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Ohio State synchronized swimming team wins 2014 US National Championship

April 13, 2014
Routines based on the elements of fire and ice solidified the Ohio State synchronized swimming team as national champions. An overall score of 57 points secured a first-place finish for the Buckeyes at the 2014 U.S. National Championship Saturday in Oro Valley, Ariz., making for the team’s first U.S. Senior National title since the 2010-11 season, according to an OSU press release. The team, led by coach Holly Vargo-Brown, was awarded three medals at the competition. OSU’s Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton and Yuliya Maryanko , juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson, Morgan Boneberg and Lorraine Hack, tallied an overall 85 points… Read more

Ohio State synchronized swimming takes first at Jessica Beck Memorial Meet

February 2, 2014
The pools of McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion provided a watery platform to allow fire to battle with ice. For the first time this season and the last time at home, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team performed its routines at the Jessica Beck Memorial Saturday. Hosting Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Ohio University, OSU proved to be in a league of its own, sweeping first place in all four categories as well as first place overall with 93 points. The next closest was Michigan, who finished 46 points behind OSU. With eight swimmers apiece — the maximum number allotted for team performance — the OSU Scarlet Team and the Gray Team portrayed… Read more

Women’s swimming set to host Ohio State Invitational

November 22, 2013
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team has been dominant in its fall season, with only one blemish to an otherwise perfect record. As the No. 20-ranked Buckeyes prepare for this year’s Ohio State Invitational meet, the final before the New Year, they are set to host No. 5 Florida, No. 11 Virginia, unranked Purdue and unranked Kentucky over the weekend. This meet marks the largest competition on the Buckeyes fall schedule. It is also scheduled to be the second time this season the Buckeyes take on Big Ten rival, Purdue, losing their first encounter Nov. 8 157-143. “I’m unbelievably disappointed in that loss. That’s a team that was… Read more

‘Warrior’ honored in Ohio State swim-a-thon fundraiser for cancer

November 3, 2013
Breast cancer had no effect on Emily Marsh-Fleming’s breaststroke. Regardless of her diagnosis, the 38-year-old kept on swimming along with about 50 other participants at the first “Sync Cancer” swim-a-thon Saturday, hosted and sponsored by Ohio State’s synchronized swimming team at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. More than $5,000 was raised through swimmer registration and donations, head coach Holly Vargo-Brown said, and the proceeds benefited Pelotonia’s Team Buckeye in honor of Marsh-Fleming, a Buckeye alumna who swam on OSU’s synchronized swimming team from 1994 to 1997 and was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2009 when she was six months pregnant. The idea for the event, Marsh-Fleming explained, stemmed from… Read more

Justin Sochor named Ohio State diving coach

August 14, 2013
Ohio State diving has named it’s fourth coach in the 82-year history of the program. Justin Sochor, who recently coached Team USA at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, was announced as the new coach of the Buckeyes on Wednesday. “I am confident that Justin has what it takes to lead our very successful diving program both in the classroom and in the diving well,” TJ Shelton, associate athletics director for sports administration, said in a press release. “During the interview process, Justin articulated a vision that would focus on the development of the student-athlete. We are excited to have Justin join our coaching staff at Ohio State.” Sochor has… Read more

Cheverton’s swimming career a whirlwind of success

April 26, 2011
The past three months of Samantha Cheverton’s life have been amazing — but you wouldn’t know it while sitting down with the soft-spoken swimmer at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. In February, she won the Big Ten individual title in the 200 freestyle. In March, she garnered four All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Then, in April, something even greater happened. Cheverton qualified for the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Championships for Canada at the trials in Victoria, British Columbia. The championships will be held August in Shanghai. Cheverton won two events, the 200 and 400 freestyle with personal bests times of 1:58.80 and 4:09.67, respectively. “That… Read more

Program records shattered en route to 11th-place finish

March 26, 2011
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team broke six school records, and earned 25 All-American awards on its way to an 11th-place finish out of 37 teams at the NCAA Championships. California fended off defending national champion Texas to take first at the meet, held at Minnesota’s University Aquatic Center March 24–26. OSU was rounding out the top 10 heading into Saturday, the third and final day of the championships, before Georgia overtook them, leaving the Buckeyes 10.5 points short of what would have been its second consecutive top-10 finish. OSU coach Bill Wadley said they were not disappointed they missed out on the top 10 and that being… Read more

Swimmers earn spot on U.S. National Team

August 16, 2010
The red, white and blue are getting a little help from the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State swimmers Elliot Keefer and Tim Phillips have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team, and will compete in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 18-22. OSU is the only university to boast two undergraduate swimmers on the U.S. team. “Representing Ohio State here is just awesome because there aren’t a lot of Big Ten schools there, so representing Ohio State and the Big Ten on the national stage is awesome,” said Keefer, a senior from Loveland, Ohio. “And it doesn’t get any better than representing your country.” The… Read more

2010 Grand Prix showcases Olympians

April 3, 2010
Nearly 400 swimmers representing 112 USA Swimming teams were making waves April 1 through April 3 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the 2010 Columbus Grand Prix. Ohio State hosted the fifth stop in the eight-meet series that started on Nov. 13, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn. “The Grand Prix series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country, as they continue their preparation for the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships,” according to a USA Swimming press release from March 29. Four pool records were broken over the weekend, according to Swimnetwork’s Web site.… Read more

Buckeye briefs for Mar. 30

Ohio State swimming and diving exceeded its goals on the season by not only taking home the Big Ten Championship, but earning a ninth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The Top 10 finish is the team’s best in 36 years. The Scarlet and Gray added 16 athletes to the school-record 29 All-America or honorable mention All-America honors. This included a fifth-place finish for senior Wes Wieser, who earned three All-America honors at the meet to contribute to his fifth career All-America honor.   Shortstop Alicia Herron earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors after a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin made the No. 22 Buckeyes 2-0 in the conference.… Read more