Scarlet and Gray Add Nine for 2014

Head coach Holly Vargo-Brown will welcome her first freshman class as a head coach this fall.
Head coach Holly Vargo-Brown will welcome her first freshman class as a head coach this fall.

June 6, 2013

COLUMBUS, OhioHolly Vargo-Brown, head coach of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team, announced Monday the addition of nine incoming freshmen for the 2014 season, including 2013 U.S. Junior Solo and Figure National Champion Emma Baranski.

Baranski, Alexa Aton, Natalie Huibregtse, Tori Baron, Jasmine Pulido, Caroline Jimenez, Sarah House, Elizabeth Davidson and Lorraine Hack, who committed in November, mark the first class for Vargo-Brown, who was named head coach of the Scarlet and Gray in June of 2012.

“We are thrilled to be adding such a strong and talented group of young women into our program,” Vargo-Brown, Buckeye head coach, said. “They have all proven themselves, both athletically and academically, and will make an immediate impact on the team’s future success.”

Baranski captured first place in the solo and figure competitions at the 2013 U.S. Junior National Championships April 9-13 in Greensboro, N.C., to become the first swimmer from the East Zone to clinch a Junior National Solo title in 55 years. The Hamden, Conn., native is a member of the New Canaan YMCA Aquinas and was named the East Zone Swimmer of the Year after winning the solo, duet, team and figures titles at the East Zone Meet in March.

“I had the opportunity to watch Emma make history at the 2013 US Junior National Championships by winning the solo title,” Vargo-Brown said. “It was a great swim for her, really showcasing her potential to be a strong solo competitor for the Buckeyes in the future.”

Seven of the nine incoming freshmen have experience as members of the USA National Team, with Davidson and Pulido earning spots on the US Senior Open Squad this summer.

Alexa Aton, Natalie Huibregtse and Tori Baron – Indy Synchro
Jasmine Pulido and Caroline Jimenez – Santa Clara Aquamaids
Sarah House –Walnut Creek Aquanuts
Lorraine Hack – Seattle Synchro
Emma Baranski – New Canaan YMCA Aquafins
Elizabeth Davidson – Riverside Aquettes