Jan. 29, 2006
Friday, January 27: Kenyon 169.5, Akron 121.5
GAMBIER, Ohio - Danielle Béland (Ottawa, Ontario-St. Peters) won three individual events and swam on one victorious relay as the University of Akron swimming and diving team (5-5-1, 1-4-1 MAC) fell 169.5-121.5 to Division III Kenyon College (5-4) Friday at the Ernst Center Natatorium.
The loss snapped a 10-meet non-conference winning streak for the Zips, their first non-conference loss in more than 15 months. Akron is now 3-2 against 20-time D-III National Champion Kenyon and fell to 1-2-1 on the road this year.
Béland continued to dominate in the butterfly events, winning both the 100 and 200 butterfly to extend her winning streak in the fly to 15-straight victories (15-0). She posted winning times of 2:04.17 in the 200 butterfly and 57.68 in the 100 butterfly. She later posted a season-best time of 4:32.84 to win the 400 IM.
Melissa Young (North Canton, Ohio-West Chester University (Pa.)) and Melissa Holbach (Palatine, Ill.-Palatine) each posted victories on the day. Young won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.00 while Holbach posted a six-dive score of 237.15 to win the 1-meter event.
Akron's only other win came in the 200 medley relay, with the team of Rachel Ripley (Greenwood, Ind.-Center Grove), Young, Béland and Ali Allwes (Stow, Ohio-Stow-Munroe Falls) posting a time of 1:48.29.
The Zips will travel to Huntington, W. Va., for a bout with the Marshall Thundering Herd on tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
Saturday, January 28: Ball State defeats Butler, 137-86
Muncie, Ind. - - The Ball State swimming & diving program collected a pair of wins over Butler Saturday afternoon at the Lewellen Aquatic Center, with the women (7-3) scoring a 137-86 victory and the men (2-4) posting a 135-82 win. Prior the contest, the Cardinals recognized its 14-member senior class.
The women's team claimed first-place in 15 of 16 events on the day. BSU did post the top time in the other event - - the 400 freestyle relay - - but chose to exhibition the event due to Butler's limited roster entering the meet.
The men's team scored first-place efforts in 13 of 16 events on the day. The men's team also chose to exhibition the 400 freestyle relay despite posting the top time in the event.
On the women's side, the Cardinals started off strong with Mary Brinkoetter, Brittany Mishler, Erin Johnson and Brittany Sayler winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.65.
Michelle Huang would follow with a first-place time of 11:09.28 in the 1,000 freestyle, while Erika Paul won the 200 freestyle (1:57.31) and Sayler claimed the top time in the 50 backstroke (27.97)
BSU would continue its dominance, winning the next 11 events. Claiming the top spot in event order were: Addison Del Rio (50 Breaststroke; 30.69), Dani Fisher (100 Butterfly; 1:01.08), Abby Arnold (50 Freestyle; 25.13), Paige Vernasco (1-Meter Diving; 252.83), Lauren Harger (100 Freestyle; 54.95), Huang (100 Backstroke; 1:02.46), Mishler (100 Breaststroke; 1:09.83), Kym Cossairt (500 Freestyle; 5:22.97), Erin Johnson (50 Butterfly; 27.24), Stephanie Paul (3-Meter Diving, 249.75) and Del Rio (100 IM; 59.69).
Fisher, Jenna Arnold, Alyssa Watkins and Amber Arnold would combine to post the fastest time in the 400 free relay at 3:43.84.
On the men's side, Ball State also started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, as Kurtis Leer, Robert Funk, Ritchie Caudill and Josh Schum turned in a time of 1:37.18.
After posting a 2-3-4 finish in the 1000 freestyle - - Mark Augustyn (10:27.59), Griff Goas (10:33.73) and Danny Tracy (10:34.59) - - Kyle Hembree would take top honors in the 200 freestyle (1:47.09) and Leer would win the 50 backstroke (24.74).
The 50 breaststroke was the most heated competition of the meet, as BSU seniors Caudill and Funk were vying for top billing in the event. With both swimmers determined to win, Caudill scored the victory by .01 seconds at 28.08 compared to 28.09 for Funk.
The BSU men's team would go on to win nine of the final 11 events. Scoring wins in event order were: Ian McIntosh (100 Butterfly; 54.72), Leer (50 Freestyle; 21.63), Zach Whitaker (1-Meter Diving; 303.15), Schum (100 Freestyle; 46.99), Leer (100 Backstroke; 53.86); Funk (100 Breaststroke; 1:01.43), Caudill (50 Butterfly; 24.08), Whitaker (3-Meter Diving; 296.40) and Caudill (100 IM; 53.67).
Dustin Fulkerson, Jim Lullo, Tommie Cuticchia and Schum combined to post the top-time in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:19.10.
Tracy was BSU's top finisher in the 500 freestyle, claiming second with a clocking of 5:02.11.
The Ball State swimming and diving program will conclude the home portion of its 2005-06 schedule Wednesday, when both the men and the women host IUPUI at the Lewellen Aquatic Center at 6 p.m.
Marshall 149, Akron 121
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The University of Akron swimming and diving team (5-6-1, 1-4-1 MAC) closed out their non-conference schedule with a 149-121 loss to former Mid-American Conference foe Marshall (6-8) Saturday at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
The loss is the second-straight non-conference loss for the Zips after Akron had won 10-straight against non-MAC opponents and 21 of their last 24 meets outside the league. Marshall's victory ties the all-time series between the Zips and the Thundering Herd at two wins a piece.
Danielle Béland (Ottawa, Ontario-St. Peters) added three more victories to her weekend total of seven wins on the weekend, winning the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 10:29.55. She also helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to a win.
