Even though the calendar flipped to April 1 on Wednesday, at least four Ohio State athletics programs haven’t been messing around.
After the OSU pistol team locked up a national title last Thursday and the synchronized swimming team won its 29th championship on Saturday, the Buckeyes have already finished four national championship campaigns in 2015. Along with pistol and synchronized swimming, the OSU wrestling and football teams picked up new trophies as well.
The pistol team’s title was its second in a row and seventh in program history. Along with the open team title — which the Buckeyes also claimed in 2000 and 2014 — freshman Irina Andrianova placed first in the sport pistol competition with a score of 566 out of a possible 600.
Outside of the three open titles, OSU’s other four championships have come in the women’s team competition, and all have come since the turn of the century.
The synchronized swimming team’s title was its 29th, which is the most for any sport in Buckeye athletics history. OSU topped Lindenwood — the defending champion — by four points with a final tally of 93.0 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus.
Before those two teams polished off the Buckeyes’ successful first three months of the year, the wrestling team won its first national title on March 21, when redshirt-senior Logan Stieber picked up his fourth individual title. The Buckeye football team also won its eighth national championship in January in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.