March 13, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford synchronized swimming team came in second place 82 points at the 34th annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships, Saturday, at the Avery Aquatic Center. The event was an open-class meet, combining competition from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and NAIA colleges and universities.
The Ohio State University won the 2010 U.S. Collegiate Championships with 96 points. The 2010 Collegiate Athlete of the Year, voted on by the coaches, was awarded to Natalia Tarasova of Canisius College.
Saturday's finals events began with the trio competition. Stanford senior Taylor Durand and sophomores Maria Koroleva and Oliva Morgan captured second place in the event with a score of 93.000. The Cardinal's other trio, Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller and Michelle Moore, placed fourth with 90.125 points.
Ohio State edged the Cardinal for first place in the trio competition. Barbara Nesbitt, Deborah Shim and Michelle Theriault tallied 93.125 to claim first place. The Buckeyes also took third with the trio of Meghan Kinney, Paige Ramsey and Caitlin Stewart, who garnered 92.750 points. The University of the Incarnate Word's Saki Fujise, Alexandra Stensby and Rosilyn Tegart rounded out the top-5 with 88.875 points.
The competition continued with the duet performances. Stanford's Koroleva and Morgan finished in third place with 92.500 points, while Durand and senior Debbie Chen came in fourth with 91.375 points.
Ohio State's Kinney and Theriault claimed first with 93.875 points, while the team of Yulia Shepeleva and Tarasova from Canisius College came in second with 93.250 points. The University of the Incarnate Word's Fujise and Seyeon Min finished fifth with 89.375 points.
Stanford freshman Jessica Guenther placed fourth in the solo competition with a score of 89.125. Canisius College's Tarasova claimed the top spot with 94.000 points. Ohio State's Nesbitt finished second with 93.500 points, while Canisius College's Shepeleva was third with 91.500 points. Tegart from the University of the Incarnate Word completed the top-5 with 88.000 points.
The finals concluded with the team competition. Ohio State finished just ahead the Cardinal with a score of 95.500 to with the team competition. Stanford's team of Chen, Crocker, Durand, Fuller, Guenther, Moore, Alex Bollaidlaw and Corinne Smith tallied 94.875 points. The University of the Incarnate Word came in third, Ohio State's "B" Team placed fourth, while Canisius College came in fifth.
Following the competition, six Cardinal swimmers were named Collegiate All-Americans - Chen, Crocker, Fuller, Koroleva, Moore and Morgan. Durand was named an honorary Collegiate All-American. In addition, Chen and Koroleva were the high point title winners.
The Cardinal will now prepare for the U.S. Nationals, which runs from April 14-17 in Huntersville, N.C.