Ohio State Synchronized Swimming
U.S. Senior National Championships
April 14-16
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Columbus, Ohio
Host: Ohio State Recreational Sports and U.S. Synchro
Tickets: $10 (Thursday and Friday); $15 (Saturday); Three-day event passes are $25
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at

Thursday, April 14
9:25 a.m. Solo Preliminary Free Competition
11:25 a.m. Duet Preliminary Free Competition
1:50 p.m. Team Preliminary Free Competition

Friday, April 15
9:55 a.m. Solo Preliminary Technical Competition
11:15 a.m. Duet Preliminary Technical Competition
1 p.m. Team Preliminary Technical Competition
2:15 p.m. Free Combination Preliminary Competition

Saturday, April 16
10:20 a.m. Free Combination Final Competition
11:20 a.m. Solo Final Free Competition
12:10 p.m. Duet Final Free Competition
1 p.m. U.S. National Team Exhibition
2:05 p.m. Team Final Free Competition
2:45 p.m. U.S. National Team Exhibition
3:10 p.m. Parade of Athletes
3:40 p.m. Awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team is ready to compete in its final meet of the season, the 2011 U.S. Senior National Championships Thursday-Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. About 100 athletes from around the country will descend on Columbus with hopes of being crowned the nation’s best.

The Buckeyes and McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion are no strangers to hosting premier synchronized swimming championships as they hosted the U.S. Collegiate National championships in 2008, 2000, 1990, 1987 and 1982.

Watch Live
The United States Olympic Committee will provide a live stream of the finals events Saturday. Log on to

U.S. National Team Exhibition
In preparation for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, in July, the U.S. National Team will showcase their routines during the final day of competition.

History Lesson
The Buckeyes have captured five event titles and one team crown in the history of the U.S. Senior National championships. Sarah Josephson was the first member of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team to claim a senior national championship. In 1985, Josephson won the solo event. She then paired with her sister, Karen, to win the duet event as well. 

Recently, the Scarlet and Gray won the combo routine in 2010. By far, Ohio State’s most successful run at senior nationals was in 2009 when it brought home the team title backed by solo and duet victories from Barbara Nesbitt and Becky Kim and Meghan Kinney, respectively.

Ohio State Senior National Championships
2009 – Ohio State

2010 – Ohio State

1985 – Sarah Josephson
2009 – Barbara Nesbitt

1985 – Karen and Sarah Josephson
2009 – Becky Kim and Meghan Kinney

U.S. Senior Nationals – 2010
For the first time in U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Championship history, the combo event was contested and the Buckeyes captured the gold medal with an 89.833 April 17 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics in Huntersville, N.C.

The two-time defending and 26-time U.S. Collegiate champions, Ohio State finished fourth overall with 19 points. Walnut Creek won the High Point title with 35 points, followed by Stanford (27) and Incarnate Word (21).

Senior Barbara Nesbitt, who also swam with that gold-medal winning combo team, collected her second medal of the championships, winning the silver in the solo competition on a combined score of 179.958.

In the combo final, Raquel Aguado, Colleen Courtmanche, Rita Gillan, Jackie Mundy, Nesbitt, Samantha Schmidt, Deborah Shim and Hannah Shively was so impressive and dominating, the group outdistanced second-place finisher Incarnate Word (88.000) by almost two points.

Kayley Colville, Courtmanche, Liz Derr, Gillan, Liana Litsky, Asia Luke and Schmidt finished tied for fourth in the team routine. Backed by a total mark of 170.167, Ohio State improved one spot in the final standings after entering the day in fifth place. It should be noted, it was the final outing in a Buckeye swimsuit for Derr, Gillan, Litsky, Luke, Mundy and Shively.

The pair of Shim and senior Caitlin Stewart concluded the 2010 campaign in fifth place in the duet event, compiling a total score of 165.083.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes pulled off a close victory at the U.S. Collegiate championships, claiming their 27th title in Buffalo, N.Y. Ohio State finished in first place with 93.0 points. Runner-up Stanford finished with 90.0 points.

Of the team, trio, duet and single events, the Scarlet and Gray captured first place in the trio and solo routines. The trio consisting of Alex Beckett, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault won first-place with a score of 90.500, just .125 points ahead of one of the Cardinal trios. With 89.750 points, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey and Lauren Robinson came in third.

Freshman Yuliya Maryanko (91.625) took first in the solo competition with a stellar performance as has been the case all season.

Theriault and Maryanko combined for the duet competition where they took second with a score of 91.250.

In the team routine Ohio State finished second and fifth. Chelsea Aton, Beckett, Colleen Courtmanche, Nicholson, Ramsey, Robinson, Shim and Theriault composed the second-place team that scored a 92.875. In fifth-place Raquel Aguado, Kayley Colville, Monica Finnigan, Caitlin Hoffman, Katie LaBounty, Jenny Mann, Liana Litsky and Lara Tutton earned a score of 89.875.

Buckeyes Lend a Hand
When Meghan Kinney, a letterwinner for Ohio State in 2009 and 2010, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall, she knew the fight ahead would be tougher than any competition in her storied synchronized swimming career. Stepping up to help with Kinney’s attack, fellow Buckeye Erika Benford from the rowing team enlisted the help of other Ohio State student-athletes and devised a plan to help raise funds for Kinney. More than $8,000 has since been raised on her behalf through donations to “Team Meghan”

This past winter sports season, a collection of Ohio State student-athletes sold teal “Team Meghan” wristbands with all proceeds helping the Kinney family off-set the cost of treatment.

This spring, fans will have an opportunity to assist in Kinney’s battle at various Buckeye sporting events where student-athletes will once again offer the wristbands. 
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