Feb. 1, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team (5-0) plays host to the OSU College Association Meet at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Varsity Pool at Larkins Hall. The Buckeyes welcome six teams: Illinois, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Ohio University, Walsh and William & Mary, in addition to Ohio State. The meet will feature all four routine events: solo, duet, trio and team.

Ohio State has already faced two teams this season. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan Jan. 15 at the OSU Tri-Meet and beat Walsh last weekend at a tri-meet in Canton, Ohio.

The Buckeyes captured first-place honors Jan. 29 at the Walsh Tri-Meet in Canton, Ohio. The Buckeyes finished with 92 points, ahead of second-place Canisius (72) and third-place Walsh (43).

Ohio State junior Leslie Edgerton won the solo event with a mark of 86.666. Two Buckeye freshmen duet groups, Michelle Benzie and Julia Broadfoot and twin sisters Leah Pinette and Ayne Pinette, tied for first place with scores of 87.666. The team of Erin Schmidt, Stacey Coffman and Benzie placed first in trio with a mark of 86.666.

“Leslie (Edgerton) did a beautiful job and it really drew on her experience to get the win,” Holly Vargo-Brown, Ohio State interim head coach, said. “Both duets gave a very good performance. It will be exciting to see how these freshmen duets will be able to improve over the course of the season. I felt most confident in the trio event since all but Michelle (Benzie) are veterans. They know how to put good swims together.”

The Buckeyes also took home first place in the team event with a score of 88.84. Swimming for Ohio State was Jessica Beck, Benzie, Coffman, Edgerton, Megan Mikulecky, Ayne Pinette, Stephanie Raftery and Schmidt.

The Ohio State synchronized swimming team earned first-place honors in the OSU College Association Meet last season. The Buckeyes recorded 101 points, ahead of Alabama-Birmingham (88), William & Mary (70), Ohio (49) and Iowa (17.5).

Ohio State then-freshmen Kate Hooven and Becky Kim won the duet competition for the Buckeyes with a mark of 93.475. Teammates Carly Grimshaw and Chelsea Luker finished in second, recording a score of 92.875. Hooven, Kim and junior Lindsay Newbill earned a first-place finish in the trio event with a winning score of 92.625. Heather Burdick, Katrin Eggenberger and Ashley Rule placed second with a score of 90.625.

The Buckeyes also took the top honor in the team event. The Ohio State `A’ team of Ellen Hacker, Grimshaw, Newbill, Hooven, Kim, Luker, Lauren Marsh and Chisako Ukai won with a score of 94.625.

DID YOU KNOW? Ohio State synchronized swimming has had 17 four-time All-Americans. Senior Lindsay Newbill could be the 18th in 2005. The Laguana Hills, Calif., native earned All-America honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004. USSSI rules state that student-athletes must be American citizens to be eligible for the award.


Karen Callaghan 1979-82 Manon Cote 1982-85 Carrie DeGuerre 1991-94 Tia Harding 1988-91 Mary Hofer 1999-02 Tammy Hunt 1987-90 Becky Jasontek 1994-97 Karen Josephson 1994-97 Beth Kreimer 1999-02 Emily Marsh 1994-97 Dawn Nelsen 1979-82 Pam Ochsner 1994-97 Sadie Pietras 1993-96 Amy Pryor 1988-91 Cheryl Schemenauer 1987-90 Diana Ulrich 1988-91

The Buckeye roster features 26 student-athletes, nine of which hail from the state of California. Eight Buckeyes come from Ohio and three hail from Connecticut.

Ohio State will travel to compete at Richmond Sept. 12 and at William & Mary Sept. 13.