Jan. 15, 2006
Ohio State 154, Ohio 85
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio swimming and diving teams both fell to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State with the men losing 143-120 and the women dropping a 180-114 decision.
The Bobcat women took 11 of the 13 events of Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) and Jessica Orlov (Bexley, Ohio) each taking two events.
Orlov won both diving events, recording a personal-best of 241.20 in the 3-meter and a 220.05 in the 1-meter. Marion finished first in the 400 individual medley in a time of 4:31.29 and became the third Bobcat to win the 100 backstroke, finishing in 58.85.
Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, Ohio) made her first attempt at the 500 freestyle this year, winning the event with a time of 5:10.67. Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) set a personal-best in the 200 freestyle, taking the event in 1:55.98.
Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) took the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.67 while Lindsey Connor (Venetia, Pa.) too the other sprint, finishing the 100 freestyle with a personal-best time of 54.49.
Freshman Ali Howell (State College, Pa.) and Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio) took the other two individual first place finishes for Ohio. Howell took the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:37.70 while Vaughn won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.28.
The group of Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.), Vaughn, DeStefano and Marion won the meet-opening 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.94, the best Bobcat time in the event this season.
The men improve to 1-2 overall with the win while the women move to 4-1-1.
Akron 163, Youngstown State 122
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron swimming and diving team (5-3, 1-3 MAC) closed out its final regular season home meet with a 163-122 victory over the visiting Youngstown State Penguins (2-4, 1-0 Horizon) during Senior Day Saturday at the Ocasek Natatorium.
The Zips won 12 events on the day following a 41-day break between competitions. Akron gave seniors Darcey Endicott (Lima, Ohio-Lima Shawnee), Szandra Gonzalez (Santiago, Chile-Ashland University), Holly Heckman (Urbandale, Iowa-Mercyhurst College), Lindsey Power (Brecksville, Ohio-North Royalton), Vickie Ryan (North Canton, Ohio-Catawba College) and Megan Walters (Columbus, Ind.-Columbus North) one last victory at Ocasek Natatorium.
"We have been in the midst of the toughest training of the season and I knew we would be tired," head coach Brian Vereb said. "I was very pleased with the mental toughness and the grit that the team showed today."
Akron won five of seven events entering the first diving break to hold an early 82-43 advantage, including victories by Emily Bulkowski (Fostoria, Ohio-Fostoria St. Wendelin), Ashleigh Powell (Oregon, Ohio-Toledo Christian), Danielle Béland (Ottawa, Ontario-St. Peters) and Walters.
Bulkowski won the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:00.39 in the first of four-straight Zips' victories. Powell followed with a first-place showing in the 100 backstroke (1:01.79) while Béland won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.48) and Walters won the 200 butterfly (2:13.84). Walters later won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:13.65.
The trio of Melissa Holbach (Palatine, Ill.-Palatine), Katie Carter (Euclid, Ohio-Euclid HS) and Jen Harris (Stow, Ohio-Stow-Munroe Falls) swept the top-three spots in the 1-meter diving event, with Holbach earning the victory with a six-dive total of 274.20. Carter followed in second place with a total of 213.45 while Harris, competing in her first event since the Tom Stubbs Relays in October, finished third with a score of 212.40. Holbach later won the 3-meter diving event with a six-dive total of 250.5.
Amelia Loge (Westerville, Ohio-Thomas Worthington) and Ryan added wins in the 200 breaststroke and the 100 butterfly respectively. Loge posted a narrow .11-second victory in a time of 2:30.41 in the 200 breast while Ryan swam to a victory in the 100 fly in a time of 1:01.58.
"This was a total team effort with a number of swimmers who stepped up and performed," Vereb said. "I was very happy with the performances of Melissa Holbach, Vickie Ryan and Emily Bulkowski, registering wins and season-best performances in their events."
The 200 medley relay team started off the day off with a one-two finish in the meet's first event, with the "C" team (Rachel Ripley (Greenwood, Ind.-Center Grove), Béland, Kimi Davidson (Md. Pleasant, S.C.-Wando), Brit Horvath (Dayton, Ohio-Carroll)) winning in a time of 1:55.17 while the "A" team of Powell, Leah McElrath (Wauseon, Ohio-Wauseon), Ali Allwes (Stow, Ohio-Stow-Munroe Falls) and Melissa Young (North Canton, Ohio-West
Chester University (Pa.)) finished in a time of 1:56.89.
The Zips will begin a five-meet road trip beginning with a visit to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles on January 20. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 140, Oakland 103
YPSILANTI, Mich.-- The Eastern Michigan University men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Oakland University to completed its second sweep in as many days, Saturday, Jan. 14, in Jones Natatorium. The men defeated the Golden Grizzles 139-104 while the women won 140-103.
Both squads downed IUPUI yesterday in a home meet.
For the women, Madeleine Pilchard recorded two of EMU's nine first place finishes. Pilchard won the 1000-free and the 200-backstroke events. Also claiming victories were Catherine Lee Ha (50 free), Hannah Burandt (200 free), Marie Canarecci (3-meter diving), Claire Letendre (200 butterfly), Becky Renkola (1-meter diving), Chontelle Lonsdale (200 breast) and the 400 free relay team of Pilchard, Katie Benedict, Burandt, and Lee Ha.
The win improves the women's squad to 6-1 while the Golden Grizzles fall to 5-4. The win snaps a two meet Oakland winning streak and improves the Eagles all-time record with Oakland to 13-11.