Buckeyes to Celebrate More Than 80 Years of Synchronized Swimming at Ohio State
May 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio- After winning 28 U.S. Collegiate national championships, three U.S. Senior national championships titles and 23 North Regional titles in more than an 80-year span, the Ohio State synchronized program will celebrate its rich history this fall during the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 26-28.
Buckeye synchronized swimming began in 1928 and in addition to the program's collective team efforts, nine Ohio State swimmers have been inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame - Karen Josephson, Sarah Josephson, Karen Callaghan, Tara Cameron, Becky Jasontek, Emily Marsh, Maria Giusti, Carolina Moraes and Isabela Moraes.
Becky Kim, an Ohio State synchronized swimming letterwinner from 2004-06 and 2009, will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 26. Following the induction ceremony dinner, Kim will join 12 of her fellow Buckeyes for a public recognition at halftime of the football Buckeyes' home game vs. Cincinnati Sept. 27 in Ohio Stadium.
A four-time U.S. Collegiate All-American, Kim won six U.S. Collegiate championships, ranging from duet, trio and team titles, during her Ohio State career. Additionally, during her span as a Buckeye, Kim was instrumental in helping Ohio State win a pair of U.S. Collegiate National titles in 2004 and 2009. The 2009 United States Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Kim was pivotal in leading the Buckeyes to their first U.S. Senior National title in program history as a senior in 2009. Kim and Meghan Kinney paired up in the duet routine and finished first en route to the historic moment.
An active member of the U.S. Team I and Team II National squads throughout her career, Kim achieved a momentous feat when she was named a member of the U.S. Olympic Team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
During the weekend-long festivities, attendees will have an opportunity to join in various Ohio State athletics activities and events, including the Varsity "O" Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and the Ohio State vs. Cincinnati football game at Ohio Stadium.