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Swimmers and Divers Finish Third at MAC Championships

Feb. 25, 2006

Complete Results

AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio women's swimming and diving team won two more events today to push its three-day total to seven in taking third at the MAC Championships, concluded today at Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

The Bobcats finished third with 510.5 points, trailing only first-place Eastern Michigan with 637.5 and Miami with 626.5. Bowling Green finished fourth with 390.5 followed by Toledo, Ball State, Akron and Buffalo. Ohio's seven total event wins was the most of any school. Eastern Michigan and Miami each took home wins in five events.

"We stood on top of the awards podium and we are pretty excited about that," head coach Greg Werner said.

Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) followed up yesterday's record-setting effort in the 100 backstroke with a victory in the 200-yard backstroke. Wylam won the 200 with a pool- and personal-record time of 2:00.98. Wylam's win marks the second time in the last three years a Bobcat has won the 200 back.

Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) posted Ohio's eighth win with her victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Gallo, who won by over three seconds and shaved over 24 seconds off her previous best, finished with a time of 17:01.46.

Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) finished second to Wylam in the 200 back with a personal-best mark of 2:02.82. Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, Ohio) added a third-place effort in the 200-yard breaststroke with a personal-best time of 2:21.05 with Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio) taking sixth in the same event.

Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) concluded a solid weekend with a fourth-place time in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing with a personal-best time of 51.66.

The Bobcats placed a conference-best five swimmers on the All-MAC First Team. Hahn-Lawson and Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa) were named for the second straight year while Wylam, Marion and Gallo were honored for the first time. Wylam was selected to the second-team All-MAC last year. Simsolo was named to the second team. No other school had more than three swimmers on the first team.

"It certainly means quite a bit (to be honored with five first-team All-MAC selections)," Werner said. "To be first-team All-MAC, you either have to win an event or be very consistent over two or three events. We are definitely very happy about that."

The Ohio men's swimming and diving squad will compete in the MAC Championships next weekend, to be held at the Ohio Aquatic Center. The tourney is slated to begin Thursday at 9 a.m.