5333 points from last year’s world championships and narrowly missed out on a spot in Tokyo by just .2.
Dzurko is one of the young starts in a new era of USA Artistic Swimming. Her technical solo performance at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series Super Final in Barcelona earned her a bronze medal. She also took gold earlier this summer in US leg of the USA vs. Canada World Series. The environmental science major has been training nearly six hours a day with Team USA and has maintained her scholar-athlete status at Ohio State.
As a sophomore in 2020 for the Buckeyes, she took first three times with her solo routine and never lost a duet competition with partner Laila Huric. She helped the Buckeyes to an undefeated regular season and was poised for another run at a national title before Covid hit.
The two-time All-American won the 2019 Overall High Point Award at the Collegiate Championships, leading Ohio State to its 32nd national title. She was also claimed an individual national title in the solo, duet and team competitions.