Saturday, February 3: Toledo 195, Akron 101
Toledo, OH - The University of Toledo swimming and diving team closed out its regular season with 195-101 home victory over Akron on Saturday afternoon at the UT Recreation Center. Toledo was led once again by the efforts of sophomores Ashley Tremblay and Leah Woodard.
In the free relay, the Rockets (6-4-1, 3-3-1) set a pool record and had the best time in the Mid-American Conference this season.
Woodard and Tremblay, as has been the custom all season for UT, picked up victories for Toledo.
Sophomores Megan McKinley and Jill Reighard had solid days on the diving boards, as well. Freshmen Shannon Hazelton, Amanda Breen, Kylie Gamelier and Beth McDaries, who all came on late in the season, were the difference in the meet according to Head Coach Lars Jorgensen.
"I'm happy with the way we swam today, we ended the season on a strong note," Jorgensen said. "Our freshmen were the biggest reason we won today, along with Ashley Tremblay and Leah Woodard. Our relays swam really well also."
The Rockets will head to Akron for the MAC Championships in three weeks (Feb.23-25).
Ohio 176, Ball State 124
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving team concluded the Mid-American Conference regular season today with the women downing Ball State 176-124 and the men earning a 147-147 tie with the Cardinals.
The men's tie with Ball State is the first ever tie for a Greg Werner-coached men's team. Prior to last season, Werner had never coached to a tie but has three ties, two women's meets and one men's, over the course of the last two years. The women tied with Akron last year and swam even with Toledo earlier this year.
Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) led the way on the women's side, taking three events. Marion's first win came in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.45. She added a first-place time in the 100 free and 200 individual medley with marks of 53.29 and 2:08.27, respectively.
Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) continued her dominance in the backstroke events, earning wins in both over the Cardinals. Wylam took the 100 back with a time of 57.78, her best non-relay split time in her career, and the 200 in 2:05.24.
Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio) also posted two wins for the Bobcats, posting victories in both breaststroke events. Liddy won the 100 breast in 1:06.39 and touched the wall first in the 200 in a time of 2:23.94.
Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) and Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa) recorded the other two first-place times for Ohio. DeStefano took the 50 free with a season-best time of 24.51 while Petersen won the 500 free with a clocking of 5:07.08. Jessica Orlov (Bexley, Ohio) added a first-place score in the 1-meter dive with a mark of 241.05.
The Bobcat women also took both relay events, giving them first-place times in 12 of 16 events. The lineup of Wylam, Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio), DeStefano and Marion took the 200 medley relay in 1:48.28 while Carine Vieira de Souza (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel), Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, Ohio) and Petersen combined to take the 800 freestyle relay with a clocking of 7:43.76.
Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) paced the Bobcat men with two wins each. Sparks won the 500 and 1000 free with times of 4:44.45 and 9:43.45, respectively. Reutter took home first-place times in both breaststroke events, winning the 100 breast in a personal-best time of 58.95 and 200 in 2:09.97.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) and Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio) recorded the other two individual first-place marks for the men. Jupp won the 50 free in a time of 21.30 while Post took the 100 butterfly with a clocking of 52.10.
The group of Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Reutter, Post and Jupp combined to win the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1:35.93.
Ohio celebrated the careers of its eight seniors as part of Senior Day. Matthew Bey (Gahanna, Ohio), Greg Flecher (Medina, Ohio), Jupp, Brett Stetson (Barrington, Ill.), Jamie Suter (Churchville, N.Y.), Philip Zawadzki (Norristown, Pa.), Orlov and Jena Shumaker (Westerville, Ohio) all competed in their last home meet as Bobcats.
Bey posted a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly and a fourth-place time in the 100 butterfly, Flecher recorded a second-place mark in the 100 fly and a fourth-place finish in the 200 free, Jupp added a third-place time in the 100 free, Stetson posted a fourth-place time in the 1000 free and a fifth-place finish in the 500 free, Suter finished fifth in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast and Zawadzki took fourth in the 100 back.
Orlov added a second-place score in the 3-meter dive while Shumaker finished sixth in the 200 fly.
The Ohio women finish the regular season with a 4-2-1 MAC record and 8-3-1 overall while the men move to 1-2-1 in MAC action and 2-4-1 overall.
The women will be back in the pool Feb. 23-25 as part of the MAC Championships to be held in Akron, Ohio. The men will host the men's MAC Championships March 2-4 at the Ohio Aquatic Center.
Miami 185, Bowling Green 115
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Three Falcons brought home top honors in the 185-115 loss to Miami University. The meet with the RedHawks captured the end of the regular season for the swimming and diving squad at Cooper Pool.
Senior Dan Schultz was the first to touch the wall in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:07.18 and narrowly edged out MU's Kathryn Stephens' 2:07.55. Schultz also took home a second place finish behind fellow Falcon Michael Carriaga in the 100 Fly.
Junior Caroline Keating's 5:03.69 in the 500 Free earned the Orange and Brown their third first place finish. Keating finished the day with a second in the 1000 Free also.
BGSU can now set their focus on the Mid-American Conference championships, which will be held in Akron, Ohio February 23-25.
Eastern Michigan 125, Buffalo 103
YPSILANTI, Mich.--The Eastern Michigan University men's and women's swimming and diving teams ended the regular season in style with a sweep over the University at Buffalo Saturday, Feb. 4, in Jones Natatorium. The men won 123-71 while the women were victorious 125-103.
For the men, the Mid-American Conference win increases the team's total to 43 straight league dual meet victories, dating back to the 1998-99 season. The Eagles conclude the season with a 7-2 mark and a 4-0 conference record. The 2005-06 season marks the eighth consecutive year that EMU has posted an undefeated league record. With the loss, the Bulls fall to 2-5 and 0-4 in conference action.
After a 139-93 setback last night (Feb. 3) to the No. 18 Ohio State, the men's team showed their enormous amount of depth and skill by posting the top three finishers in four of the first five events and finishing first and second in the other.
The Eagles had seven different individual winners. Dan Wohl (1000 freestyle), Jason Piercey (200 freestyle), Andy Gantzer (50 freestyle), Kevin Joyce (200 IM), Ryan Fulkerson (200 butterfly), Derrick Roe (100 freestyle), Mark Kurtzer (200 backstroke) and the 400-yard medley relay team of Andrzej Olesinski, Don Ellison, Preston Revere and Piercey combined to win eight of the meets first nine events to give EMU an insurmountable lead.
For the women, EMU won the first eight events to help tame the Bulls and finished one-two in seven of those races. With the win, the Eagles finish the year 9-1 and 6-1 in MAC action. The 9-1 mark is the second best overall record in school history to the 2000-01 season when they finished 10-1.
Claire Letendre and Catherine Lee Ha each were double event winners. Letendre claimed the 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly, while Lee Ha won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. Alissa Ricard (200 freestyle), Madeleine Pilchard (200 IM) and Jamielea Strating (3-meter diving) each won individual events.
Both team's will be in action again to compete in the MAC Championships. The men's championship will take place at Ohio University, March, 2-4, while the women's championship is at Akron University February 23-25.