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Swimming & Diving Bests Rival Marshall

Ohio swimming & diving posted its highest point total of the year to beat Marshall, 197-81.

Nov. 8, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University swimming & diving team (3-0, 2-0 MAC) won 15 of 16 events and posted its highest point total of the 2013-14 season to date, besting rival Marshall University (1-2), 197-81, Friday in an NCAA non-conference meet at the Ohio Aquatic Center.

The Bobcats claimed at least the top two spots in eight of their 15 event victories.

"I thought it was a great meet," said interim head coach Derick Roe. "We were definitely coming off of our toughest week of training of the year, and to see some of the performances that we saw was really exciting. I was glad to see them step up and put some really good times."

Ohio opened the meet by posting a season-best time of 1:46.47 in the 200-yard medley relay, as senior Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), junior Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), sophomore Casey Papp (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman Josephine Barker (Richmond, N. Yorkshire) joined forces to propel the Bobcats to victory.

Stearns recorded wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.41 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:05.02. She also won the 200-yard individual medley by clocking a 2:09.32.

Bagan tallied her first victory of the season in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:05.65. She also posted a season-best time of 2:24.44 to win the 200-yard breaststroke.

Papp won the 50-yard freestyle with a 24.90, finishing just ahead of Barker, who timed in at 24.92. Papp also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 53.40.

Senior Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) enjoyed a strong meet, achieving a season-best score of 327.38 in the three-meter dive. Junior Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and junior Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) finished right behind her with scores of 315.60 and 289.65, respectively. Capcik also captured first place in the one-meter dive with a score of 295.80.

"We've been paying a little more attention to the small details in practice, and they're starting to buy in to how big of an effect those small things will have on your dives and your total score," said diving coach Russ Dekker. "We're starting to train a little more consistent, so we're starting to compete a little more consistent."

Senior Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) posted season-best times in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:19.75) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:08.90) to win both events.

Freshman Carrie Dukes (Monkton, Md.) claimed the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best 57.09.

Sophomore Bianca Hauzer (Germiston, South Africa) took first in the 100-yard freestyle by finishing in 53.38. She also took second in the 1000-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 10:20.88.

The Bobcats swept the top three spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Sophomore Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio) won the event in her season debut with a time of 57.04. Freshman Myriah Ariza-Balter (Evergreen, Colo.) finished second with a time of 1:00.16, while redshirt freshman Kelse Johnson (Centennial, Colo.) placed third in 1:01.15.

Ohio put the finishing touches on its victory by taking the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Haley Clark (College Station, Texas), Barker, Bagan and Papp teamed up to finish in 1:37.06.

The Bobcats wrap up their rivalry weekend with a dual meet in Columbus, Ohio, against No. 19 Ohio State on Saturday at 1 p.m.