May 1, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team finished second Saturday at the U.S. National Championships in Stanford, Calif. The Buckeyes’ second-place finish is the highest an Ohio State squad has ever finished at the event.

The U.S. National Championships combine the best synchronized swimming programs from around the country, including club teams as well as squads from colleges and universities. The Buckeye ‘A’ team earned a score of 95.800 for a second-place finish in the team event. The ‘B’ squad placed sixth with a mark of 91.317.

Buckeye freshmen Kate Hooven and Becky Kim earned fourth place in the duet event with a mark of 94.834. Additionally, Hooven placed seventh in solo with a score of 91.167.

The Santa Clara Aquamaids swept all three final events, claiming first and second in solo and duet and first in team to win their 13th consecutive overall title.

2004 U.S. National Championships Stanford, Calif. FINAL RESULTS

Solo 1. Bill May, Santa Clara 98.700 2. Katie Norris, Stanford 95.634 3. Bianca VanderVelden, Santa Clara 94.667

Duet 1. B. VanderVelden, S. VanderVelden, Santa Clara 96.267 2. Ashley McHugh, Katie Norris, Stanford 95.384 3. Janet Culp, Jennie Culp, Santa Clara 95.050 4. Kate Hooven, Becky Kim, Ohio State 94.834

Team Final 1. Santa Clara `A’ 97.284 2. Ohio State `A’ 95.800 3. Walnut Creek ‘A’ 95.450