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Aquatic Bobcats Thunder Past Herd, 154-78

With the conference championships a month away, Ohio continues to produce strong results

Jan. 17, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving picked up its third straight dual-meet victory on Tuesday, defeating the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 154-78. Tuesday's victory makes the Bobcats winners in 13 of their last 14 dual meets.

The Bobcats got off to a very strong start, winning the first five events to leap out to a significant lead. The 200 medley relay team of Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), Molly Slattery (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio) earned the top spot in the first event of the day, touching in a brisk 1:45.13. Lauren Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) then earned first-place honors in the 1650 freestyle, finishing in 16:54.28, a mark that ranks ninth fastest in Ohio program history.

Events three, four and five were where the Bobcats really excelled. Ohio took the top three spots in the 200 freestyle and the 50 freestyle before dominating the 200 IM and earning the top four spots. Abby Corcoran claimed first in the 200 free (1:54.75); Annie Donovan won the 50 free (23.68) and Anastasia Bocharnikova earned top honors in the 200 IM (2:08.82).

Ohio's divers had a successful day as well, taking the top four spots in the three-meter diving competition. Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) finished first with a 297.38; Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wisc.) took second with a 281.41 and Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) placed third with a score of 261.75.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Jan. 27 when they host West Virginia in a dual meet at the Ohio University Aquatic Center. First event is scheduled for 5 p.m.