Feb. 28, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio University Swimming and Diving Team finished the first day of competition at the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Championships on Thursday evening in Buffalo. Through one day of events, the Bobcats are in second place with 172 total team points.
Miami holds the top spot with 191 points following the end of the first day. Eastern Michigan is in third and trails Ohio by 17 points (155) while host Buffalo sits fourth with 147.
Ohio did not win any individual or relay titles on Thursday evening, but the Bobcats did claim two second-place finishes and two third-place results.
The Green and White began the first evening of finals on a high note, as the team of Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio), Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio), Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio), and Haley Clark (College Station, Texas) placed second in the 200 freestyle relay in a brisk time of 1:31.58, finishing just 1.21 seconds behind the winning relay squad from Buffalo. This was the fourth-fastest time ever swam by a Bobcat relay team in program history and it collected 34 points for Ohio.
The second event of the day was also a strong one for Ohio, as Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) earned second place--and 17 accompanying points--in the 500 freestyle. Williams swam a time of 4:47.31, a mark which is not quite a career best for the junior, but marks the third-fastest time by a Bobcat in program history. Bianca Hauzer (Germiston, South Africa) also swam well in this event, picking up 12 points for the Bobcats by finishing seventh in 4:54.26.
The third final event of the day--the 200 individual medley--was the only event in which the Bobcats did not score any points on Thursday.
Two Bobcats placed in the top five of the 50 freestyle on Thursday, as Funk and Brooks took third and fifth, respectively. Funk swam a time 22.75 seconds (fourth all-time in Ohio history) while Brooks finished in 23.12 seconds (fifth all-time in Ohio history). Clark also scored in this event, finishing 14th (three points) in a time of 23.61 seconds. Together, these three Bobcats earned 33 points for Ohio's cause.
Ohio had four divers score points from the one-meter board on Thursday, two of which placed in the top four. Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) finished third with a score of 299.90; Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) took fourth with a score of 299.40; MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) placed ninth with a score of 268.95, and Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) earned 11th with a score of 265.70.
The Bobcats picked up 30 additional important relay points to close things out on Thursday evening, as the team of Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), Ferguson, and Funk placed fourth in the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:42.81. This was the third-fastest time ever achieved in Ohio history.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday morning at the MAC Championships. Preliminary rounds will begin at 11 a.m. with the 400 individual medley.
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