Maryanko wins Individual High Point; Six Buckeyes earn All-American laurels
Ohio State begins journey to defend 28th U.S. Collegiate National crown
Holly Vargo-Brown has begun her first season as head coach of the Buckeyes
Fernandez lettered for the Buckeyes from 2000-03
Suzanna Fernandez is in her fourth season as an assisant coach with the Ohio State synchronized swimming program in 2015-16. The former Suzanna Hyatt, Fernandez lettered for the Scarlet and Gray from 2000-03.
"Suzanna was an exceptional student-athlete during her career at Ohio State," said head coach Holly Vargo-Brown. "She fully understands the commitment necessary to continue our tradition of excellence and will bring an energizing and fresh perspective to our program. I am beyond excited to welcome her back to the family."
In her first three seasons, Fernandez has helped lead the Buckeyes to a U.S Collegiate National title in 2015 and a U.S Senior National Championship in 2014. She has also helped the team to a pair of U.S. Collegiate runner-up finishes. She was named to the U.S. Synchro Contributor of the Year in 2014 for her efforts.
Fernandez, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., had a stellar career with the Buckeyes, capping her four-year stretch with 2003 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors and three All-America laurels. Additionally, Fernandez, along with teammate Chelsea Luker, was crowned the 2003 U.S. Collegiate Duet champions. Having the distinction of being part of four U.S. Collegiate championship teams, Fernandez arrived to campus as a freshman in 2000 and was a member of the Ohio State B team, which would later be renamed the Gray Squad. A year later, Fernandez earned a place on the A team (now known as the Scarlet Squad) and promptly helped continue the winning Buckeye tradition as Ohio State captured its second-consecutive U.S. Collegiate championship title. The following two seasons mimicked much of 2001 as Fernandez and the other members of the A team won their second and third-consecutive U.S. Collegiate team titles. Fernandez and the A squad also dominated the North Regional Championships during that stretch, winning titles from 2001-03.
While competing for the Buckeyes, Fernandez had the honor of being named to the U.S. National Team II squad in 2001 and was a member through 2003.
Fernandez also excelled in the classroom. A three-time member of the U.S. Collegiate Academic Team, Fernandez was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. A 2003 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Finalist, Fernandez was among a group of student-athletes who were recognized for proficiency in both academics and athletics. During the 2003 season, Fernandez was presented with the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award. Awarded annually, the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award is given to a female athlete who reflects Grimes-Davidge's outstanding qualities of athletic performance, scholarship, character, campus or community involvement and leadership.
After earning her bachelor's degree in Spanish in 2003, Fernandez served as the U.S. National Team's Trials Routine Choreographer and Demonstrator in 2004. That same year, Fernandez began duties at Wynn Las Vegas, serving several capacities, including show performer and synchronized swimmer for Le Reve.
Prior to returning to campus, Fernandez was the national team coach for Preselección de Panama Nado Sincronizado, the inaugural national team of Panama.
US Collegiate Nationals Next Up for OSU