Ohio State Looks to Defend Title at U.S. Collegiate Championships

Go Buckeyes! Yuliya Maryanko
Go Buckeyes!
Yuliya Maryanko
Go Buckeyes!

March 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team begins the journey towards capturing the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Championship Wednesday. Competition is set to run through Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. 

In its 36-year history, the program has clinched 28 U.S. Collegiate Championship titles. Ohio State has captured the title for four-consecutive years (2009-2012) and is striving to secure its fifth-consecutive championship this season.

The championships will feature solo, duet, trio and team competition, with all finals on Saturday. The event will be webcast free at http://takeitlive.tv/livesynchro/.

For more information on the event, visit www.usasynchro.org.


Behind gold-medal performances in the trio and solo routine events, the Buckeyes claimed first place at the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championship with 93 points at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium in Gainesville, Fla.

Buckeye sophomore Yuliya Maryanko was crowned the individual high point winner at the event. She earned her first championship of the 2012 Collegiate National Championships in the A Technical, receiving a mark of 81.575. The Kharhov, Ukraine, native also collected a gold medal in the solo competition. 

Maryanko, Alex Beckett, and Paige Ramsey earned an 87.4167, two-tenths of a point ahead of Incarnate Word's Brianna Andreychuk, Saki Fujise and Rosilyn Tegart, to take first place in the trio event. All three Buckeyes were named to the All-Collegiate Team at the event. The Buckeye trio of Java Nikbakht, Lauren Robinson and Khadija Zanotto placed in the Top 3 with an 86.6500. Ramsey and Maryanko were silver medalists in the duet competition after scoring an 87.9333.



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


Six Buckeyes earned All-American honors in 2012: Yuliya Maryanko, Alex Beckett, Paige Ramsey, Lauren Robinson, Java Nikbakht and Khadija Zanotto.

Academically, Chelsea Aton, Samantha Golomb, Kristin Irwin, Heidi Liou, Lara Tutton and Zanotto were All-Americans.   

Former head coach Linda Lichter-Witter was named 2012 Collegiate Coach of the Year and current 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 Buckeyes continued their dominance at the North Regional Championships as hosts of the event March 3 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes collected 96 points to edge Lindenwood, who finished second with 91 points.

Paige Ramsey and Yuliya Maryanko were the top performers in the duet competition, earning a score of 88.833.

The Buckeye trio of Chelsea Aton, Lauren Nicholson and Paige Ramsey placed second in the event with an 87.167, while teammates Kayley Colville, Katie Spada, Khadija Zanotto took third with a score of 86.330.

Maryanko tallied her first second-place finish of the season in the solo routine, scoring a 90.167.

The Buckeyes finished first and third in the team routine, respectively. The Scarlet team of Aton, Colville, Katie LaBounty, Maryanko, Nicholson, Spada, and Zanotto earned 90.000 points to secure first place ahead of Lindenwood (88.833). The Gray team, comprised of Isabella Conrad, Jennifer Mann, Natalie Gaylard, Julia Gaylard, Cory Justice, Caitlin Hoffman, Heidi Liou, and Kristine Irwin finished third with an 87.833.

HEAD COACH Holly Vargo-Brown

Head coach Holly Vargo-Brown was named the third coach of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team June 26, 2012. Since taking the helm, Vargo-Brown has led the Buckeyes to six first-place finishes and has poised the Buckeyes to make another championship run this season.

A Buckeye letterwinner from 1981-84, Vargo-Brown has helped coach 19 U.S. Collegiate National championship teams as well as two U.S. Senior National championship squads. Vargo-Brown also has been instrumental in leading various members of the program to a total of 41 U.S. titles (nine solo, 14 duet and 18 trio titles). She was also a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, an All-American in 1984 and member of the 1982 and 1983 U.S. Collegiate Championship teams.


Team total: 105 (vs. William & Mary)

Trio: 88.167 (Lauren Nicholson, Chelsea Aton, Paige Ramsey)

Duet: 90.000 (Yuilya Maryanko, Ramsey)

Solo: 92.000 (Maryanko)

Scarlet Team: 91.1667 (Aton, Kayley Colville, Colleen Courtmanche, Maryanko, Nicholson, Ramsey, Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto)

Gray Team: 88.250 (Isabella Conrad, Natalie Gaylard, Julia Gaylard, Caitlin Hoffman, Kristine Irwin, Cory Justice, Jennifer Mann and Heidi Liou)


Ohio State will compete in its final event of the year at the U.S. Senior National Championships April 10 in Greensboro, N.C.