Synchronized Swimming

Linda Lichter-Witter

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
16 Years

Alma Mater:
Southern Connecticut State

Linda Lichter-Witter

06/26/2012

Holly Vargo-Brown Named Head Coach of Synchronized Swimming Team

Vargo-Brown has helped coach 19 U.S. Collegiate championship teams

05/21/2012

Buckeyes Celebrate another Championship Season

Yuliya Maryanko named Most Outstanding Swimmer at annual team banquet Friday

05/09/2012

Linda Lichter-Witter to Retire as Head Coach of Synchronized Swimming Team

In 17 seasons, Lichter-Witter won 11 U.S. Collegiate titles

03/20/2012

Athletics Good Stuff

March 11-18, 2012

03/17/2012

Ohio State Clinches Program's 28th U.S. Collegiate Championship

Buckeyes tally 93 points; sophomore Yuliya Maryanko wins gold in solo routine

Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Release: 06/29/2007

One of the Finest

Let's face it, she's in a class all by herself. Simply put, the numbers speak for themselves. In 15 seasons at Ohio State, Lichter-Witter has amassed a 584-18-1 record. In other words, the Buckeyes have won 97 percent of their meets with Lichter-Witter at the helm.

One look at Lichter-Witter's credentials and there is no argument she is Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame worthy:

  • 9 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships, including five straight from 2000-04.
  • 11 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming team routine champions
  • 4 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming solo champions
  • 10 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming duet champions
  • 10 U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming trio champions
  • 1 U.S. Senior National title
  • 1 U.S. Senior National championships solo champion (Barbara Nesbitt in 2009)
  • Mentored 2008 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Carolina and Isabela Moraes (1999-02) to four-straight U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming duet championships. The duo became the first pair to win the duet competition all four years and teamed with Mary Hofer to place first in the trio event all four years at the championships as well.
  • 7-time National Coach of the Year (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009)
  • 115 Collegiate All-Americans
  • 130 Academic All-Big Ten at-large selections
  • 13 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Finalists; 2 winners in Gina Pietras in 1997 and Victoria Bowen in 2003
  • 9 swimmers have earned postgraduate scholarships from either the Leann Grimes Davidge or Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Awards

AND that's not all. Lichter-Witter has been a prominent fixture on the U.S National Team as well. Most recently she served as the head coach of the 2009 U.S. National Team that competed at the FINA World Championships in Rome during the summer of 2009. Lichter-Witter also was the head coach of the 1996 U.S. National Team I squad.

Along with those stints, Lichter-Witter has been an all-too important assistant of various national teams, including the 2004 U.S. Olympic squad that won the bronze medal in the duet and team events in Athens. Prior to that, Lichter-Witter was an assistant at the 2003 and 1978 Pan American games.

Linda Lichter-Witter Quick Facts

  • Hometown: New York, N.Y.
  • High School: West Chester East
  • Alma Mater: Southern Connecticut State,1972 (B.S. in physical education)
  • Family: Husband, Dirk Witter; sons Neil, Eric, D.J., Kyle and daughter Allison
  • Swimming Career: Southern Connecticut State swim team, 1968-72, Southern Connecticut synchronized swim team, 1970-72.
  • Coaching Career: Head coach, Hamden Heronettes, 1970-81; head coach, Yale University
  • Swim Team, 1981-83; head coach, Arizona Aqua Stars, 1983-85; head coach, Ohio State Synchronized Swim Team, 1996-present.

Career Record

School Year W L T Pct. National Finish
Ohio State 1996 45 0 0 1.000 National Champions
Ohio State 1997 35 0 0 1.000 National Champions
Ohio State 1998 34 2 0 .944 National Runners-up
Ohio State 1999 31 1 0 .969 National Runners-up
Ohio State 2000 40 0 0 1.000 National Champions
Ohio State 2001 34 0 0 1.000 National Champions
Ohio State 2002 51 0 0 1.000 National Champions
Ohio State 2003 33 1 0 .971 National Champions
Ohio State 2004 48 2 0 .960 National Champions
Ohio State 2005 42 1 0 .977 National Runners-up
Ohio State 2006 39 4 0 .906 National Runners-up
Ohio State 2007 34 2 0 .944 National Runners-up
Ohio State 2008 42 4 1 .904 National Runners-up
Ohio State 2009 46 1 0 .979 National Champions
Ohio State 2010 34 0 0 1.000 National Champions
Totals 15 seasons 588 18 1 .970

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