Feb. 4, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving team concluded the Mid-American Conference regular season today with the women downing Ball State 176-124 and the men earning a 147-147 tie with the Cardinals.
The men's tie with Ball State is the first ever tie for a Greg Werner-coached men's team. Prior to last season, Werner had never coached to a tie but has three ties, two women's meets and one men's, over the course of the last two years. The women tied with Akron last year and swam even with Toledo earlier this year.
Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) led the way on the women's side, taking three events. Marion's first win came in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.45. She added a first-place time in the 100 free and 200 individual medley with marks of 53.29 and 2:08.27, respectively.
Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) continued her dominance in the backstroke events, earning wins in both over the Cardinals. Wylam took the 100 back with a time of 57.78, her best non-relay split time in her career, and the 200 in 2:05.24.
Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio) also posted two wins for the Bobcats, posting victories in both breaststroke events. Liddy won the 100 breast in 1:06.39 and touched the wall first in the 200 in a time of 2:23.94.
Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) and Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa) recorded the other two first-place times for Ohio. DeStefano took the 50 free with a season-best time of 24.51 while Petersen won the 500 free with a clocking of 5:07.08. Jessica Orlov (Bexley, Ohio) added a first-place score in the 1-meter dive with a mark of 241.05.
The Bobcat women also took both relay events, giving them first-place times in 12 of 16 events. The lineup of Wylam, Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio), DeStefano and Marion took the 200 medley relay in 1:48.28 while Carine Vieira de Souza (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel), Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, Ohio) and Petersen combined to take the 800 freestyle relay with a clocking of 7:43.76.
Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) paced the Bobcat men with two wins each. Sparks won the 500 and 1000 free with times of 4:44.45 and 9:43.45, respectively. Reutter took home first-place times in both breaststroke events, winning the 100 breast in a personal-best time of 58.95 and 200 in 2:09.97.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) and Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio) recorded the other two individual first-place marks for the men. Jupp won the 50 free in a time of 21.30 while Post took the 100 butterfly with a clocking of 52.10.
The group of Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Reutter, Post and Jupp combined to win the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1:35.93.
Ohio celebrated the careers of its eight seniors as part of Senior Day. Matthew Bey (Gahanna, Ohio), Greg Flecher (Medina, Ohio), Jupp, Brett Stetson (Barrington, Ill.), Jamie Suter (Churchville, N.Y.), Philip Zawadzki (Norristown, Pa.), Orlov and Jena Shumaker (Westerville, Ohio) all competed in their last home meet as Bobcats.
Bey posted a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly and a fourth-place time in the 100 butterfly, Flecher recorded a second-place mark in the 100 fly and a fourth-place finish in the 200 free, Jupp added a third-place time in the 100 free, Stetson posted a fourth-place time in the 1000 free and a fifth-place finish in the 500 free, Suter finished fifth in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast and Zawadzki took fourth in the 100 back.
Orlov added a second-place score in the 3-meter dive while Shumaker finished sixth in the 200 fly.
The Ohio women finish the regular season with a 4-2-1 MAC record and 8-3-1 overall while the men move to 1-2-1 in MAC action and 2-4-1 overall.
The women will be back in the pool Feb. 23-25 as part of the MAC Championships to be held in Akron, Ohio. The men will host the men's MAC Championships March 2-4 at the Ohio Aquatic Center.