March 1, 2013
BUFFALO N.Y. - The Ohio University Swimming and Diving Team finished its second day at the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Championships in Buffalo on Friday night. Ohio claimed two titles on Friday and through 14 final events, currently sits second with 337 total team points.
Ohio claimed the 76th relay MAC championship in program history in the 200 medley relay and freshman Addison Ferguson earned Ohio's 141st individual MAC title in the 100 backstroke.
Miami remains in first place at the Championships, sitting on 436 points through two days of competition. Bowling Green trails Ohio by 10 points (327) in third place and host Buffalo is in fourth with 286 points.
The Bobcats got off to an ideal start on Friday evening, taking first place in the 200 medley relay to open the second day's finals. The team of Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio), Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), Haley Clark (College Station, Texas), and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio) earned the top spot in an impressive 1:39.87, a mark which was not only a pool record at the UB Natatorium, but it was also the fastest time ever swam by an Ohio relay team in program history. This event picked up 40 points for the Bobcats. The MAC title was the first in the careers of Ferguson, Bagan, and Clark, and was the fifth in the stellar career of Funk.
The next event of the evening saw two Bobcats earn points in the 400 individual medley. Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) earned sixth place in 4:22.65, picking up 13 points for the Bobcats. She was followed by Stephanie Gyurke (Bellevue, Ohio), who took 12th place overall (fourth in the "B" final) in a time of 4:25.32 to earn five points.
Two Bobcats also scored for Ohio in the third event of the evening, the 100 butterfly. Ferguson placed seventh in a time of 54.41 seconds (third fastest time in program history) while Clark took 12th (fourth in the "B" final) in 55.70 seconds (eighth fastest time in program history). Ferguson's time was fast enough to qualify her for the NCAA "B" cut.
The 200 freestyle was a big event for Buffalo, as the host Bulls took the top two spots in the competition. Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio) was Ohio's top finisher, placing fourth in 1:50.22. This was the seventh fastest time in program history and helped Brooks claim 15 points for the Green and White. Also scoring in this event for Ohio was Michelle Gasior (Louisville, Ky.), who took 14th place (sixth in the "B" final) by touching the wall in 1:52.53.
Bagan was the lone Bobcat to score points in the 100 breaststroke, taking fifth and the 14 accompanying points by finishing in 1:02.44. Not only was this the fastest time in program history, but it also qualified her for the NCAA "B" cut.
Ferguson continued her strong day in the 100 backstroke, picking up her second title of the evening and her career. The freshman's time of 54.02 seconds was the fastest mark in program history and qualified her for the NCAA "B" cut. Two more Bobcats scored points in this event, as Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) earned 11th (third in "B" final) with a time of 56.21 seconds while Anastasia Bocharnikova (Nizhny Tagil, Russia) took 13th (fifth in "B" final) with a time of 56.48 seconds.
In the final championship event of the evening, the quartet of Gasior, Brooks, Bianca Hauzer (Germiston, South Africa), and Clark earned fifth place in the 800 freestyle relay in a time of 7:27.13. This was the ninth fastest time in program history and earned 28 points for the Bobcats.
Ohio will next be in action on Day Three of the MAC Championships on Saturday. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. and the final rounds will commence at 7 p.m.
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