Jan. 14, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving teams both fell to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State with the men losing 143-120 and the women dropping a 180-114 decision.
After dropping the first nine events of the meet to the 20th-ranked Ohio State men's team, the Bobcats exhibitioned the Buckeyes. Luke Herlehy (Batavia, Ill.) earned first place points in two events, taking the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 4:46.82 and the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:13.91.
Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio), Thomas Ferrigno (West Chester, Pa.) and Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) also earned first place points for the Ohio men. Post took the 100 butterfly in a time of 53.38, Ferrigno won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.92 and Reutter took the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.30.
The Ohio women gave the Buckeyes a solid fight before falling with Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) winning both backstroke events. Wylam won the 100 backstroke with a season-best of 58.08 and finished first in the 200 backstroke in a season-fastest 2:04.76. Wylam's 100 backstroke time is second-fastest in the Mid-American Conference while her 200 time is third-fastest.
Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio) took the other first place finish for the Bobcats, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.55. Liddy's time is the fastest by a Bobcat in the event this year.
Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa), Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.), Ashley Marion (London, Ontario), Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) and Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) posted second-place finishes for Ohio. Petersen took second in the 200 freestyle, Gallo finished second in the 1,000 freestyle, Marion took second in the 100 freestyle, Simsolo finished second in the 200 backstroke and DeStefano took second in the 100 butterfly. Gallo's and DeStefano's times were season-bests.
The men fall to 1-3 overall with the loss while the women drop to 4-2-1.
The Bobcats will be back in action next weekend when they host MAC foe Buffalo Saturday at 1 p.m.