AKRON, Ohio – Ohio swimming and diving (5-3, 1-3 MAC) concluded Day Three of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships this evening (Mar. 1) compiling 13 new All-Time Top-10 in program history records, two of which are new school records, and a fifth-place standing with 271 total points at Ocasek Natatorium.
"Believe in yourself and in your teammates, has been the message all year," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "Today we put ourselves in position with countless best times in prelims to have a chance to score well at night. We had 12 individual swims tonight, broke two school records and finished 3rd in a relay to finish. I don't know when the last time that has happened here but it's been a while!"
Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) set her second school record of the MAC Championships tonight in the 400-yard IM event while freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) set a new school record of her own in the 100-yard breaststroke event.
In the 400-yard IM preliminary round, Schlegel and sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) earned spots in the A finals with times of 4:16.60 and 4:18.72 respectively. With these times, Schlegel and Glass both entered the All-Time Top 10 in program history record book however both Schlegel and Glass would go on to drop time in the A final. Schlegel set a new school record with a time of 4:14.56 and earned the bronze medal while Glass beat her own personal best to remain 3rd in the All-Time Top 10 in program history record book with a time of 4:17.85 for a fifth-place finish. Sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) earned a spot in the B final with a time of 4:22.68, a time that earned her a place in the All-time Top-10 in program history record book. Garrity went on to record a swim time of 4:20.62 that resulted in a 15th place finish and moved her to 7th in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.
The 100-yard butterfly preliminary round followed as senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) and freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) earned spots in the A finals with times of 53.87 and 54.50 respectively. Sheehan entered the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with her performance. Van Lanen went on to earn the bronze medal with a time of 53.07 and Sheehan went on to earn fifth-place and take over the 6th spot in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with a time of 54.16.
Next, the 200-yard freestyle preliminary round, resulted in a B finals spot for freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.) with a time of 1:50.94. Haschemeyer went on to finish 13th with a time of 1:50.21 and moved to 9th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.
In the 100-yard breaststroke preliminary round, Morgan earned a spot in the A finals and set a new school record with a time of 1:01.01. Redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) also earned a spot in the A finals and earned the 2nd spot in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with a time of 1:01.36, a time that broke the previous school record. Senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) and senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.) both earned spots in the B finals with times of 1:03.49 and 1:03.47 respectively. Ortner and Hornstra both entered the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with their performance. Morgan went on to clinch the bronze medal with a time of 1:01.04, Lahtinen went on to clinch sixth-place and hold 2nd in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book, Ortner went on to place 12th overall and earn 6th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with a time of 1:03.34 and Hornstra went on to place 13th overall and earn 7th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.
In the 100-yard backstroke preliminary round, Sheehan and freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda) both earned spots in the B finals and in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with times of 56.07 and 56.10 respectively. Sheehan went on to finish with a time of 55.93 and claim 10th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book while Aravantinou went on to finish with a time of 55.77 and claim 9th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.
Ohio concluded Day Three of the MAC Championships with a bronze medal in the 400-yard medley relay event. Ohio's team consisting of Aravantinou, Morgan, Sheehan, and Van Lanen as anchor posted a time of 3:40.08 that clinched the 3rd spot in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.
"We cheered hard and have created so much positive energy on deck. Everyone is buying in," said Norman.
In the 3-meter dive preliminary session, redshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) finished ninth with a score of 246.50, freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.) finished 14th with a score of 235.85 and senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) finished 21st with a score of 219.60. The 3-meter Dive finals are scheduled for tomorrow (Mar. 2) evening after the 200-yard butterfly finals.
MAC Championships Standings After Day Three
1. Akron: 564 points
2. Eastern Michigan: 368 points
3. Buffalo: 339 points
4. Miami: 320 points
5: Ohio: 271 points
6. Bowling Green: 209 points
7. Toledo: 124 points
8. Ball State: 122 points
Ohio will return to action tomorrow (Mar. 2) for the final day, Day Four, of the 2019 MAC Championships beginning with the preliminary rounds of the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, and the 200-yard butterfly beginning at 10:30 a.m. The evening portion will also include the 3-meter dive finals and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and competition will begin at 6:30 p.m.