Jan. 15, 2012
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving kept up its strong 2011-12 season on Sunday, picking up a 145-96 dual-meet victory at Youngstown State. The Bobcats achieved the top time or score in 11 of the day's 13 events, cruising to another comfortable victory.
The Bobcats (5-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) got off to a strong start, taking the top two spots in the day's opening event, the 400 medley relay. The team of Annika Games (Brea, Calif.), Petra Chomicz (King's Lynn, England), Kristen Witham (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Abby Corcoran (Tucson, Ariz.) was the first to finish, touching in a brisk 4:00.18. Katie Power (Ottawa, Ontario), Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio), Deidre Geroni (Emmaus, Pa.) and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio) were not far behind, finishing second in a time of 4:02.32.
Ohio then blazed its way through the next four events, winning the 1000 freestyle (Michelle Gasior in 10:41.45), the 200 freestyle (Amanda Cecere in 1:55.18), the 50 freestyle (Brooks in 24.74) and the 200 IM (Laurin Williams in 2:12.55).
Youngstown State was then able to answer back, claiming first place in two of the next four events to temporarily slow the Bobcats' advantage. Casey Hill won the one-meter diving competition for the Penguins with a score of 260.77 and Ashley Dow took first in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in 2:07.50.
The Bobcats were able to close things out by winning the next three events outright. Gasior (Louisville, Ky.) won the 500 free in 5:16.45; Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) finished atop the three-meter diving competition with a 280.65 and Anastasia Bocharnikova (Nizhny Tagil, Russia) finished the 200 breaststroke in 2:28.55
The Bobcats will next be in action on Tuesday, Jan. 17 when Marshall comes to town. Ohio's dual meet against the Thundering Herd will begin at 5 p.m. from the Ohio University Aquatic Center.