Jan. 21, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving team made a successful return to Mid-American Conference action with a sweep of Buffalo. The men won 125-74 while the women defeated the Bulls 133-101.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) controlled the sprint events, winning both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Jupp took the 50 free with a time of 21.61 and the 100 free with a clocking of 47.56.
Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) turned in two strong efforts with a first-place tally in the 500-yard freestyle and a second-place mark in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Sparks won the 500 free in a time of 4:46.20 and posted a personal-best time of 9:42.85 in taking second in the 1,000 free.
Luke Herlehy (Batavia, Ill.), Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) and Jim Bayne (San Antonio, Texas) also recorded first-place times for the Bobcat men. Herlehy won the 200-yard butterfly in his first attempt in the event this year, clocking a time of 1:58.11. Reutter continued to perform strongly in the breaststroke events, winning the 200 with a personal-best time of 2:10.80. Bayne took the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:45.66.
The lineup of Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Reutter, Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio) and Jupp won the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:34.17.
The Ohio women won nine of the 13 events en route to the victory. The Bobcats used a balanced attack led by the diving of Jessica Orlov (Bexley, Ohio). Orlov won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events, scoring a 234.00 in the 1-meter and a personal-best 260.70 in the 3-meter.
Six swimmers combined to take the six other individual first-place performances. Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) landed the opening first-place finish following a personal-best mark of 17:25.90 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) swam a personal-best time of 4:39.47 to take the 400-yard individual medley.
Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) won the 50-yard freestyle with a clocking of 24.60 with Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) taking the other sprint event with a time of 54.75 in the 100-yard freestyle. Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa) won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:08.29 while Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) took the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:05.11.
The lineup of Wylam, Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio), DeStefano and Petersen won the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:50.13.
The Bobcat men improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MAC with the win while the women move to 6-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in MAC action.
Ohio will be back in the pool Tuesday when it hosts former MAC foe Marshall. The dual meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.