Ohio State Celebrates 2013 Season
April 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State synchronized swimming team held its annual team banquet Sunday in the University Suite at Ohio Stadium. Celebrating the 2013 season in which the Buckeyes won its 23rd consecutive North Regional title, finished second at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships and placed fourth at the U.S. Senior National Championships, Ohio State wrapped up the 2013 campaign with one final gathering before summer break.
The program began with the presentation of the academic awards. A pair of Buckeyes in Chelsea Aton and Heidi Liou met the new standards required by USA Synchro to achieve U.S. Collegiate Academic Team honors by earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Additionally, 11 Buckeyes - Aton, Samantha Golomb, Tori Hawes, Kristine Irwin, Liou, Yuliya Maryanko, Lauren Nicholson, Malika Smoot, Katie Spada, Paige Wells and Khadija Zanotto - were Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.
U.S. Collegiate All-Americans Aton, Maryanko, Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, who also was the U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Spada and Zanotto were recognized for their exceptional efforts at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships in March.
Team honors also were awarded throughout the afternoon. Maryanko was named Most Outstanding Swimmer for her many accomplishments this season, including silver medals in the solo event at the U.S. Collegiate and U.S. Senior National Championships. Maryanko also was named individual high point winner at the senior championships.
The Scarlet Team Buckeye Award was presented to senior captain Ramsey. The recipient of this award demonstrates outstanding Buckeye spirit, a strong ability to work well with teammates and coaches, excellent motivation and a clear vision of what it means to be a team player. Sophomore Samantha Golomb received the Buckeye Award for the Gray team.
Sophomore Spada received the Joann Ferguson Kale Award. This honor recognizes a swimmer who is friendly, helpful, and respectful of others.
The Most Improved Swimmer award, awarded to the student-athlete who shows the most improvement from the 2012 to 2013 season, was presented to senior Katie LaBounty.
Ramsey capped her career with the Carmen Ohio Award. This laurel is presented to a swimmer who demonstrates exceptional leadership.
Taking home the prestigious Jessica Beck "Sunshine" Award was Jenny Mann. This award honors a swimmer who exemplifies the respect, dedication, and `sunshine spirit' of former Buckeye letterwinner Jessica Beck, who died suddenly in 2005 prior to her senior season.
2013 Ohio State Synchronized Swimming Team Banquet