Feb. 8, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After opening its season with back-to-back home meets, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team will embark on its first road trip when it travels to Richmond and William & Mary Saturday and Sunday.

The Buckeyes will meet the Spiders at 3 p.m. in Robins Center Pool in Richmond, Va., and will face the Tribe at 1 p.m. in Adair Pool in Williamsburg, Va.

Ohio State tallied 93 points to win the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 3 in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes won three of four routines in the event that honored former OSU synchronized swimmer Jessica Beck, who died in 2005 in what would have been her senior year.

The Scarlet and Gray topped the solo, trio and team events, posting scores of 14, 30 and 34, respectively. Ohio State finished second in duet with 15 points.

Overall, William & Mary was second with 73 points, followed by Miami (50) and Ohio (42).

The meet started with the trio routine and the combination of Ellen Hacker, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart notched a 93.500 to finish first. Classmates Barbara Nesbitt, Leah Pinette and Hannah Shively were second, scoring a 91.333.

The duo of Hacker and Stewart were the lone OSU competitors in the duet, but they took the top spot with a 91.833. In an exhibition routine, Buckeyes Jackie Mundy and Brooke Paul compiled an 87.667.

Nesbitt outpaced her nearest competitor by more than 10 points to win the solo competition with a 95.000.

The Buckeyes performed their first team routines of the year to wrap up the meet. The Scarlet team of Michelle Benzie, Jayme DeLancy, Hacker, Moraes, Nesbitt, Pinette, Shively and Stewart were first, scoring a 95.500.

Kaitlin Bolt, Erin DeMarco, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Mundy, Paul, Emilie Siemer and Kendra Sollars made up the Gray team that finished second with 91.167 points.

Former Buckeye Chelsea Luker has been named the volunteer assistant coach. Luker completed her OSU career last season and was a four-time honorary All-American. The Montreal, Quebec, native was a collegiate national champion in duet in 2003 with Suzanna Hyatt and for her efforts she was a Division I All-Collegiate honoree. In 2004, Luker was a part of an OSU `A’ team that won the team competition at collegiate nationals. Luker and former Buckeye Carly Grimshaw qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, as a member of the Great Britain National Team.

In their second meet of the season, the Buckeyes improved their scores in each of their routines by an average of 1.627 points. Soloist Barbara Nesbitt made the biggest jump, recording a 91.833 at the OSU Tri-Meet before notching a 95.000 at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet.

For the first time this season, the Ohio State Scarlet and Gray teams debut its team routines and finished in the Top 2. The Scarlet squad finished first with a 95.500 and the Gray team was second, recording a 91.167.

Just like in the OSU Tri-Meet, the Buckeyes swept the Top 2 spots in all events at the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet. The only exception was the solo and duet events because Ohio State submitted only one routine. The pair of Ellen Hacker and Caitlin Stewart won duet with a score of 91.833 and Barbara Nesbitt finished first in solo with a 95.000.

Ohio State posted two wins Feb. 11-12, 2006, defeating Richmond, 93-62, at Robins Center Pool in Richmond, Va., and William & Mary, 105-85, at Adair Pool in Williamsburg, Va.

Against Richmond the Buckeyes were led by junior Becky Kim, who finished first in solo with a score of 94.500 and teamed up with Ellen Hacker and Carmen Moraes to win the trio event with a mark of 91.833.

The other Buckeye trio routine featured Carly Grimshaw, Chelsea Luker and Ashley Rule and they finished second with a score of 89.500.

In duet, Grimshaw and Luker executed a winning routine, scoring a 94.500. Hacker and Moraes finished second in duet, recording a 90.833.

The OSU `A’ and `B’ teams finished first and second, scoring season highs of 95.833 and 94.333, respectively.

Kim was the lone soloist vs. William & Mary and posted a 95.333. In the duet competition, Grimshaw and Luker continued its streak of five consecutive dual victories, winning with a season and team-best 95.833. Hacker and Moraes were second with a score of 91.500. Leayn and Leah Pinette made their debut at duet and posted a score of 90.00, which was good for third place. Brooke Paul and Megan Mikulecky, who also competed in duet for the first time this season, were fourth with an 89.167.

In the trio competition, Hacker, Kim and Moraes won with a season and team-high 94.833, while Grimshaw, Luker and Rule were second, scoring a 93.167, a personal season best. Coming in third was the group of Michelle Benzie, Julia Broadfoot and Jayme DeLancy with a personal-best of 91.167.

In 15 years of hosting the OSU Tri-Meet, the Buckeyes have finished first each time. The Scarlet and Gray recorded 96 points to finish ahead of Keuka (70 points) and Walsh (48 points) at the tri-meet Jan. 20.

Ohio State travels to Keuka Park, N.Y., Feb. 17 where it will face Keuka College.