Buckeyes Prep for Season Finale at U.S. National Championships
April 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming is set to compete in the 2013 Swimoutlet.com U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships April 9-14 in Greensboro, N.C. The meet will mark the final event of the season for the Buckeyes.
LAST TIME OUT – U.S. COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tallying a total of 78 points, Ohio State finished second in the finals competition of the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Championships March 23 in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Buckeyes were awarded three silver medals in the event. Julia Gaylard notched a second-place finish in her B Figures routine March 22, while junior Yuliya Maryanko was awarded second-place in the solo competition March 23 with a score of 87.2375. The Scarlet Team, comprised of Chelsea Aton, Kayley Colville, Katie LaBounty, Maryanko, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto, collected a silver medal with a score of 89.3625.
Paige Ramsey NAMED U.S. COLLEGIATE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Senior Paige Ramsey was named the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year at the U.S. Collegiate Championships March 23. The recipient of the award is based on a coach’s vote at the meet. Along with her overall team silver-medal, Ramsey collected a second-place finish in the team routine competition at the event. As a Buckeye, Ramsey has won three U.S. Collegiate Championships and is a three-time U.S. Collegiate All-American.
ZANOTTO NAMED TO U.S. TEAM FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Sophomore Khadija Zanotto was named to the U.S. Team that will compete at the 2013 World University Games. Zanotto and 10 other top collegiate synchronized swimmers are slated to compete in the first synchronized swimming competition in the history of the World University Games July 5-9 in Kazan, Russia.
2013 U.S. COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS
ATON, LIOU NAMED TO U.S. COLLEGIATE ACADEMIC TEAM
Junior Chelsea Aton and sophomore Heidi Liou were named to the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Academic Team at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. The academic criteria for the honor is a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Both student-athletes collected the honor last season as well.
ELEVEN RECOGNIZED AS OHIO STATE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Eleven members of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team were recognized as 2013 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes in Chelsea Aton, Samantha Golomb, Tori Hawes, Kristine Irwin, Heidi Liou, Yuliya Maryanko, Lauren Nicholson, Malika Smoot, Katie Spada, Paige Wells and Khadija Zanotto. A total of 511 Buckeye student-athletes were honored at the 46th-annual event.
LAST TIME OUT – 2011 U.S. SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Behind a sweep in all routine events, Ohio State was crowned U.S. Senior National Champion in the 2010-11 season in front of a home crowd at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
Maryanko and former Buckeye Michelle Theriault captured a gold-medal in the duet competition with a score of 173.9000. Maryanko collected a second gold medal in the solo routine with a mark of 175.6250. There was no trio competition.
Ohio State’s Scarlet Team, comprised of Theriault, Alex Beckett, Deborah Shim, Lauren Nicholson, Lauren Robinson, Java Nikbakht, Colleen Courtmanche and Paige Ramsey, was first in the team routine with a score of 173.4125.
The Buckeyes did not compete in the event in the 2011-12 season.
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.
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
HIGH MARKS THIS SEASON
Team total: 105 (vs. William & Mary)
Duet: 90.000 (Yuilya Maryanko, Ramsey)
Solo: 92.000 (Maryanko)