Five Named to US Senior National Training Squad
Oct. 17, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Five members of the Ohio State Synchronized Swimming team -- Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson, Lorraine Hack, Alyssa Hoying and Monica Velazquez-Stiak - have been selected to the US Senior National Training Squad.

Over the next four years, the squad members will be invited to regular training camps and some of them will be selected to participate in world class competitions such as the 2017 FINA Aquatic World Championships, the 2018 FINA Synchronized Swimming World Series, the 2019 Pan-American games, the 2019 FINA Aquatic World Championships and ultimately the 2020 Olympics Games.

The first of two training camps was held last week in Moraga, Calif., where the group of 24 invitees was trimmed to 14. All five Buckeyes made the cut. The next training session is scheduled for November 9-15 in San Antonio, Texas.

"These five student-athletes are the epitome of elite performers who know, first and foremost, what it means to be a team player," said Ohio State head coach Holly Vargo Brown.  "It is so very exciting that they are now in a position to be part of Team USA. They work so hard every day.  We are all incredibly happy for them and their success."


 

 

Emma Baranski, Senior, Hamden, Conn.

  • 2016 US Collegiate Solo National Champion
  • 2016 U.S. Collegiate High Point Award Winner
  • Three-Time All-American
  • Named team's Most Outstanding Swimmer in 2016
  • Never lost a solo routine in 2016
  • Is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, a member of the Academic All-Big Ten and US Collegiate All-Academic Teams and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete

Elizabeth Davidson, Senior, Northridge, Calif.

  • 2016 U.S. Collegiate Technical Event National Champion
  • Three-Time All-American
  • Is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, a member of the Academic All-Big Ten and US Collegiate All-Academic Teams and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete
  • Member of the 2015 National Championship team
  • Studied abroad last spring in Hungary

Lorraine Hack, Senior, Olympia, Wash.

  • Three-time All-American
  • Three-time US Collegiate All-Academic Team, two-time Academic All-Big Ten, two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete
  • Member of the 2015 National Championship team
  • Was a BucksGoPro intern this past summer

Alyssa Hoying, Junior, Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Two-time All-American
  • Is a member of the Academic All-Big Ten and US Collegiate All-Academic Teams and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete
  • Won first in the team and trio routines at North Regional Championships in Colorado last spring
  • Was a BucksGoPro intern this past summer

Monica Velazquez-Stiak, Junior, Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • 2016 U.S. Collegiate High Point Award Winner
  • Two-Time All-American
  • Named team's Most Outstanding Swimmer in 2016