Katie Carter (Euclid, Ohio-Euclid HS) posted a victory in the 1-meter diving event, posting a top six-dive score of 248.85, edging Marshall's Casey Mulholland by 3.9 points.
Megan Walters (Columbus, Ind.-Columbus North) and Brit Horvath (Dayton, Ohio-Carroll) each posted wins in freestyle events. Walters winning the 100 freestyle (54.25) and Horvath winning the 500 freestyle (5:15.50).
The Akron relays finished the day with victories in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. The team of Rachel Ripley (Greenwood, Ind.-Center Grove), Melissa Young (North Canton, Ohio-West Chester University (Pa.)), Béland and Ali Allwes (Stow, Ohio-Stow-Munroe Falls) won the 200 medley relay (1:49.36). Ripley, Young, Allwes and Béland later teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:40.06).
The Zips will wrap up their regular-season schedule on February 4 when they travel to Toledo, Ohio, to face the Toledo Rockets. That meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Ball State 167, Toledo 133
Muncie, IN - The University of Toledo swimming and diving team lost its second Mid-American Conference meet in a row on Friday evening, falling at Ball State 167-133, The Rockets fall to 5-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the MAC with the loss.
Ashley Tremblay continued her outstanding season for the Rockets in a losing cause, winning both the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 58.90 and 2:06.90, respectively.
Many other Rockets contributed with first place finishes, as well. UT swept the top two spots the 100 and 200 freestyle, as Leah Woodard continued her impressive run in the 100, winning with a time of 53.04, while her teammate Brie Henning finished second with a time of 53.26.
Henning came in first in the 200 freestyle (1:53.78) , with Amanda Breen coming in second (1:55.07). Breen, who has had three close second place finishes in the last two meets, finally broke through in the 200 breaststroke, winning with a time of 2:25.05.
Also in the winner's cirle was Makenzie Manard, winning the 200 butterfly (2:07.52) and Megan McKinley in the 1-meter dive (253.80).
Ball State swept the relay events, sealing the victory for the Cardinals (6-3, 4-2).
"We didn't step up to the challenge tonight," Head Coach Lars Jorgensen said. "We're going to have to be better the rest of the season. Ashley Tremblay was a highlight for us, but overall I'm disappointed with how we came out tonight."
The Rockets return to action in their home dual meet finale next Saturday, Feb. 4 as they host Akron at 1 P.M.
Bowling Green 181, Buffalo 119
BUFFALO, N.Y. - In their 181-119 win over the University at Buffalo, the swimming and diving program saw a preview of what might come at the MAC Championships. Freshman Alisha Yee and junior Caroline Keating each nabbed top honors in their three individual races and each helped the Orange and Brown to a relay victory.
Yee won the 100 and 200 Backstroke events and the 200 IM. She also anchored the 400 Medley Relay giving BGSU the opening win in the first event.
Keating stole the meet with her first place finishes in the 100 and 200 Freestyle events. In her third solo win, Keating won the 500 Free by more than 11 seconds marking the second time in two meets where she won a race by more than double-digit seconds. She then went on to deliver the final sinking blow to the Bulls anchoring the 200 Free Relay.
Freshman Ashley Belrose captured two first place victories on the 1- and 3-meter diving events. BGSU controlled the springboards by sweeping both events.
Seniors Kara Ohngren and Stephanie Buckner edged their competition with victories in the 1000 and 50 Free events, respectively.
In total, the Falcons earned 28 Top Three finishes against the Bulls.
The squad will return to Cooper Pool for their final dual meet before the conference championship. On February 4 they will host the RedHawks of Miami (Oh). The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a ceremony recognizing the Falcon seniors prior to the first event.
Miami 171, Ohio 125
OXFORD, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving teams fell to Miami, which holds first place in the Mid-American Conference in both the men's and women's bracket, in dual meet action today. The men dropped a 115-87 decision while the women lost 171-125.
Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) led all Bobcats with two first-place marks against the RedHawks in her finest performances of her career. Wylam won both backstroke events, setting personal- and MAC-best marks in both events. She won the 100 back in 57.87 and 200 back in 2:03.83, leapfrogging teammate Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) for the fastest MAC time in the 200.
Three other women Bobcats earned first place finishes. Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio) won the 100 breaststroke with a personal-record time of 1:06.10, shaving one minute and 40 seconds off her previous best. Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio), who took second to Vaughn in the 100 breast, finished first in the 200 breast with a personal- and MAC-best mark of 2:21.93. Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) added the other individual first place finish, taking the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.85.
Marion, Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa), Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) and Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) each added second-place times.
The Bobcats swept the relay events from Miami. The lineup of Wylam, Liddy, DeStefano and Marion took the 400 medley relay with a Bobcat season-best time of 3:52.99 in the meet's opening event. The group of DeStefano, Lindsey Connor (Venetia, Pa.), Simsolo and Petersen took the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:39.31.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) and Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the men's side with each taking home a first- and second-place finish. Jupp took the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.32 and added a second-place time of 47.57 in the 100 free. Sparks won the 1000 freestyle in 9:47.05 while taking second in the 500 free with a clocking of 4:42.95.
Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) took first in the 200 breaststroke with a personal-best time of 2:08.48, taking over two seconds off his previous best this season. The time is also good for third-best in the MAC this year. Thomas Ferrigno (West Chester, Pa.) added a second-place and personal-best time of 1:58.13 in the 200 back while Brandon Stakleff (Akron, Ohio) finished second to Reutter in the 200 breast with a personal-best mark of 2:12.86.
The women fall to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in MAC action. The men drop to 2-4 overall and 1-2 against MAC opponents.
Both teams will be back in action next weekend in the final dual meet of the year. Ohio will host Ball State Saturday at 1 p.m.