ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio swimming and diving team (5-3, 1-3 MAC) will travel to Akron, Ohio on Tuesday (Feb. 26) for the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships in hopes of earning its 12th MAC title in program history. Competition is set to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and will continue through Saturday, March 2 at Ocasek Natatorium. Doors open at 5:30 pm on Wednesday for the greetings and first relay events.
"We are excited as a team to show off everything we have been working so hard for this season," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "I am personally looking forward to watching our nine seniors compete in their last MAC Championship meet for the Bobcats. It's going to be a great week for Ohio swimming and diving."
Wednesday (Feb. 27)
200-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Thursday (Feb. 28)
1 Meter Diving
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Friday (Mar. 1)
3 Meter Diving Consolation
400-yard Medley Relay
Saturday (Mar. 2)
3 Meter Diving
400-yard Freestyle Relay
The MAC Championship meet will be available on Meet Mobile for download purchase of $5.99 and will be televised live Friday (Mar. 1) and Saturday (Mar. 2) on ESPN3. Links below:
Friday (ESPN3): http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3493504/mac-womens-swimming-and-diving-championship
Saturday (ESPN3): http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491705/2019-mac-womens-swimming-and-diving-championship
FREE viewing for the following days and times are provided below:
Thursday a.m.: https://gozips.com/watch/?Live=70&type=Live
Friday a.m.: https://gozips.com/watch/?Live=68&type=Live
Saturday a.m.: https://gozips.com/watch/?Live=69&type=Live
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio swimming and diving last saw action in Akron, Ohio where the Bobcats fell to defending MAC Champions, Akron, 201-96, in the Ocasek Natatorium. Ohio compiled two swim event wins both by sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, P.a.). Schlegel is seeded first in both the 500-yard freestyle and 1650-yard freestyle for the upcoming MAC Championships.
LAST TIME AT MACS
The Bobcats finished the 2017-18 MAC Championships in seventh place with a total of 253 points scored. Senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) was named First Team All-MAC for Ohio. Sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hilla, Ky.) entered Ohio Top 10 record book in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard IM and junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) became the third-best in program history in the 100-yard breaststroke. Lahtinen has gone on to break this record this season and become the best in program history in this event.
MASON NORMAN ERA BEGINS
Head coach Mason Norman begins his first season at the helm of the Ohio swimming and diving team. Norman, a native of Duluth, Ga., competed as a student-athlete at Wingate, accumulating 22 All-American honors, a spot on the NCAA Division II national championship 400 free relay team in 2010 and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle. Entering his coaching career, Norman was a graduate assistant before being promoted to interim assistant coach at the University of Tennessee proceeded on to a short time at Utah before he joined the Kentucky staff, where he spent his previous five years, his final year as the associate head coach.
Britni Fisher begins her stint as the new diving coach, while Carlye Ellis begins her time as the new assistant swim and coach.
Fisher, a former diver at Illinois, spent two years as a graduate assistant at Bryant prior to joining the Ohio staff. Fisher's second season at Bryant saw the women's swimming and diving program capture the NEC Championship crown for the first time in program history. She currently holds the Illinois school records for the one-meter (298.27) and three-meter (319.65) springboards and maintains the third highest platform score (162.80). Fisher is a four-time varsity letter winner, a four-time Illini Outstanding Diver of the Year and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships.
Ellis, a Texas four-time varsity letter winner, two-time NCAA Division I All-American and Big 12 champion, spent three years as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Cornell prior to joining Ohio's staff. In just three seasons, Ellis helped Cornell swimmers rewrite the school's record book setting new school records in more than 10 individual events and in three relay events. Additionally, Cornell posted 70 times that rank among the top 10 all-time fastest swims along with three relay records and 22 other times that have joined the list.
Ohio returns seniors Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.), Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.), Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.), Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio), Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.), Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.), and Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.).
This year's junior class of returners consists of reshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), Annie Gosselin (Naperville, Ill.), Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), Ireland Littlejohn (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.), and Ryleigh Tuck-Macalla (Bay Village, Ohio).
Sophomores include: Carolyn Bischoff (New Hudson, Mich.), Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.), Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), Abigail Jordan (West Chester, Ohio), Katelyn O'Brien (Williams Bay, Wis.), and Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.).
Ohio welcomes eight freshmen to the roster to begin the season. Athena Aravantinou (Bethesda, Md.), Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.), Madeline Kenyon (Dayton, Ohio), Rebekah Klem (Columbiana, Ohio), Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio), Chloe Pace (Naperville, Ill.) and Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), will all make their collegiate debut for Ohio this season.
After the conclusion of MAC CHampionships, the Bobcat divers will travel to West Lafayette, IN for the NCAA Diving Zone Championships beginning on Thursday, March 14, and will continue through Saturday, March 16.