COLUMBUS, Ohio – USA Synchronized Swimming hosted the first of three trials for its Senior National Team at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Saturday and Sunday. The top twenty-seven of forty-nine athletes advanced to phase two of the competition. The national team will consist of twelve synchronized swimmers.
The Buckeyes had 15 student-athletes looking to advance and Jayme DeLancy, Katherine Green, Meghan Kinney, Barbara Nesbitt, Jillian Penner, Lauren Robinson, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively, Michelle Theriault and former Ohio State synchronized swimmer Leah Pinette (2005-08) made the first cut and will compete in phase two in May.
Three captured Top 10 finishes with Nesbitt leading the way in third (89.563), Pinette was fourth (89.439) and Theriault tallied an 85.516 to take 10th. Ohio State had four more Buckeyes finish in the Top 20 with Shively (82.903), DeLancy (82.381), Shim (82.189) and Robinson (82.033) taking the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th places, respectively.
Penner and Kinney automatically advanced to phase two for team trials, having competed for the team USA in the 2008 Olympics.
Liz Derr (71.353, 43rd), Monica Finnigan (72.577, 41st), Rita Gillan (76.315, 32nd), Jackie Mundy (77.542, 29th), Emilie Siemer (76.881, 31st) and Kendra Sollars (74.441, 36th) also competed in the two-day event.
Penner and Kinney also participated in the phase one senior duet trials and advanced to the next trial.
Up next, the Buckeyes will host Keuke College and Michigan for the OSU Tri-meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion January 24. The event will consist of solo, duet and trio routines only.
National Team Trials
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Name Placed Score
Barbara Nesbitt 3rd 89.563
Leah Pinette 4th 89.439
Michelle Theriault 10th 85.516
Hannah Shively 16th 82.903
Jayme DeLancy 17th 82.381
Deborah Shim 18th 82.189
Lauren Robinson 19th 82.033
Liz Derr 43rd 71.353
Monica Finnigan 41st 72.577
Rita Gillan 32nd 76.315
Jackie Mundy 29th 77.542
Emilie Siemer 31st 76.881
Kendra Sollars 36th 74.441