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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Senior Rachel Stearns set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, won the 400-yard individual medley and placed second on the 100-yard backstroke as the Ohio University swimming & diving team defeated Denison University.
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Senior Rachel Stearns set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, won the 400-yard individual medley and placed second on the 100-yard backstroke as the Ohio University swimming & diving team defeated Denison University.
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Jan. 11, 2014

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GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Ohio University swimming & diving team (4-1, 2-0 MAC) won nine events, posted four top-three sweeps and recorded several new pool records en route to recording a 157-143 victory over Denison University on Saturday (Jan. 11) at the Trumbulle Aquatic Center.

The victory marked the fourth win in five dual meets in 2013-14 for the Bobcats.

"It's exciting to come away with the first victory of the new year," said interim swimming & diving coach Derick Roe. "I thought we performed quite well, and I'm really excited to see what we can put together coming down the line once we get a lot of chances to compete here in the second semester."

The Bobcats recorded a sweep of the top-three spots in the 200-yard backstroke. Senior Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) won it in 2:03.53, setting a pool record. Sophomore Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio) took second with a time of 2:04.49, and freshman Myriah Ariza-Balter (Evergreen, Colo.) clocked a 2:08.27 to place third.

Stearns also prevailed in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:32.14 and finished second behind Ferguson in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.83. Ferguson set a pool record by clocking a 56.24.

Senior Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) set a pool record in the 1650-yard freestyle, recording a time of 17:12.25.

Ohio swept the top three spots in the 100-yard butterfly as well, with sophomore Haley Clark (College Station, Texas) winning it in 57.56. Freshman Carrie Dukes (Monkton, Md.) finished in 58.19 to take second, and Ferguson took third in 58.20.

Junior Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.) posted a 1:06.58 to win the 100-yard breaststroke.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Ferguson, Bagan, sophomore Casey Papp (Bloomington, Ind.) and Clark won the event and set a pool record in doing so, clocking a 1:44.96.

Ohio's divers dominated the field once again, sweeping the top-four spots in both the one-meter and the three-meter.

"The divers performed very well today," said 10th-year diving coach Russ Dekker. "It's tough coming off holiday training, and I know they are a little beat up and very tired. We returned Thursday night, had two workouts Friday and traveled for a meet today. All in all, I believe we are on the right path for a great remainder of the year."

Junior Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) broke her own pool record in the one-meter dive, tallying a season-best 310.05. Senior Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) took second with a 280.73, and junior Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) and redshirt senior MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) placed third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 270.53 and 269.25.

Srail took down Bartlett's pool record in the three-meter dive with a season-best 328.50. Bartlett finished right behind her with a 294.75. Capcik finished third with a 287.10, and Hillstrom placed fourth with a 244.88.

Ohio returns to conference action on Jan. 25 when it visits the University of Akron. The dual meet is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. ET.

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