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Bobcats Beat Bulls, Improve to 3-0

With Saturday's win, Ohio Swimming and Diving is off to a 3-0 start

Nov. 5, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Swimming and Diving improved to 3-0 with a win over Buffalo on Saturday, besting the Bulls by a final score of 163.5-131.5. The undefeated start is the best beginning to a season for Ohio (3-0, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) since the 2007-08 season, when the Bobcats began 5-0.

"The team was able to come through and win against a very good Buffalo squad," said Head Coach Greg Werner. "They found a way to perform; they found a way to compete and ultimately, they found a way to win."

The Bobcats got off to a strong start on Saturday, taking the top spot in five of the first six events. The 400 Medley Relay team of Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), Amanda Cecere (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Emma Michaels (Findlay, Ohio) earned first in the opening event of the afternoon, scoring 11 points with a time of 3:50.90. This was immediately followed by two strong performances from Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) and Kristen Witham, who earned first and second in the 1000 Freestyle.

With the Green and White holding a solid lead going into the fifth event of the day, Bagan helped further the distance between the teams by finishing the 100 Breaststroke in a very brisk 1:04.31 to pick up nine points before picking up second place in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:22.49. Bagan’s times re-wrote the record books a bit as well, with her mark in the 100 Breaststroke setting the sixth-best time in program history and her 200 Breaststroke finish setting the tenth-best time in program history.

Buffalo tried to fight its way back into the meet near the end, winning both the 100 Freestyle and the 200 Breaststroke to shorten the gap slightly before Williams and Annika Games (Brea, Calif.) took the top two spots in the 500 Freestyle.

Diving also went quite well for the Bobcats on Saturday, as Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wisc.) and Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) took the top two spots from the one-meter board and Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) continued her very strong season, scoring 301.28 to finish first in the three-meter competition. Srail’s score ranks third all-time in program history, making her only the third Bobcat diver to ever exceed 300 points in six dives from the three-meter board.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Nov. 12 when they compete in a dual meet at Ohio State.