Feb. 1, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team (4-1) finished second in a tri-meet at Alabama-Birmingham Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. The Blazers tallied 85 points to finish with first place honors. The Buckeyes finished with 77 points while Georgia came in third with 23 points. The loss was the first in the program since March 26, 1999, when the Buckeyes finished second to Stanford at the Collegiate National Championships. Ohio State ended a steak of 130 consecutive victories, including three wins this season.

Ohio State’s only first place finish came in the team event. Buckeyes Jessica Beck (Fr./Richmond, Va.), Stacey Coffman (So./Walnut Creek, Calif.), Sharon Mejia (Sr./Vallejo, Calif), Katie Meyer (Sr./Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Mikulecky (Fr./Carmichael, Calif), Brianne Pineiro (So./Staten Island, N.Y.), Erin Schmidt (Fr./Cincinnati, Ohio) and Isla Turner (So./Key Largo, Fla.) combined to finish with a score of 89.833 in the event.

Leslie Edgerton (Fr./Cincinnati, Ohio) placed second in the solo event for Ohio State with a mark of 85.166. Pineiro and Turner also finished second in the duet event (85.333) while Lauren Byrom (Fr./Westerville, Ohio), Edgerton and Meyer came in second in the trio event (85.333).

Ohio State returns to action at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 when the Buckeyes play host to the OSU College Association Meet in the Varsity Pool at Larkins Hall.

FINAL RESULTS 1. UAB 85 2. Ohio State 77 3. Georgia 23

SOLO 1. Bogdana Zareva, UAB 89.667 2. Leslie Edgerton, Ohio State 85.166 3a. Valerie Jolibois, Ohio State (honor) 82.834

DUET 1. Amanda Haeuser and Bogdana Zareva, UAB 88.500 2. Stacey Jackson and Stephanie Jackson, UAB 86.500 3. Brianne Pineiro and Isla Turner, Ohio State 85.333 4. Stacey Coffman and Sharon Mejia, Ohio State 84.333 5a. Stacey Leiker and Kara Morgan, UAB 83.167 5. Rebecca Dobras and Andrea Green, Georgia 65.834

TRIO 1. Stacey Jackson, Stephanie Jackson and Stacy Leiker, UAB 86.000 2. Lauren Byrom, Leslie Edgerton and Katie Meyer, Ohio State 85.333 2. Stacey Coffman, Sharon Mejia and Isla Turner, Ohio State 85.333 4. Kelli Dickerson, Megan Kelly, Kara Morgan, UAB 83.167

TEAM 1. Ohio State 89.833 2. UAB 87.000 3. Georgia 67.334