September 21, 2022

Title IX: Synchronized Swimming Continues Championship Tradition


Last season, the Ohio State synchronized (artistic) swimming team won the 2022 U.S. Collegiate Championship to return the national championship trophy to Columbus. The Buckeyes have now won 33 national titles since the program’s first season in 1977-78.

Ohio State earned the overall institution championship with a collegiate sweep for the ninth time in program history. Nikki Dzurko took gold in solo while she and Laila Huric finished first in the duet. The trio of Emily Armstrong, Cassie Neeley and Ruby Remati earned the Buckeyes another top finish while Ohio State’s Scarlet team routine took gold. Armstrong and Oliva Malloy completed the sweep with wins in the A and B figures, respectively.

Armstrong was presented the Overall High Point award for earning the most points at the meet as she collected three gold medals and a silver medal. Overall, seven Buckeyes earned All-America honors.

Head coach Holly Vargo-Brown was awarded Collegiate Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in her career after leading the Buckeyes to yet another national title. She has had a hand in collecting 26 of the program’s 33 championships as either a student-athlete, assistant coach or head coach.

The synchronized (artistic) swimming team has established itself as one of the most successful at Ohio State. Aside from a school-record team national championships, the program has had over 60 student-athletes compete for national teams and had been represented at all but two Summer Olympic Games since the sport was first introduced on the Olympic stage at 1984.