The top collegiate synchronized swimmers will compete for national titles and a spot on the World University Games squad at the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Championships beginning Thursday at Stanford.
The event, which runs through Saturday, will be held at the Avery Aquatic Center and is an open-class meet, combining competition from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and NAIA colleges and universities.
A free webcast for the event will be available starting on Thursday.
Ohio State won its 28th collegiate overall high point title at last year's championships, edging the University of the Incarnate Word. Stanford finished fourth in 2012, marking its 32nd top-five finish in program history.
The championships will feature solo, duet, trio and team competition, with all finals on March 23.
The U.S. team for the World University Games will be announced on Sunday. The World University Games synchronized swimming event will be held July 5-9 in Kazan, Russia.
Qualified swimmers also will compete for a spot on the U.S. World Championship team on March 24. The 15th FINA World Championships are scheduled for July 20-27 in Barcelona, Spain.
Six Stanford synchronized swimmers finished in the top 10 at the first phase of the U.S. Senior National Team Trials, held in Santa Clara in January. Finishing in the top 10 for the Cardinal were Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller, Megan Hansley, Mariya Koroleva, Michelle Moore and Olivia Morgan.
Tickets will be sold on-site March 21-23 only. Ticket sales will open 30 minutes prior to the first event start time each day.