Buckeyes Celebrate another Championship Season
May 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State synchronized swimming team celebrated another banner year in team history at the annual team banquet Friday evening at The Ohio State University Gold Club. Led by the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Coach of the Year, Linda Lichter-Witter, the 2012 Buckeyes brought home the program's 28th U.S. Collegiate Championship title in March.
Sophomore Yuliya Maryanko was named Most Outstanding Swimmer for her many accomplishments this season, including a gold medal in the solo event at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. Maryanko, an All-American, was also named individual high point winner.
The Most Improved Swimmer award, awarded to the student-athlete who shows the most improvement from the 2011 to 2012 season, was presented to junior Paige Ramsey. Samantha Golomb was named Most Improved New Swimmer, awarded each year to a freshman.
The Scarlet Team Buckeye Award was presented to freshman Khadija Zanotto. 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. Freshman Krissy Irwin received the Buckeye Award for the Gray team.
Freshman Heidi Liou received the Joann Ferguson Kale Award. This honor recognizes a swimmer who is friendly, helpful, and respectful of others.
Senior All-American Lauren Robinson 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 freshman Katie Spada. 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.
2012 Synchronized Swimming Team Banquet