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Eagles Beat Bobcats in Season Opener, 168-132

Ohio turned in strong relay and diving performances during the 2012-13 season opener aagainst Eastern Michigan

Oct. 27, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving kicked off the 2012-13 season at home on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Eastern Michigan Eagles by a final score of 168-132. Ohio held the lead through the first ten events of the day but EMU won the final six to earn a comeback victory.

The Bobcats got things started in the right way on Saturday, taking two of the top three spots--and the 13 corresponding points--in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Anastasia Bocharnikova (Nizhny Tagil, Russia), Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio) and Lauren Funk took the top spot in this event, swimming 1:46.46 to touch first.

Eastern Michigan came back in a big way in the second and third events of the day, taking the top three spots in the 1000 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle to collect 32 points. Briana Emig touched first in each of these events, finishing in 10:22.15 and 1:51.04, respectively.

Ohio bounced right back, taking the top two spots in the 100 Backstroke and the No. 1 position in the 100 Breastroke. Stearns (57.14) and Ferguson (57.72) placed first and second in the 100 Backstroke before Bocharnikova swam a brisk 1:06.45 in the 100 Breaststroke.

The seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth events of the day belonged to the Bobcats. Funk and Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio) took the top spots in the 50 Freestyle; Morgan Srail scored an impressive 308.25 to win the Three-Meter Diving competition; Brooks and Funk earned first and second in the 100 Freestyle and Stearns touched the wall first in the 200 Backstroke.

Though not a career best score for the sohpomore, Srail's mark stacks up well in Ohio Swimming and Diving history. Her score of 308.25 ranks fourth all-time.

From this point on, Eastern Michigan won the final six events to claim the meet.

Ohio will next be in action on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Bobcats will be hosting No. 14 Ohio State in their second dual meet of the 2012-13 season. First event is scheduled for 1 p.m. from the Ohio University Aquatic Center.