AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio swimming and diving team wrapped up a weekend dual against reigning Mid-American Conference Champions, Akron, on Saturday (Jan. 20) where the Bobcats fell to the Zips 193-106. The Bobcats recorded four first-place finishes throughout the meet.
"This was a tough meet for our ladies after not competing since November, but I thought they did a great job," said head coach, Rachel Komisarz-Baugh. "We had some close races that just didn't go our way. The result isn't what we were looking for but we will learn from this and move on to be better next week and for MACs."
The Bobcat divers kicked off the diving events in the 1-meter dive where junior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) placed fourth with a score of 215.02 just ahead of sophomore Ryleigh Tuck-Macalla (Bay Village, Ohio) in fifth with a score of 200.92.
In the final diving event of the afternoon, the three-meter dive, Hughes and Tuck-Macalla placed third and fourth with scores of 244.13 and 202.88.
In the first swimming event of the afternoon, Ohio's 200-yard medley relay 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.) secured second place with a time of 1:45.02.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, Ohio secured another second-place finish from freshman Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) posting a time of 10:14.79.
In the 200-yard free, Zimcosky finished first for the 'Cats taking second and clocking in at 1:51.39.
Raley recorded a time of 59.52 in the 100-yard backstroke to place third.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Lahtinen stole second place with a time of 1:05.17.
In the 200-yard butterfly, freshman Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) placed third with a time of 2:06.72.
Next, were the 50-yard and the 100-yard freestyle where Van Lanen recorded the Bobcats' first two wins with times of 23.18 and 51.65.
Sophomore Annie Gosselin (Naperville, Ill.) recorded a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke after posting a time of 2:06.67.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, Lahtinen was the first Bobcat to touch the wall taking third place with a time of 2:21.39.
Zimcosky added another win in the 500-yard freestyle after recording a time of 5:02.09.
Van Lanen placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a final time of 55.01.
In the 200-yard IM, Gosselin placed fourth with a time of 2:10.15.
The final event of the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay where the Bobcat team of Mikesell, Henderson, White, and Hornstra placed second with a time of 3:36.61.
The Bobcats will compete again next weekend where they host back-to-back duals against Marshall (Jan. 26) and Bowling Green (Jan. 27). Friday's meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. while Saturday's meet will begin at 2 p.m. and will serve as Bobcat Senior Day.