ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio swimming and diving team earned their first defeat of the season in a 161-139 loss to Buffalo in the home opener on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Ohio University Aquatic Center. Despite the loss, the Bobcats finished with eight victories.
"I saw a lot of passion, a lot of heart in their races and so much excitement to get up and race a conference team that beat us the last time we went up against them," said head coach Rachel Komisarz-Baugh following the meet. "The meet was close, it was back and forth on the score and just got a little bit away there at the end."
Ohio kicked off the afternoon with the 200-yard medley relay where the "A" team of senior Caroline Raley (Mobile, Ala.), sophomore Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), junior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), and sophomore Emily Zimcosky(Smock, Pa.) took first with a time of 1:45.44. Ohio's "B" team of freshman Sam Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.), Annie Gosselin (Naperville, Ill.) and Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.) took fourth with a time of 1:48.88.
Next was the 1,000-yard freestyle where Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) took first with a time of 10:06.54. Anastasia Henderson (Danville, Calif.), Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) and Katie Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) took fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with times of 10:24.79, 10:37.43 and 10:44.46.
Raley took third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.20 followed by Madeline Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) in seventh with a time of 1:02.57.
Ohio took first and second in the 100-yard breastroke. Claire Mikesell (Clearfield, Pa.) touched in first with a time of 1:04.40 followed by Lahtinen who finished in 1:05.49. Ortner came in fifth with a time of 1:07.18 and Katelyn O'Brien (Williams Bay, Wis.) came in eighth with a time of 1:11.75.
The 200-yard butterfly saw Glass take first with a time of 2:03.19. Gosselin finished third with a time of 2:06.44 and Elena Patz (Waunakee, Wi.) took seventh with a time of 2:09.32
Next was the 50-yard freestyle where Van Lanen took first with a time of 23.15. White finished seventh with a time of 24.66 and Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) took eighth with a time of 24.74.
In the 100-yard freestyle was Van Lanen who took second with a time of 51.03 followed by Zimcosky who took third in 52.35. White placed seventh, touching in at 53.82, followed by Mikesell in eighth with 53.99 and Katie Lemen (Carmel, Ind.) in 10th with 55.36.
Next was the 200-yard backstroke. Glass took third, touching in at 2:03.43 followed by Gosselin in fourth with a time of 2:06.67. Raley touched in at 2:10.11 to take sixth.
The eleventh event of the day was the 200-yard breastroke. Lahtinen took second with a time of 2:20.34. Ortner took fourth in 2:25.36 followed by Hornstra in fifth with a time of 2:26.19. O'Brien touched in seventh in 2:35.34.
Next was the 500-yard freestyle where Schlegel took first in 4:57.71. Henderson touched in third with a time of 5:06.21 followed by Caruthers in fourth who touched in at 5:10.10. Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) rounded out the event, taking eighth in 5:19.51.
Van Lanen took first In the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 55.50. Patz took fifth, touching in at 58.38. Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) took eighth in 59.17 followed by Wyke in ninth in 59.96 and Raley in 10th in 1:04.06.
Glass took first in the In the 400-yard IM, finishing with a time of 4:25.94. Schlegel took third in 4:30.62 and Gosselin took fourth with a time of 4:34.12. Garrity placed seventh with a time of 4:38.78.
The final event of the meet was the 200-yard freestyle relay. Ohio's "A" team of Zimcosky, Mikesell, White and Hornstra placed third, finishing with a time of 1:36.84. The Bobcats' "B" team of Caruthers, O'Brien, Lemen and Henderson took fourth, finishing with a time of 1:40.23.
Ireland Littlejohn (Grand Rapids, Mich.) took second in the 3-meter dive, earning a score of 235.65. Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) took fourth with a score of 220.28 and Ryleigh Tuck-Macalla (Bay Village, Ohio) took fifth with a score of 208.20.
Buffalo took the top two spots in the 1-meter dive. Hughes took third with a score of 223.28 followed by Littlejohn in fourth with a score of 215.85 and Tuck-Macalla in fifth with 194.33.
Up next for Ohio is the 2017 TYR Invite. The competition kicks off Friday, Nov. 17 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19 in Evanston, Ill.