Two-time All-American Yuliya Maryanko is the two-time solo champion at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships.
Nov. 16, 2012
Although it is a new season, the 2013 edition of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team has the same goal – win the U.S. Collegiate National title. In 2012, the Buckeyes captured their 28th collegiate title, as well as their 22nd North Regional championship. Behind new head coach Holly Vargo-Brown and assistant Suzanna Fernandez, the Scarlet and Gray have all the makings to bring another title back to Columbus.
What to Watch For
While the lineup for the solo and duet teams appears to be sealed, there is competition in the pool for who will represent Ohio State in the trio, as well as the Scarlet and Gray teams.
Junior Yuliya Maryanko will swim the solo for the Buckeyes. A two-time All-American, Maryanko won the U.S. Collegiate solo title in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Maryanko captured the U.S. Senior championships crown in the event in 2011. Maryanko will pair with senior and two-time All-American Paige Ramsey to represent the Buckeye duet. A season ago, Maryanko and Ramsey were the runners-up at collegiate nationals.
So far, several Buckeyes are in contention for one of the two trios. Maryanko, Ramsey and juniors Chelsea Aton and Lauren Nicholson will vie for a spot among each other, while head coach Vargo-Brown will determine which three best fit among sophomores Kristine Irwin, Katie Spada, Khadija Zanotto, junior Katie LaBounty and senior Kayley Colville. In 2012, the Buckeyes, led by Maryanko, Ramsey and former Buckeye Alex Beckett, clinched the gold medal in the event at U.S. Collegiate Nationals.
Initially starting out with a group of 13 swimmers, the Scarlet Squad will comprise of only nine swimmers by the start of the season. As of late October, Buckeyes competing for a roster spot on Team Scarlet include – Aton, Colville, Colleen Courtmanche, Julia Gaylard, Natalie Gaylard, Irwin, LaBounty, Heidi Liou, Maryanko, Nicholson, Ramsey, Spada and Zanotto. Isabella Conrad, Samantha Golomb, Caitlin Hoffman, Cory Justice, Jenny Mann, Emily Muma and Julia Toro make up the initial Gray Squad. Tori Hawes, Amrian Johnson, Malika Smoot and Paige Wells will form the Buckeye Squad. At the 2012 U.S. Collegiate National championships, the Scarlet Team finished second by just .0167 of a point, while the Gray Team was third.
The Buckeyes will compete at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus three times this season. Ohio State will open the season Jan. 19 hosting the annual Ohio State Invitational. Two weeks later, the Scarlet and Gray will welcome several programs from around the country for the Jessica Beck Memorial competition Feb. 2. Following three consecutive road meets at Richmond (Feb. 9), William & Mary (Feb. 10) and Boston University (Feb. 23 and 24), the Buckeyes will return to Columbus to host the North Regional championships March 2. The postseason will continue on the road at Palo Alto, Calif., for the U.S. Collegiate National championships March 20 and Greensboro, N.C., for the U.S. Senior National championships April 10.
Ohio State boasts a balanced roster made up of 24 student-athletes. There are exactly 12 upperclassmen and 12 underclassmen to help the Buckeyes defend their U.S. Collegiate National crown.