Jan. 26, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Ohio Swimming and Diving picked up its third straight dual-meet victory on Saturday afternoon, winning at West Virginia by a final score of 165-135.
The Bobcats (3-2) got off to a strong start, taking first and third in the first event of the afternoon, the 400 medley relay. The team of Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio), and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio) earned the top spot, swimming a brisk 3:51.41 to beat the next team by more than a full second. Not far behind this team was a foursome consisting of Katie Power (Ottawa, Ontario), Morgan Sprosty (Irvine, Calif.), Deidre Geroni (Emmaus, Pa.), and Caroline Meyer (Holland, Mich.), which placed third in a time of 3:56.96.
West Virginia (3-4) claimed the next two events to take its first lead of the afternoon. The `Cats answered back immediately, taking the top two spots in the fourth event of the day, the 100 backstroke. Ferguson claimed the top spot in a rapid 57.90 seconds, with teammate Stearns close on her heels at 58.09. Bagan then earned first place in the 100 breaststroke, swimming a 1:05.90 to beat Jenelle Zee from WVU.
The Bobcats then won both the 50 freestyle and the one-meter diving competition to extend their lead. Funk and Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio) took the top two spots in the 50 free, swimming 23.98 seconds and 24.28 seconds, respectively. Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio), Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), and MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) then claimed the top three places in the one-meter diving competition, finishing with scores of 282.22, 272.10, and 257.32, respectively.
Victories in the 200 backstroke (Anastasia Bocharnikova) and the 200 breaststroke (Tori Bagan) furthered Ohio's lead and set the stage for a valiant Mountaineer comeback. The hosts won five of the final six events of the day to almost break Ohio's winning streak against WVU, but Bocharnikova's win in event 15--the 200 IM--kept the Mountaineers from regaining the lead as the afternoon came to a close.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, Feb. 1 when Xavier comes to town. First event between the Bobcats and Musketeers will begin at 5 p.m. in the Ohio University Aquatic Center.