Buckeyes Join Together for "Sync Cancer" Event

Nov. 3, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State synchronized swimming team held its inaugural "Sync Cancer" event Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The swim-a-thon, inspired by Buckeye alumna Emily Marsh Fleming, brought current and former members of Buckeye synchronized swimming together to join the fight against cancer and support Pelotonia's Team Buckeye.

The event featured 54 participants swimming one mile and raised more than $4,900 to benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

"It was such an honor for our team to provide the opportunity for everyone to gather in support of Emily and the fight against cancer," Holly Vargo-Brown, head coach, said. "What a great afternoon of love and Buckeye spirit!"

The afternoon began with remarks from Vargo-Brown and Dr. Charles Shapiro, the director of breast medical oncology at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, before Marsh Fleming addressed the crowd and spoke about three facets of her life combining in this event: synchronized swimming, her journey with breast cancer and involvement in Pelotonia. Following her speech, USA Synchro recognized the four-time All-American with her induction into the 2013 USA Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame.

The swimmers then donned their "Sync Cancer" caps and embarked on their one-mile swim, while the Scarlet and Gray led cheers and provided the entertainment for the program. After completing the 72 laps, guests were treated to desserts and refreshments before ending the program with the beloved "Buckeye Circle."


The "Sync Cancer" event is inspired by Buckeye alumna Emily Marsh Fleming, a four-time All-American on the Ohio State synchronized swimming team from 1994-1997. Fleming was named a four-time Collegiate National team champion and a six-time Collegiate National event champion. Fleming served as an alternate on the 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team and was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Fleming has participated in Pelotonia three times, most recently riding 75 miles in August.