AKRON, Ohio – Ohio swimming and diving (5-3, 1-3 MAC) wrapped up the second day of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships in sixth place with 89 total points this evening (Feb. 28) at Ocasek Natatorium.
"It was a great day for our team," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "I'm proud of all of our girls and their effort today! Hannah set a school record in the 500 free and finished third in her first championship final. Our 200 IMers did their job in the morning with Sam and Emilia making the B final. Corrin swam in her fourth consecutive A final for the 50 free and swam a great anchor leg to help our relay finish 5th overall helping score some major points. Our divers stepped up, scoring two girls for the first time in two years as well."
Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) and redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) opened Day Two of the 2019 MAC Championships earning spots in the All-Time Top-10 record book with their performances while the Ohio 200-yard freestyle relay found its spot in the All-Time Top-10 record book to close Day Two.
In the 500-yard freestyle preliminary round, Schlegel earned a spot in the A finals with a time of 4:46.03 that shifted her to 2nd All-Time Top 10 in program history. She would go on to earn the bronze medal and set a new All-Time Top-10 500-yard freestyle program history record with a swim time of 4:44.35.
Other Bobcat 500-yard freestyle preliminary round finishes consisted of junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) who finished in 17th place with a time of 4:55.67, senior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.), who finished 18th with a time of 4:56.50, sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) who finished 28th with a time of 5:01.86, freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.) who finished 32nd with a time of 5:06.96 and junior Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) who finished in 41st place with a time of 5:13.38.
In the 200-yard IM preliminary round, Lahtinen earned a spot in the B finals. Lahtinen recorded a preliminary time of 2:02.98 that placed the junior 9th in All-Time Top-10 program history. Lahtinen finished 13th overall in the finals with a time of 2:03.14. Sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) also earned a spot in the B finals with a preliminary swim time of 2:03.03. Glass went on to finish 14th overall with a swim time of 2:03.45 for Ohio.
Other Bobcat 200 IM preliminary round finishes consisted of freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) who finished 20th with a time of 2:04.74, senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) who finished 24th with a time of 2:06.03, senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.) who finished 25th with a time of 2:06.07, and freshman Athena Aravantinou,(North Bethesda) who finished 28th with a time of 2:06.52.
In the 50-yard freestyle preliminary session, senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) earned a spot in the A finals, for the fourth consecutive year, with a time of 22.85. Van Lanen went on to clock in with a swim time of 22.75 for a fifth-place finish overall.
Other Bobcat 50-yard freestyle preliminary round finishes consisted of senior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.) who finished 23rd with a time of 23.73, junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa) who finished 33rd with a time of 24.02 and senior Madeline Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) who finished 44th with a time of 25.31.
The 200-yard freestyle relay event concluded day two of the MAC Championships where Ohio's team consisting of White, freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), Perrett, and Van Lanen as anchor posted a time of 1:32.67 placing fifth overall clinching the 8th spot in All-Time Top-10 program history.
In the 1-meter dive preliminary session, redshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) finished ninth with a score of 246.60, senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) finished 13th with a score of 239.95 while freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.) finished 23rd with a score of 210.70. Dillon went on to capture 12th with a score of 243.15 and Hughes went on to capture 14th with a score of 236.40.
"We are in a great position for the tomorrow to improve on our overall standing," said Norman.
MAC Championships Standings After Day Two
1. Akron: 319 points
2. Eastern Michigan: 221 points
3. Buffalo: 199 points
4. Miami: 173 points
5: Bowling Green: 125 points
6. Ohio: 121 points
7. Ball State: 87 points
8. Toledo: 61 points
Ohio will return to action tomorrow (Mar. 1) for Day Three of the 2019 MAC Championships beginning with the preliminary rounds of the 400-yard IM, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 3-meter dive event beginning at 10:30 a.m. The evening portion will also include the 400-yard medley relay with competition beginning at 6:30 p.m.