Feb. 24, 2012
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving completed the second day of competition at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships on Friday and currently sits in second place with 384 team points. The `Cats narrowly trail Toledo's first-place score of 395.
Toledo took the first event of the day, winning the 200 Medley Relay in a brisk 1:40.48. The Rockets were then able to gain more ground on the Bobcats in the second event when Rachel Johnson finished first in the 400 IM. Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) was Ohio's first finisher in this event, placing sixth in a time of 4:22.39. Petra Chomicz (King's Lynn, England) was not far behind, touching eighth in 4:22.74.
Amanda Cecere (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished fifth in the next event of the day, the 100 Butterfly. The senior touched in 55.02. This strong performance was followed up by a third-place finish in the 200 Freestyle by freshman Emma Michaels (Findlay, Ohio) and a fourth-place result in the 100 Breaststroke by Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.).
Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) had one of Ohio's best finishes of the day, claiming second place in the 100 Backstroke in 54.70. Sarah Owen (Portsmouth, England) was close on her heels, finishing fourth in 55.09. Both of these times were fast enough to qualify for the NCAA B cut.
Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) had a great day from the three-meter diving board, finishing first in the semifinal round with a personal-best score of 322.50. Teammate Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wisc.) also did quite well in this event, placing second with 302.70. The three-meter diving finals will take place on Saturday evening.
Ohio closed the Friday events on a high note, placing second in the 800 Freestyle Relay. The team of Cecere, Owen, Williams and Michaels finished slightly less than two seconds behind the winning Toledo squad. Ohio's time of 7:21.08 was quick enough to also qualify for the NCAA B cut.
Saturday's preliminary events will begin at 11 a.m. with final rounds scheduled for 7 p.m. A special senior recognition ceremony will take place at 6:45.