Ohio State is looking for its 22nds regional title.
March 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will reenter the pool March 3 in St. Louis, Mo., for the 2012 North Regional Championships. Ohio State will be competing for its 22nd regional title as the team has dominated the competition since its inception.
2011 North Regional Championships
Last season the Buckeyes hosted the meet and swept all four routines to take first place with 105 points. Lindenwood came in second with 86 points and Minnesota followed in third with 70 points.
Ohio State's Scarlet Squad claimed the top spot in the team routine with a score of 96.667. The Scarlet squad consisted of Deborah Shim, Michelle Theriault, Paige Ramsey, Lauren Nicholson, Lauren Robinson, Colleen Courtmanche, Chelsea Aton and Alex Beckett. The Gray Squad consisting of Monica Finnigan, Raquel Aguado, Katie LaBounty, Kayley Colville, Caitlin Hoffman, Lara Tutton, Jenny Mann and Liana Litsky took second with a score of 92.667.
Yuliya Maryanko placed first in the solo routine with a scorie of 95.333 in her first North Regional championships.
Maryanko was joined by Michelle Theriault in the duet competition. The duo sealed their victory with a mark of 94.333.
In the trio competition, Beckett, Theriault and Shim placed first with a 93.0. Teammates Robinson, Nicholson and Ramsey used a score of 92.333 to finish second.
Last Time Out
The Scarlet and Gray defeated Florida and Tampa in the Gator Synchro Invitational Feb. 18. No trio routine was contested but Ohio State still managed to pick up a win in the solo, duet and team routines.
Maryanko won the solo routine with her 87.833-point solo. Ramsey joined Maryanko for a victory in the duet with 89.00 points. Java Nikbakht and Khadija Zanotto scored 84.333 points to finish second. Winning the team routine was Ohio State's Scarlet Squad. Courtmanche, Nikbakht, Robinson, Nicholsion, Katie Spada, Chelsea Aton and Zanotto combined for 88.833 points for the gold.
The Buckeyes will travel back to Gainesville, Fla., for the U.S. Collegiate National Championships March 15-17.
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