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Six in a Row: `Cats Race Past Penguins, 164-126

Ohio won its sixth straight dual meet on Friday night

Feb. 8, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Swimming and Diving Team remained unbeaten in the 2013 calendar year on Friday night, picking up its sixth straight dual-meet victory by defeating the visiting Youngstown State Penguins by a final score of 164-126.

As has been the case all season, the Bobcats (6-2, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) got off to a great start during the first relay event of the evening. The team of Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Megan Davis (Miamisburg, Ohio), Morgan Sprosty (Irvine, Calif.), and Stephanie Gyurke (Bellevue, Ohio) placed first in the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:57.60 while the foursome of Katie Power (Ottawa, Ontario), Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio), Deidre Geroni (Emmaus, Pa.), and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio) was a mere two seconds behind, touching the wall second in a time of 3:59.81.

Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.), Bianca Hauzer (Germiston, South Africa), and Addison Ferguson (Westfield, Ohio) took first place in the next three events to give the Green and White a sizable early lead, earning the top spots in the 1000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and the 200 freestyle, respectively.

Youngstown State (4-6, 2-3 Horizon League) won the next two events, earning first place in both the 100 breaststroke and the 200 butterfly to shrink its deficit.

Ohio responded immediately and emphatically, not only just winning the next three events, but dominating them by taking the top two spots in all three of them and places 1-3 in two of them. Brooks, Haley Clark (College Station, Texas), and Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.) ranked 1-3 in the 50 freestyle; Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) and Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) earned the top two spots in the three-meter diving competition, and reigning MAC Swimmer of the Week Anastasia Bocharnikova (Nizhny Tagil, Russia), Stearns, and Bagan finished 1-3 in the 100 freestyle to all but put the meet out of reach.

The Bobcats claimed first place in five of the day's final seven events, winning the 200 backstroke (Ferguson), 500 freestyle (Ariel Hodges), 100 butterfly (Hauzer), one-meter diving (Haleigh Bartlett), and the 200 freestyle relay (Funk, Caroline Meyer, Geroni, and Brooks).

Ohio will next be in action on Saturday in its final dual-meet action of the season. The Bobcats will match up with the red hot Miami RedHawks, who have won nine straight dual meets. First event from the Ohio University Aquatic Center will begin at noon.

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