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

Go Buckeyes! Yuliya Maryanko and Paige Ramsey were silver medalists in the duet at the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships.
Go Buckeyes!
Yuliya Maryanko and Paige Ramsey were silver medalists in the duet at the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships.
Go Buckeyes!

March 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Behind gold-medal performances in the trio and solo routine events, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team won its 28th U.S. Collegiate title Saturday afternoon at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium in Gainesville, Fla.

Behind the Buckeyes' 93 team points, the University of Incarnate word was second with 88 points and Lindenwood rounded out the Top 3 with 68.5 points.

Buckeye sophomore Yuliya Maryanko was crowned the individual high point winner and also was named to the All-Collegiate team, along with sophomore Alex Beckett and junior Paige Ramsey.

Joining Maryanko, Beckett and Ramsey as All-Americans were Java Nikbakht, Lauren Robinson and Khadija Zanotto. Academically, Chelsea Aton, Samantha Golomb, Krissy Irwin, Heidi Liou, Lara Tutton and Zanotto were All-Americans.   

Head coach Linda Lichter-Witter was named 2012 Collegiate Coach of the Year and associate head coach Holly Vargo-Brown was lauded with Collegiate Contributor of the Year laurels for her committee work promoting the development of synchronized swimming. 



The trio competition began the day with two Buckeye routines finishing first and third. Beckett, Maryanko and Ramsey earned an 87.4167, two-tenths of a point ahead of Incarnate Word's Brianna Andreychuk, Saki Fujise and Rosilyn Tegart, who scored an 87.1833. Recording an 86.6500, the Buckeye group of Nikbakht, Robinson and Zanotto placed in the Top 3.

The Scarlet and Gray performed one duet routine and the Maryanko and Ramsey pair finished second, scoring an 87.9333. Incarnate Word's Fujise and Inga Gillyer won first-place honors with an 88.533 and Lindenwood's Reem Abdalazem and and Anouk Eman were third (86.300).

Maryanko once again proved her dominance in the solo event, winning the gold medal (89.133) and outdistancing Fujise by .3833 points. Gillyer finished third with an 87.6500.

The Buckeyes finished second and third in the team routine competition, respectively. The Scarlet Team of Aton, Beckett, Colleen Courtmanche, Lauren Nicholson, Nikbakht, Robinson, Kathryn Spada and Zanotto earned an 89.850, just .0167 points behind Incarnate Word. Kayley Colville, Julia Gaylard, Caitlin Hoffman, Irwin, Katie LaBounty, Liou, Jenny Mann and Tutton, members of the Gray Team, finished third with an 87.200.

In the technical events contested Friday, Maryanko earned her first championship of the 2012 Collegiate National Championships in the A Technical, receiving a mark of 81.575. Gaylard placed sixth in the B Technical with her score of 65.703.