March 22, 2002
In a rare case of synchronized d?j? vu, Stanford and Ohio State tied in the team free routine preliminary event on Friday at the 26th annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships in Norton, Mass. Ohio State set the day's high mark of 96.500 just four routines into the competition. Stanford came along, swimming 20th, to tie the mark and set up an all-out dash for the overall trophy when finals get underway Saturday at 10:20 a.m.
The same two teams tied at 97.267 in team prelims a year ago at the collegiate championships, with Ohio State pulling off a team event victory in the final and earning the Buckeyes' 21st overall Collegiate championship. Swimming for Ohio State were current or former U.S. National Teamers Victoria Bowen, Mary Hofer, Suzanna Hyatt, and Kim Lester, plus Brazilian Olympian Isabela Moraes, and Beth Kreimer, Lindsay Newbill and Kristin Price.
Host Wheaton (Mass.) College's "Batman" routine edged rival Richmond and Canisius B to qualify for the final in seventh place with a score of 86.083, making Wheaton the top placing Division III university. Swimming for Wheaton was Blair Feldman, Bevin Hughes, Elizabeth Maga, Jamie Olken, Emily Padow, Beth Percy and Jamie Sallier.
The top eight entries from preliminary rounds advance to Saturday's finals. More than 200 athletes from 22 universities are competing for collegiate national titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events. The championships are an open-class meet, combining competition for NCAA Divisions I, II and III, plus NAIA schools.
The Ohio State University is attempting to win its third consecutive, and 22nd overall title in the 26th year of the championships. Top athletes advance to the U.S. National Championships and 2002 U.S. National Team Trials, April 18-20 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Competition continues Saturday at 10:20 a.m. with finals in all events. All events take place at Balfour Natatorium on the campus of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.
1T, Stanford, 96.500.
1T, Ohio State, 96.500.
3, UAB A, 93.500.
4, Ohio State B, 93.000.
5, Canisius A, 91.500.
6, UAB B, 86.917.
7, Wheaton, 86.083.
8, Canisius B, 85.583.