COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will travel to Richmond, Va., to compete against Richmond at 3 p.m. Saturday. The squad then will travel southeast to Williamsburg, Va., to take on William & Mary at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. 

Remembering Jessica Beck
Ohio State hosted its third annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet last Saturday, at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes came in first place with 91 points to top Lindenwood, Michigan, Miami and Ball State.

The Buckeyes’ Scarlet squad debuted its routine, which finished first in the team routine with a mark of 95.167, followed by the Gray team with a score of 92.667.  The Scarlet and Gray swept the small routines, finishing in the Top 2 spots in solo, duet and trio.

Barbara Nesbitt competed in the solo competition where she earned first place with a score of 92.833. Katherine Green, who swam an exhibition routine and whose score did not count in the final point tally, finished second with a mark of 89.167.

In the duet event, Ohio State garnered the Top 2 spots with Jillian Penner and Meghan Kinney (91.167) taking first place and teammates Hannah Shively and Lauren Robinson (88.000) taking second with their exhibition routine.

In trio, Deborah Shim, Nesbitt and Michelle Theriault (91.83) finished second, behind teammates Carmen Moraes, Caitlin Stewart and Kinney who garnered a mark of 93.500. Liz Derr, Monica Finnigan and Jackie Mundy also performed an exhibition routine in the trio competition earning a score of 85.833.

Leading the Way
The Scarlet team has the highest mark of any team routine this season with a score of 95.167. Soloist Barbara Nesbitt has the highest mark among the soloists with a 92.833. In duet competitions, the Buckeyes are led by Meghan Kinney and Jillian Penner who had a score of 91.167. Kinney, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart lead the Scarlet and Gray in trio with a score of 93.50. All high marks were earned at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb.7.

Lindenwood Invitational
Ohio State scored 80 points to place second at the Lindenwood Synchronized Swimming Invitational in St. Charles, Mo., Jan.31. The Buckeyes finished just one point behind the invite’s host, Lindenwood, who won with 81 points.

Ohio State’s Gray squad was victorious in the team competition, claiming a first-place mark of 91.000.

The team of Rita Gillan, Jackie Mundy and Kendra Sollars won the top spot with a mark of 84.000 in the trio competition. The Scarlet and Gray also posted two Top 3 finishes in solo and duet competitions.

Lauren Robinson and Hannah Shively paired for a second-place tally of 86.167 while Liz Derr and Monica Finnigan rounded out the Top 3 with an 85.333. Katherine Green and Lauren Robinson took second (87.833) and third (84.167), respectively.

OSU Tri-meet
The Ohio State synchronized swimming team posted 94 points to defeat Keuka College and Michigan at the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 24 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

In the solo routine, senior Barbara Nesbitt recorded an 89.333 to finish first. The Buckeyes also claimed the Top 2 spots in both the duet and trio. Before the meet, the student-athletes participated in a technical element competition, ranging from Figures A-D. Freshman Jillian Penner took first in Figure A, while sophomore Hilary Deason took first in Figure B.

U.S. Senior National Team Trials
USA Synchronized Swimming hosted the first of three trials for its Senior National Team at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 17-18. The Top 27 athletes advanced to phase two of the competition in May.

Three Buckeyes captured Top 10 finishes with Barbara Nesbitt leading the way in third (89.563). Former Buckeye Leah Pinette was fourth (89.439) and Michelle Theriault tallied an 85.516 to take 10th. Ohio State had four more swimmers finish in the Top 20 with Hannah Shively (82.903), Jayme DeLancy (82.381), Deborah Shim (82.189) and Lauren Robinson (82.033) taking the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th places, respectively.

Jillian Penner and Meghan Kinney automatically advanced to phase two for team trials, having competed for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Both swimmers also participated in the phase one senior duet trials and advanced to the next trial.

The Road to San Antonio
This year, the 2009 U.S. Collegiate Nationals will be in San Antonio, Texas, March 26-28. The Buckeyes are looking to capture their 25th national title.

Last year, Ohio State garnered the runner-up spot at the 2008 U.S. Collegiate National Championships as hosts. The Scarlet team displayed its best routine of the season with a score of 98.500 to take the title of best collegiate team. The Gray squad came up just shy of Stanford with a score of 95.333 for third.

Soloist Barbara Nesbitt captured the bronze medal in the category. Ohio State took fourth place in the duet competition. In the trio routines, two Buckeye squads finished in the Top 3.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will travel to Keuka, N.Y., to compete in the Keuka Invitational Feb. 28.