Ohio vs Marshall (W)
- Friday, January 7, 2022
- Athens, Ohio
Courtesy: Ohio Athletics
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio swimming and diving team returned to the pool for the first time in 2022 Friday afternoon (Jan. 7), defeating Marshall in dominating fashion, 217-83, inside the Ohio University Aquatics Center.
The Bobcats earned 15 first-place finishes.
“Great team win today with different people stepping up all over the place,” head coach Mason Norman said. “This really was the stamp to the best winter training camp that we have ever had. We are going to enjoy this win and continue to build upon the excitement around our program right now.”
The Bobcats opened the meet up strong, taking the top two spots in the 200-yard medley relay, with the Bobcats’ ‘A’ squad finishing in 1:44.16 and the ‘B’ squad touching in at 1:45.54.
After the opening relay, Ohio took two of the top-three spots in the 1,000-yard free, with sophomore Olivia Morlok (Columbus, Ind.) placing first (10:30.13) and fellow sophomore Morgan Croaning (Carmel, Ind.) finishing in third with a time of 10:35.74.
Junior Emma Fortman (Madeira, Ohio) took first in the 200-yard free with a time of 1:53.33, while senior Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.) finished second with a finishing time of 1:53.97. The Bobcats once again took the top-two spots in the 100-yard back, with sophomore Gabrielle Brust (Granville, Ohio) finishing first (56.67) and sophomore Riley Bunstine (Alexandria, Ohio) finishing in second at 57.45.
Freshman Julia Strine (Shippensburg, Pa.) finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing the rave in 1:04.91. Fellow freshman Edie Sawyer (Cranberry Township, Pa.) finished third in 1:05.81. In the 200 fly, the Bobcats took the top three spots, with junior Madeline Marks (Bentonville, Ark.) finishing first (2:03.54), freshman Gabrielle McKee (Gilbertsville, Pa.) placing second (2:07.22) and sophomore Peyton Farrell (Beavercreek, Ohio) finishing in third place (2:07.53).
Junior McKenzie Grau (Mason, Ohio) took the top spot in the 50-free, finishing in 23.43, while sophomore Caroline Dunigan (Lansdale, Pa.) finished third in 24.05. Grau and Dunigan repeated their finishes in the 100-yard free, with Grau finishing first in 51.15 and Dunigan finishing third in 52.77.
Bunstine (2:03.08) and Aravantinou (2:04.89) took first and second, respectively in the 200-yard back, while Strine (2:24.96) and Sawyer (2:24.97) finished in second and third place in 200-yard breaststroke.
McKee earned a first-place finish in the 500 free, touching in at 5:07.50, while Marks placed third in 5:09.07. Meanwhile, Brust once again picked up a victory in the 100-fly, finishing in 56 seconds flat. Junior Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) finished third in 58.05. Brust picked up her third victory of the day in the 200-yard IM, finishing in 2:07.57. Brunstine placed second, touching in at 2:09.14.
The Bobcats wrapped up the meet with the 400-yard freestyle relay, with the Bobcats’ ‘A’ team taking first with a time of 3:30.57.
In diving action, junior Halli Siwik (Fishers, Ind.) took first in the 1-meter event, earning a score of 277.43.). Siwik also took first in the 3-meter event, finishing with a score of 280.50.
The Bobcats are back in action next weekend when the swimmers head to Akron, Ohio to take on the Zips on Jan. 14, while the divers head to Buffalo to compete in a diving event hosted by the Bulls, Jan. 13-15.
Courtesy: Marshall Athletics
ATHENS, Ohio – The Marshall University swimming and diving team dropped a dual meet on the road to the Ohio Bobcats, 217-83, on Friday. Paige Banton won the 200 Breaststroke.
“I thought as a group we had some opportunities we let slip through the cracks, but we made some adjustments after the first break that the staff was really happy with,” Marshall swimming and diving head coach Ian Walsh said. “Individually, we created better opportunities for ourselves as each event went by.”
“Klava (Katayama), Paige (Banton), and Eszter (Laban) had some strong in-season performances this afternoon. Eszter raced really tough and walked away with a season best in her 500 Freestyle following the 1000 Freestyle and 200 Butterfly. Paige made some nice adjustments going into her 200 Breaststroke, which was nice to see her execute. Klava notched a season best in her 50 Freestyle and her consistency in training really showed.”
Katayama took second place in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. Laban gave the Herd a pair of second place finishes in the 500 and 1000 Freestyle.
“Our divers were down a person today, but really stepped up on both boards walking away with some season bests in the process. Megan (Siford) has them in a great position as we head into the spring semester.”
Grace Kelsheimer earned third in the three-meter dive with a score of 237.90 (three points) as Kailee Payne finished with a score of 245.03 for a second-place (four points) finish in the one-meter dive
“We are hoping to get another opportunity to compete since we had to postpone our meet Saturday against James Madison. We’ll be sharper as we get back into the training rhythm following the break.”
200 Medley Relay
3rd Raeleigh Mooij, Paige Banton, Madeline Hart, Gabrielle Ivey (1:47.00)
4th Or Tamir, Naomee Miller, Leigh Lopez-Silvers, Regan Raines (1:48.11)
5th Kate Bolgarskaya, Audrey West, Nicole Rueff, Alexis Wilhoit (1:51.22)
400 Freestyle Relay
2nd Klava Katayama, Madeline Hart, Regan Raines, Gabrielle Ivey (3:36.07)
4th Leigh Lopez-Silvers, Claire Kenney, Or Tamir, Sofia Bormett (3:40.05)
5th Alexis Wilhoit, Raeleigh Mooij, Grace Cox, Macey Swearingen (3:42.36)
The Herd will be back in the pool when it travels to Duquesne on Jan. 15.