March 5, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Luke Herlehy (Batavia, Ill.) and Matthew Bey (Gahanna, Ohio) each earned All-MAC recognition in leading the Ohio swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
The Bobcats finished with 572.5 points, trailing Miami with 888.5 points and Eastern Michigan with 881 points. Miami snapped Eastern Michigan's six-year reign on top of the MAC with the win. The 7.5-point spread is the second-closest finish in the history of the conference.
"I was very happy with how we performed," head coach Greg Werner said. "It was a highly spirited and competitive competition. It was the type of environment you would not expect with only five teams. Every individual race was highly contested and that brought out a lot of great performances."
Herlehy, who was named to the All-MAC Second Team, finished off a fine championship with a third-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Herlehy finished in a personal-best time of 15:35.37 for his third top-four finish of the tournament. He also finished third in the 500 free and fourth in the 400 individual medley.
"Luke's consistency, which was recognized by being second-team All-MAC, was great," Werner said. "He had three great events and never finished lower than fourth and that's something really special."
Bey, who made second-team All-MAC, concluded his Bobcat career with a seventh-place mark in the 200-yard butterfly. Bey finished in a time of 1:53.93 for his third top-eight finish of the weekend. He also took sixth in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 200 IM.
"Bey's three top-eight finals and making second-team All-MAC is a tremendous accomplishment for him, especially as a senior," Werner said.
D'Arrigo followed yesterday's first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with an 11th-place mark in the 200 backstroke. D'Arrigo was the only Bobcat to take first in an event.
"Any time you can be crowned a champion, especially as a freshman, is something special," Werner said.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio), Greg Flecher (Medina, Ohio) and Jamie Suter (Churchville, N.Y.) also concluded solid four-year careers as Bobcats in fashion. Jupp took fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 45.88 while Flecher finished fifth in the 200 butterfly with a personal-fastest mark of 1:52.11. Suter finished sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a personal-best mark of 2:10.61.
Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) and Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) both had solid performances today. Reutter took seventh in the 200 breast with a time of 2:11.06 while Sparks finished sixth in the 1,650 freestyle with a lifetime-best 15:46.65.
The Bobcats concluded the tournament with three top-three finishes and 21 top-eight times.