TOLEDO, Ohio. – The Ohio swimming and diving team (2-2, 1-2 MAC) clinched its first Mid-American Conference win of the season defeating the Rockets of Toledo (3-4, 0-2 MAC), 174-126, this evening at the UT Student Recreation Center Pool.
"We competed really, really well as a group today," said first year head coach Mason Norman. "Coming out of training camp over break we put in some great work that showed today. We are able to finish races and close really well. We could have a little more pop at the beginning of races but that will come at the end of the year."
The first event was the 400-yard medley relay where the Bobcats top team finished second. The team comprised of freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.), redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), and junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa) as the anchor finished with a time of 3:54.11.
Event number two was the 1650-yard freestyle where Ohio registered a first-place finish by sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) with a time of 17:04.63, a second-place finish by junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) with a time of 17:24.33, and a fifth-place finish by junior Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) with a time of 18:31.21. Next, sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) recorded a first-place finish while senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) recorded a second-place finish for Ohio in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 1:55.18 and 1:56.16 respectively.
The 100-yard backstroke event followed where Ohio registered a third-place finish by Aravantinou with a time of 59.05. Freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) finished sixth with a time of 1:00.74 for the Bobcats. Lahtinen finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.80 followed closely behind by senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) who finished third with a time of 1:05.81 for the Bobcats.
Sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), in a comeback effort, finished first in the 200 yard-butterfly with a race time of 2:04.51. Sophomore Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) clocked in with a time of 2:09.57 for a fourth-place finish. The 50-yard freestyle event followed with Perrett finishing second and senior Lexi White (Waxhaw, N.C.) finishing third with race times of 24.60 and 24.89 respectively.
The first diving dual between Ohio and Toledo, the one-meter dive event, resulted in a first-place finish by redshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) with a score of 284.25 and a second-place finish by senior Nicole Hughes (Euclid, Ohio) with a score of 274.43. This performance from Hughes qualified her for NCAA Diving Zones.
Back into the pool, Van Lanen registered an event win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.57. White clocked in with a time of 54.12 for a fourth-place finish for Ohio. Glass captured a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time 2:05.11 while Aravantinou captured a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:07.68. Ohio went on to capture first, second, third and fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke with freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) clinching first, Hornstra capturing second, Lahtinen capturing third and senior Emily Ornter (Concord, Calif.) with times of 2:19.63, 2:20.59, 2:20.92, and 2:23.79 respectively.
The 500-yard freestyle event resulted in a first-place finish for Schlegel with a time of 5:02.65, a second-place finish for Garrity with a time of 5:02.98, and a third-place finish for Henderson with a time of 5:05.87 for Ohio. Van Lanen racked another event win in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.58 and Davis added a fifth-place finish with a race time of 1:00.21 as the meet headed to the second diving event, the three-meter dive event.
Ohio swept the podium once again with freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.) securing a first-place finish in the three-meter diving event with a score of 250.95, Dillon securing a second-place finish with a score of 233.78 and Hughes securing third with a score of 233.33.
"Our divers had a great showing today," said Mason. "Sweeping the 3m board and having Nicole Hughes get a NCAA standard was awesome."
Glass would go on to win the 200-yard IM event with a time of 2:09.76 for her second individual event win for the meet. Hornstra and Ortner grabbed second and third in the race with times of 2:10.19 and 2:10.32 for the Bobcats.
The meet concluded with a 200-yard freestyle relay. The Ohio team that consisted of Van Lanen, Perrett, Sheehan and White as the anchor, came out with the second-place finish clocking in at 1:38.38.
The final box score was Ohio-176, Toledo-124.
A quick turnaround for the Bobcats as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to compete in the Duquesne/Xavier double dual tomorrow (Jan. 19) beginning at 2 p.m. at Towers Pool.