Ohio State to Host Jessica Beck Memorial Meet

Buckeye seniors Chelsea Aton and Lauren Nicholson
Buckeye seniors Chelsea Aton and Lauren Nicholson

Jan. 30, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team is set to host the eighth-annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Michigan, Ohio University and Miami are slated to compete vs. the Buckeyes in solo, duet, trio and team competition. The meet marks Ohio State’s last home event of the season.

All alumni are invited to attend a reception following the meet on the pool deck.

Morgan Boneberg, Elizabeth Davidson and Yuliya Maryanko
Chelsea Aton, Lauren Nicholson and Khadija Zanotto
Sarah House, Natalie Huibregtse and Emily Muma
Natalie Gaylard, Julia Gaylard and Cory Justice



Emma Baranski, Lorraine Hack
Alexa Aton and Jasmine Pulido
Paige Wells and Amrian Johnson
Tori Hawes and Julia Toro.

Yuliya Maryanko

Julia Gaylard, Natalie Gaylard, Cory Justice, Heidi Liou, Natalie Huibregtse, Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Sarah House with alternates Emily Muma and Tori Baron.
Yuliya Maryanko, Elizabeth Davidson, Emma Baranski, Lorraine Hack, Khadija Zanotto, Chelsea Aton, Katie Spada and Lauren Nicholson with alternate Morgan Boneberg.

The Jessica Beck Memorial Meet, formerly known as the OSU Collegiate Meet, is in honor of Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Catherine Beck who died Sept. 15, 2005. Beck, who was 21 and a native of Richmond, Va., would have competed in her senior season in 2006. The Buckeyes renamed the OSU Collegiate Meet to the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet in her honor in 2007.

In her second year at Ohio State, Beck was a member of the Buckeye ‘B’ team that placed second at the North Regional championships and fourth at the Collegiate National championships. As a junior, she played an integral role in helping the OSU ‘B’ team regain the bronze medal at the U.S. Collegiate National championships with her flawless execution of the vertical team lift.

Beck also excelled in the classroom, garnering Academic All-America accolades for three consecutive years. Majoring in communication, Beck was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete award winner and was named to the Dean’s List.

At the meet, there will be tables set up by the American Red Cross where fans can learn more about this organization and have the opportunity to make a financial contribution.

Seniors Chelsea Aton, Julia Gaylard, Natalie Gaylard, Tori Hawes, Yuliya Maryanko and Lauren Nicholson will be honored prior to the meet. During the past four seasons, this group has helped the Buckeyes win four North Regional Championships, two U.S. Collegiate Championships and one U.S. Senior Championship.

Ohio State claimed its season opener with 94 points at the Ohio State Invitational Jan. 11 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. University of Michigan S.S. Club finished second with 57.5 points, Miami University took third with 18 points and Ohio University finished with 15.5 points. Senior Yuliya Maryanko took first in solo with 88.70 points and paired with freshman Elizabeth Davidson to take first place in duet with 87.4. Chelsea Aton, Lauren Nicholson and Katie Spada won the trio competition with 84.7 points.

The Buckeyes notched six first-place finishes in the 2013 season, including capturing their 23rd consecutive North Regional Championship in front of a home crowd. The Scarlet and Gray tallied a second place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., and six Buckeyes were tabbed U.S. Collegiate All-Americans in Chelsea Aton, Yuliya Maryanko, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto. Former Buckeye Paige Ramsey was named the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year at the event, becoming the first Buckeye since Becky Kim in 2009 to receive this honor.

The Buckeyes will hit the road to compete at Richmond in Richmond, Va., Feb. 8, followed by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., on Feb. 9.