The Ohio State University Claims Collegiate Synchronized Swimming High Point Title

April 03, 2009, 3:24 p.m. (ET)

SAN ANTONIO - The Ohio State University scored 98 points en route to winning its 25th U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championship. Stanford University finished in the second-place position (80 Points) while Canisius College took third place (76.5 Points). The host team, the University of the Incarnate Word, placed fourth with 66.5 points.

Saturday was highlighted by finals action in the solo, duet, trio and team events. The Ohio State University swept three of four disciplines including the team event (97.333). The Buckeyes also swept the top-two spots in the trio finals event, each with a score of 94.667 (Barb Nesbitt, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault) (Meghan Kinney, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart). Stanford's Taylor Durand, Mariya Koroleva and Olivia Morgan took second place with a 93.500

In the duet finals, OSU's Becky Kim teamed up with Kinney for the top spot with a score of 95.333. Canisius College (Natalia Tarasova and Yulia Shepeleva) grabbed the silver medal with a score of 94.500. Stanford (Taylor Durand and Debbie Chen) took bronze with 93.167 points.

Natalia Tarasova of Canisius College struck gold in the solo event with a 95.000. Tarasova shared the medal stand with Nesbitt (94.667) and teammate Yulia Shepeleva (92.833).

Becky Kim of OSU earned the USSS Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors.

The event marked the 33rd U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate National Championships, which are an open-class meet, combining competition from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and NAIA colleges and universities.

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