Jan. 28, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving teams fell to Miami, which holds first place in the Mid-American Conference in both the men's and women's bracket, in dual meet action today. The men dropped a 115-87 decision while the women lost 171-125.
Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) led all Bobcats with two first-place marks against the RedHawks in her finest performances of her career. Wylam won both backstroke events, setting personal- and MAC-best marks in both events. She won the 100 back in 57.87 and 200 back in 2:03.83, leapfrogging teammate Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) for the fastest MAC time in the 200.
Three other women Bobcats earned first place finishes. Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio) won the 100 breaststroke with a personal-record time of 1:06.10, shaving one minute and 40 seconds off her previous best. Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio), who took second to Vaughn in the 100 breast, finished first in the 200 breast with a personal- and MAC-best mark of 2:21.93. Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) added the other individual first place finish, taking the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.85.
Marion, Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa), Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) and Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) each added second-place times.
The Bobcats swept the relay events from Miami. The lineup of Wylam, Liddy, DeStefano and Marion took the 400 medley relay with a Bobcat season-best time of 3:52.99 in the meet's opening event. The group of DeStefano, Lindsey Connor (Venetia, Pa.), Simsolo and Petersen took the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:39.31.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) and Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the men's side with each taking home a first- and second-place finish. Jupp took the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.32 and added a second-place time of 47.57 in the 100 free. Sparks won the 1000 freestyle in 9:47.05 while taking second in the 500 free with a clocking of 4:42.95.
Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) took first in the 200 breaststroke with a personal-best time of 2:08.48, taking over two seconds off his previous best this season. The time is also good for third-best in the MAC this year. Thomas Ferrigno (West Chester, Pa.) added a second-place and personal-best time of 1:58.13 in the 200 back while Brandon Stakleff (Akron, Ohio) finished second to Reutter in the 200 breast with a personal-best mark of 2:12.86.
The women fall to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in MAC action. The men drop to 2-4 overall and 1-2 against MAC opponents.
Both teams will be back in action next weekend in the final dual meet of the year. Ohio will host Ball State Saturday at 1 p.m.