Buckeyes back up synchronized swimming dominance

Buckeyes back up synchronized swimming dominance

ORO VALLEY, AZ - Ohio State repeated as national champions Saturday as the U.S. Collegiate National Championships came to a close and the U.S. Senior National Championships began at the Oro Valley Aquatics Center.

OSU won its 31st overall national synchronized swimming championship with 96 points. Stanford finished second with 90 followed by third-place Lindenwood at 72.

The host Arizona Wildcats finished ninth (72.55) out of the 12 competition teams, which included two teams each from Ohio State, Stanford, Lindenwood and Incarnate Word.

OSU's Monica Velazquez-Stiak was the Individual High Point Award winner. The senior Buckeye and Scottsdale Arizona native won three medals – two golds and a silver – at the championships.

The gold medal-winning Buckeye team scored 84.8667 points, while the third-place OSU team had 81.667. Stanford won silver by totaling 84.8000 points.

Stanford's Clare McGovern won gold in solo free with 83.4000 points. The Wildcats top placer Eryn Schmisseur took sixth (75.7667).

OSU's Alyssa Hoying and Velazquez-Stiak won the duet free final, scoring 83.7667 points.

In the trio free final, Stanford's McGovern, Slavin and Klauer took gold with 83.4333 points and UA's trio of Schmisseur, Sydney Schmisseur and Ayla Stallworth placed sixth (73.3) out of 12 trios.

The U.S. Senior National Championships began Saturday with solo, duet, and team tech competitions and will conclude with the finals on Sunday.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.