Feb. 23, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team (13-1) earned a first-place finish Saturday at the Wheaton College Invitational in Norton, Mass. The Buckeyes finished with 102 points while Wheaton placed second with 86, followed by Boston University (66) and Rhode Island (48.5).

The Buckeyes swept all four routine events in solo, duet, trio and team events. Senior Victoria Bowen won the solo with a score of 94.000. Teammates Chelsea Luker and Suzanna Hyatt teamed up to win the duet competition (94.000) while Bowen, Hyatt and Lindsay Newbill claimed first place in trio (94.000).

The Ohio State team of Bowen, Chisako Ukai, Hyatt, Carly Grimshaw, Luker, Lauren Marsh, Newbill and Emiko Takyu placed first in the team event with a mark of 95.250.

The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. March 1 to play host to the North Regional Championships in the varsity pool at Larkins Hall. The event will mark the final home meet of the 2003 season.

FINAL RESULTS 1. Ohio State 102 2. Wheaton 86 3. Boston University 66 4. Rhode Island 48.5

SOLO 1. Victoria Bowen, Ohio State 94.000 2. Beth Percy, Wheaton 88.750 3. Anais Gautier, Boston 80.000

DUET 1. Chelsea Luker and Suzanna Hyatt, Ohio State 94.000 2. Emiko Takyu and Chisako Ukai, Ohio State 86.000 3. Jamie Sallier and Beth Percy, Wheaton 84.250 TRIO 1. Suzanna Hyatt, Victoria Bowen and Lindsay Newbill, Ohio State 94.000 2. Lauren Marsh, Chelsea Luker and Carly Grimshaw, Ohio State 91.250 3. Blair Feldman, Elizabeth Maga and Jamie Sallier, Wheaton 81.000

TEAM 1. Ohio State 95.250 2. Wheaton 82.500 3. Boston 77.000