Jan. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will begin its 2012 season at 6 p.m. Saturday night at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in a dual meet against the University of Michigan. The solo, duet and trio routine events will take place on Saturday with the technical competition being held Sunday at 9 a.m. An eight-meet season awaits the Buckeyes and it will conclude with them defending their U.S. Collegiate title in March.
A Look Back at 2011
With a three-point victory over Stanford last March in Buffalo, N.Y., the Buckeyes became the three-time defending U.S. Collegiate champions. Ohio State won its 27th overall title, as well as the trio and solo routines. After capturing the U.S. Collegiate title, the Scarlet and Gray came back home to McCorkle to win the U.S. Senior National Championships. Ohio State claimed first in the solo, duet and team competitions at the meet to close out another successful season. Prior to those victories, Ohio State won its 21st North Regional championship in as many years after sweeping all of the routines and three of the four technical competitions. View roster here.
The Scarlet and Gray ended last season with a trio of All-Americans and then-freshman Yuliya Maryanko receiving honorary All-America status. This season only one of the three return to the squad. Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault both exhausted their eligibility last year leaving current sophomores Alex Beckett and Maryanko to represent the squad as returning All-Americans.
With the departure of Michelle Theriault
, Deborah Shim
, Monica Finnigan
and Liana Litsky
, eight freshmen have descended upon Columbus to join the team. The eight freshmen hail from all over the United States and even represent Alberta, Canada. California sends two athletes and Ohio, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Florida are each the home states of one. These eight freshmen join 11 sophomores to create over half of a team of underclassmen.
Buckeyes in the Community
This season each Buckeye has made a pledge to "Give Back a Day" in community service. Each student-athlete is planning to complete at least 24 hours of community service with a team goal of 600 hours. With about five months left in the school year, Ohio State has reached the halfway mark and they are showing no signs of slowing down. So far this year the Scarlet and Gray has participated in a multitude of service events including Steps for Sarcoma, the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Walk For Wishes and the 2nd and 7 Reading Program.
Buckeye Synchro Peloton
Every family has been affected by cancer in one way or another and the Ohio State synchronized swimming family is unfortunately no exception. Pelotonia is a grass roots bicycle tour whose goal is to end cancer. The concept of a peloton is that by riding as a group we get further faster. In 2011 5,000 Pelotonia riders raised a combined total of $13 million, every penny of which is funding necessary research at The James. A Buckeye Synchro Peloton is being organized to help Pelotonia reach its goal.
To learn more about Pelotonia and how you can participate as a donor, volunteer, or rider, visit www.pelotonia.org. If you are interested in riding as a member of the Buckeye Synchro peloton in 2012 (swimmers, alumni, family, friends) please contact Emily (Marsh) Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 367-7216.
The success of Ohio State synchronized swimming has continuously made its mark in the professional realm. Several former Buckeyes have gone on to have professional careers in synchronized swimming. Ana Cukic (`98), Carolina Moraes (`02), Isabella Moraes (`02), Chelsea Luker (`06), Suzanna Hyatt (`03), Brooke Paul (`08), Jackie Mundy (`10), Kendra Sollars (`09), Diana Care (`10), Emilie Siemer (`10) and Barb Nesbitt (`11) are some of the former members of the Scarlet and Gray who did not stop performing when they left Columbus. Former Buckeyes have frequented the "Le Reve" and "O" shows in Las Vegas and have also wowed crowds on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship and as members of the Aqualillies performance group.
Dedicated Oct. 14, 2005, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is one of the finest competition pools in the nation.
The Pavilion consists of the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the Ron O'Brien Diving Well. The Peppe Natatorium, named for the former Ohio State head coach, features a 50-meter competition pool and 1,750 spectator seating. The O'Brien Diving Well consists of 3-centerline towers and the ability to have 1- and 3-meter springboards on all four sides of the well. Holding nearly 1.56 million gallons of water in the entire facility, the Pavilion is part of Ohio State's Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC).
Head Coach Linda Lichter-Witter
Linda Lichter-Witter is entering her 17th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. Her impressive 596-21-1 record speaks to her hard work and dedication. Lichter-Witter-led teams have either become national runners-up or, more often than not, national champions. In all, the Buckeyes have won 10 national championships and have been runners-up six other times. As only the second coach of the varsity squad at Ohio State, Lichter-Witter started with and maintains excellence with her teams and has secured Ohio State's mark as one of the best collegiate synchronized swimming teams year in and year out.
The Buckeyes will head to Minneapolis for the University of Minnesota Invitational Jan. 28.