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Ohio Swimming and Diving Host Youngstown State For Senior Day Dual

Ohio Swimming and Diving Host Youngstown State For Senior Day Dual

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio swimming and diving team will recognize its eight seniors on Saturday, Jan. 26, as they serve host to Youngstown State for the Senior Day dual. The meet is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Ohio University Aquatics Center. The eight seniors will be recognzized just prior to the start of the meet.

"We are excited to host Youngstown State on Saturday. But more importantly we will be honoring the seniors that compete in Athens for the last time," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "This class has shown leadership, determination and a passion for their team and this program over the course of their time here. I want to thank all of them for putting our program in position for a really bright future."

400-yard Medley Relay
1000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
3 Meter Diving
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
1 Meter Diving
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Ohio swimming and diving last saw action in its first dual weekend of the 2019 portion of the season where the Bobcats went 3-0 defeating Mid-American Conference foe, Toledo, 174-126, then sweeping Duquesne and Xavier in the double dual event, 137-124 over Duquesne and 169-90 over Xavier.

Event Winners Against Toledo
1650-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 17:04.63
200-yard freestyle: Katherine Garrity; 1:55.18
200-yard butterfly: Samantha Glass; 2:04.51
1-meter diving: Olivia Dillon; 285.25
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 52.57
200-yard breaststroke: Kelsey Morgan; 2:19.63
500-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 5:02.65
100-yard butterfly: Corrin Van Lanen; 55.58
3-meter diving: Taylor Miller; 250.95
200-yard IM: Samantha Glass; 2:09.76

Event Winners Against Duquesne/Xavier
1-meter diving: Olivia Dillon; 284.63
3-meter diving: Nicole Hughes; 245.70
1000-yard freestyle: Katherine Garrity; 10:28.16
200-yard butterfly: Samantha Glass; 2:06.42
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 24:06
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 52.44
200-yard breaststroke: Kelsey Morgan; 2:20.54
500-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 5:02.15
400-yard freestyle relay: Courtney Perrett, Katherine Garrity, Lexie White, and Corrin Van Lanen; 3:35.05

Senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) earned the Ohio Female Scholar-Athlete of the week award for her swim achievements this past week. Van Lanen helped the Ohio swimming & diving team go 3-0 last weekend with her strong performance in the pool. Van Lanen registered an event win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.57, then won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.58 as the Bobcats earned a 174-126 Mid-American win over host Toledo last Friday (Jan. 18). The following day, Van Lanen came out on top in both the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.06 and the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 52.44 as Ohio picked up two more wins, defeating Duquesne, 137-124, and Xavier, 169-90, in Pittsburgh. She also anchored Ohio's 400-yard freestyle relay team which earned a first-place finish with a time of 3:35.05. 

Ohio swim and dive welcome Youngstown State as they are coming off a double dual against Illinois and Saint Francis where the Penguins defeated Saint Francis, 162-89, but suffered a loss against Illinois, 180-81(Jan. 18-19). Highlighting the Penguins efforts in their double dual weekend were Tiphaine Saint-Gilles, Josie Preski, Taci Miller, Averi McCarthy, Zsani Csado, Aida Jurinovics, Rachel Shipp, Hannah Olger and Casey Prentice. Saint-Gilles captured first place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke against Saint Francis and a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke against Illinois. Against Saint Francis, in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Preski finished third while Miller finished fourth. McCarthy placed third in the 100-yard backstroke while Shipp finished close behind placing fourth. Shipp also grabbed a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. In the 200-butterfly, Csado finished second while Jurinovics finished third. Jurinovics also grabbed a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a second-place finish in the 200 IM event.  Olger placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with Prentice clocking in close behind for a fourth-place finish for the Guins. Against Illinois, Jurinovis placed first in the 400 IM and second in the 200-yard breaststroke while Csado placed first in the 200-yard butterfly in her final race at the Beeghly Natatorium. Olger captured a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Prentice captured a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, McCarthy captured a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke and Preski captured a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Bobcats last dual against Youngstown State was in the 2016-17 season where Ohio defeated the Penguins, 158-79, at Ohio University Aquatic Center on Oct. 22, 2016. The meet concluded with Ohio securing 12 first-place finishes.

Event Winners for Ohio
200-yard butterfly: Annie Gosselin; 2:04.41
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 23.50
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 51.88
200-yard freestyle: Mikayla Herich; 1:52.27
500-yard freestyle: Mikayla Herich; 4:58.01
1,000-yard freestyle: Ana Henderson; 10:26.64
100-yard backstroke: Caroline Raley; 58.15
200-yard backstroke: Laura Dawson; 2:02.63
100-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 1:05.73
200-yard breaststroke: Mackenzie Hornstra; 2:24.30
100-yard butterfly: Laura Dawson; 57.21
200-yard butterfly: Annie Gosselin; 2:04.83

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.

Ohio also welcomes two transfer junior's Chastity Haxton (Englewood, Fla.) and Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa), both coming to Ohio from Indian River State College in Florida.

After the conclusion of this meet, the Bobcats will head to Akron, Ohio on Friday, Feb. 1 to face Mid-American Conference rival, Akron. The meet start time is to be determined.