Feb. 26, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team (13-1) will play host to the North Regional Championships at 1 p.m. Saturday in the varisty pool at Larkins Hall. The field of eight teams includes over 120 participants from Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Carlton, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. The Top 12 finishers in each routine event will progress on to the Collegiate National Championships held March 20-22, in Tuscon, Ariz. The North Regional Championships mark the final home competition for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has competed against Michigan and Miami (Ohio) twice during the 2003 season. The Marlins participated at both the OSU Tri-Meet and College Association Meet. The Wolverines competed in a dual meet with the Buckeyes that featured only technical events and also swam at the OSU College Association Meet. This will be the first time Ohio State will match up against athletes from Carlton, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois since last season.

The North Regional Championships mark the final home competition in the varsity pool for seniors Victoria Bowen, Suzanna Hyatt, Sharon Mejia and Kris Moyer. In four years, the 2003 senior class has complied a record of 140-1 dating back to the beginning of the 1999-2000 season through the meet Saturday.

All of the 2003 season bests have come at Ohio State’s home facility during the OSU College Association Meet Feb. 8. Senior Victoria Bowen recorded a 94.334 in the solo event. Senior Suzanna Hyatt and freshman Chelsea Luker joined forces to earn a mark of 94.167. The high trio score was earned by Bowen, Hyatt and sophomore Lindsay Newbill at the same event, recording a score of 94.000. The trio also tied the score at the Wheaton Invitational Feb. 22. The Buckeye team of Bowen, Heather Burdick, Hyatt, Carly Grimshaw, Luker, Lauren Marsh, Newbill and Emiko Takyu tallied a socre of 96.833.

Ohio State is the defending champion of the 2002 North Regional Championships. The Buckeyes earned 116 points, while Minnesota (79) and Michigan (70) took second and third, respectively.

Senior Carolina Moraes notched top honors in the solo event, tallying 96.167. Teammates Mary Hofer and Heather Burdick finished in second and third place.

Sisters Carolina and Isabela Moraes were first in the duo event with a score of 97.167, while Victoria Bowen and Lindsay Newbill finished just behind with a 92.5. The Moraes sisters and Hofer teamed up to win the trio and Kristin Price, Suzanna Hyatt and Beth Kreimer finished five points in second place.

The Buckeyes also captured the top two places in the team event at the 2002 North Regional Championships.

The Buckeyes earned a first-place finish Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Wheaton College Invitational in Norton, Mass. Ohio State finished with 102 points while Wheaton placed second with 86, followed by Boston University (66) and Rhode Island (48.5).

The Scarlet and Gray swept all four routine events in solo, duet, trio and team events. Senior Victoria Bowen won the solo with a score of 94.000. Teammates Chelsea Luker and Suzanna Hyatt teamed up to win the duet competition (94.000) while Bowen, Hyatt and Lindsay Newbill claimed first place in trio (94.000).

The Ohio State team of Bowen, Chisako Ukai, Hyatt, Carly Grimshaw, Luker, Lauren Marsh, Newbill and Emiko Takyu placed first in the team event with a mark of 95.250.

Buckeyes Victoria Bowen, Suzanna Hyatt and Lindsay Newbill are three of 12 members named to the 2003 U.S. National Team II. The squad will compete at the 2003 United Airlines Open July 15-19 in Federal Way, Wash.

Brazilian Olympians Carolina and Isabela Moraes ended their senior season in style by helping the Ohio State Buckeyes to the school’s 22nd overall title at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships in Norton, Mass.

The Buckeye twins utilized lengthy underwater hybrids to win duet gold with a final score of 96.333. Stanford’s Erin Dobratz and Lindsey Wigginton – both members of the U.S. National Team program – finished second at 95.000.

The Moraes sisters teamed up with Mary Hofer of Spring Valley, Calif. to win the trio’s fourth Collegiate gold with a score of 97.333. Stanford’s top trio of Dobratz, Wigginton and Norris finishd a point back at 96.333.

Carolina Moraes and Stanford’s Katie Norris created a first occurrence of their own in the sport of synchronized swimming. Moraes and Norris earned a perfect tie of 95.833 in the solo final to share the event’s gold medal.

There was no tie in the team event, however, with Ohio State capturing gold with a score of 98.167. Swimming for Ohio State were Hofer, Victoria Bowen, Suzanna Hyatt, Kim Lester, Isabela Moraes, Beth Kreimer, Lauren Marsh, and Kristin Price.

The overall title was Ohio State’s third consecutive, and 22nd overall title in the 26th year of the championships.

Upon qualifying, the Buckeyes will head to Tuscon, Ariz., to compete in the 2003 Collegiate National Championships March 20-22. The event will be held at the University of Arizona Recreation Pool.