PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Ohio swimming and diving team (4-2, 1-2 MAC) secured another two wins for the season, defeating Duquesne 137-124 and Xavier 169-90 Saturday afternoon (Jan. 19) at Towers Pool.
"I'm so proud of the way that our girls handled the weekend," said first year head coach Mason Norman. "We were able to build today on great performances yesterday. We faced two very good teams today and our girls raced hard and are working together as a team. Lexie White, Kendra Sheehan and Athena really stepped up today. Everyone contributed points yesterday and today for three team wins."
The meet started with the one-meter and three-meter diving events where the Ohio divers, redshirt junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) and freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.), clenched the top three scores in both events.
In the one-meter, Dillon scored 284.63 points for a first-place finish, Hughes scored 259.65 points for a second-place finish and Miller scored 257.93 points for a third-place finish.
In the three-meter, Hughes scored 245.70 points for a first-place finish, Miller scored 245.63 points for a second-place finish and Dillon scored 244.80 points for a third-place finish.
"Our divers stepped up again and provided us with a great start this morning," said Norman.
The swim portion of the meet began with the 200-yard medley relay where the Bobcats top team registered a third-place finish with a time of 1:48.79. The team comprised of freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.), redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), and senior Lexi White (Waxhaw, N.C.) as the anchor.
The second event of the swim portion was the 1000-yard freestyle where Ohio registered first and second place finishes by sophomores Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) and Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.). Garrity, with a time of 10:28.16, clenched first-place while Henderson clenched second-place with a time of 10:30.79. The 200-yard freestyle event followed where sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) placed fifth with a time of 1:56.81 and junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) placed sixth with a time of 1:57.32. Senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) placed eighth with a time of 1:59.54 while junior Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) placed tenth with a time of 2:07.14 for Ohio.
Next, in the 100-yard backstroke event, Aravantinou registered a second-place finish with a time of 58.52. Freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) finished fifth with a time of 1:00.47, freshman Madeline Kenyon (Dayton, Ohio) finished ninth with a time of 1:02.50 and sophomore Katelyn O'Brien (Williams Bay, Wis.) finished 12th with a time of 1:04.56 for the Bobcats.
Lahtinen finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.84 followed closely behind by junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa) who finished third with a time of 1:06.79 and freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) who finished fourth with a time of 1:07.37.
Ohio went on to win the next three events beginning with sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) who clenched her second 200-yard butterfly victory of the weekend with a race time of 2:06.42 Senior Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) clenched third for the Bobcats with a time of 2:09.69.
Van Lanen registered the next two race wins for Ohio coming out on top in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 24.06 and the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 52.44. In the 50-yard freestyle, White registered a sixth-place finish with a time of 25.09 while senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) registered a 10th finish with a time of 25.35. In the 100-yard freestyle, Perrett clenched fourth with a time of 54.08, White clenched fifth with a time of 54.49 and sophomore Carolyn Bischoff (New Hudson, Mich.) clenched 11th with a time of 58.71.
Aravantinou captured a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time 2:06.89 while Glass captured a third-place finish and Kenyon captured an eighth-place finish with times of 2:07.76 and 213.45 respectively. In the 200-yard breaststroke event, Morgan captured a first-place finish with a time of 2:20.54. Hornstra clenched third, freshman Rebekah Klem (Columbiana, Ohio) clenched sixth, and O'Brien clenched ninth with times of 2:24.34, 2:27.66, and 2:33.30 respectively.
The 500-yard freestyle event resulted in a first-place finish for Schlegel with a time of 5:02.15, a time that was seven seconds faster than all other swimmers in the pool. Henderson registered a third-place finish with a time of 5:02.98 while Caruthers finished fourth with a time of 5:12.02 and Redden finished 11th with a time of 5:32.48 for the Bobcats.
Sheehan registered a second-place finish for Ohio in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.89 while Glass added a fourth-place finish, Davis added a ninth-place finish and Wyke added a 10th place finish with race times of 59.51, 1:00.84 and 1:00.86 respectively.
The 200-yard IM event followed resulting in a second-place finish for Lahtinen with a time of 2:09.41, a fifth-place finish for senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.) with a time of 2:10.89, an 11th place finish for Klem with a time of 2:20.35 and a 12th place finish for O'Brien with a time of 2:20.55.
The meet concluded with a race win for the Bobcats in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:35.05. The victorious Ohio relay team consisted of Perrett, Garrity, White and Van Lanen as the anchor
The final box score was Ohio - 169, Xavier- 90 and Ohio – 137, Duquesne – 124.
Ohio will return home to face Youngstown State next Saturday, Jan. 26 in its senior day dual. The meet will begin at 11:30 a.m. and graduating seniors, Emily Davis, Ana Henderson, Mackenzie Hornstra, Nicole Hughes, Emily Ortner, Corrin Van Lanen, Lexie White, and Maddie Wyke will be recognized.