Feb. 18, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team (11-0) will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the Maize & Blue Invitational Sunday at the Donald B. Canham Natatorium. The event will feature figures as well as routine events in solo, duet, trio and team.

The Maize & Blue Invitational will feature five teams, including Ohio State, Michigan, Walsh, Michigan State and Grand Valley State. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan at the OSU Tri-Meet (1/15) and the OSU College Association Meet (2/5). Ohio State beat Walsh at the Walsh Tri-Meet (1/29). It will be the first time competing against Michigan State and Grand Valley State.

Ohio State picked up a 76-64 win over Richmond Feb. 12 in Richmond, Va.

Juniors Carly Grimshaw and Chelsea Luker helped the Buckeyes win three wins in duet, trio and team. Grimshaw and Luker paired up to take first place in duet with a score of 92.167. Senior Lauren Marsh, Grimshaw and Luker claimed first-place honors in trio with a mark of 91.667.

Sophomore Becky Kim and senior Lindsay Newbill finished second in duet with a score of 89.167 while Kim, Newbill and sophomore Ellen Hacker placed second in the trio event.

The Ohio State squad also took home first-place honors in the team event. Swimming for the Buckeyes was Heather Burdick, Grimshaw, Hacker, Kim, Luker, Marsh, Newbill and Ashley Rule.

Six synchronized swimmers have been Ohio State’s female recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Seventeen Buckeyes have been nominated for the award, presented at the end of the school year. There have been eight nominees from the synchronized swimming team in the past five years. BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
Karen Callaghan, 1982
Sarah Josephson, 1985
Adrienne Lehman, 1986
Kathy Zittel, 1987
Gina Pietras, 1997
Victoria Bowen, 2003

Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Finalist
Kyla Guenin, 1995
Sadie Pietras, 1996
Becky Jasontek, 1997
Emily Marsh, 1997
Tarin Forbes, 2000
Katie Edwards, 2001
Anna Eng, 2001
Carolina Moraes, 2002
Isabela Moraes, 2002
Suzanna Hyatt, 2003
Katie Meyer, 2004

The Buckeyes will play host to the North Regional Championships March 5 in the Varsity Pool. The event will serve as the final home meet of the 2005 season and also will mark the final meet in the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in Larkins Hall.