ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio swimming and diving opens the 2018-19 season by hosting their first dual meet of the season against the Miami RedHawks.
"I thought it went well, swam well, great week of preparation," said first year head coach Mason Norman "Overall I think everything went pretty and there are some things we need to improve on but it's definitely all a part of the process as we work towards February and the MAC championships." Said head coach Mason Norman.
The first event was the 400-yard medley relay where the Bobcats finished second. The team comprised of freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md), redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wi) and freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) as the anchor finished with a time of 3:54.25.
Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa) placed second in the 1000-yard freestyle for Ohio with a time of 10:16.17. Freshman Maddie Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.) captured a second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.21. Freshman Athena Aravantinou(North Bethesda, Md) finished second in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 58.61 and Lahtinen finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.45.
In the 200 yard-butterfly, sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky) finished second with a race time of 2:05.84 followed soon after by a 50-yard freestyle race win for Van Lanen with a time of 23.94. The Bobcats took a breath from swimming to hold the three-meter diving event that resulted in a second place finish by freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa) with a score of 217.12.
Heading back into the lanes, Van Lanen finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.80 just before a 200-yard backstroke race second place finish for Glass with a time 2:06.96.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, Lahtinen raced a time of 2:20.75 for her first solo race win of the day. Schlegel took a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.72.
Van Lanen then raced in the 100-yard butterfly and registered a first-place race win with a time of 55.90. Moving into the one-meter diving event. Miami lead with a score of 134 to 92.
Senior Nicole Hughes (Euclid, Ohio) secured a first place finish in the one-meter diving event with a score of 237.22 and Miller bringing in a close second with a score of 235.05. Glass would go on to win the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:26.62, her first race win of the day.
The meet concluded with a 400-yard freestyle relay. The Ohio team that consisted of Haschemeyer, Sheehan, senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) and Schlegel as the anchor, came out with the second-place finish clocking in at 3:36.43.
The final box score was Miami 171, Ohio 132.
The Bobcats will return to action Friday Oct. 19, 5:00 p. m. EST. Ohio will travel to Huntington, West Virginia to face the Marshal Thundering Herd.