Ohio earned two second-place finishes in Backstroke events on Saturday
Nov. 10, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Swimming and Diving hosted its second dual meet of the 2012-13 season on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Ohio State Buckeyes by a final score of 182-112. Ohio won three events during the competition, taking the top spots in the 1000 Freestyle, the 500 Freestyle, and One-Meter Diving.
“I thought the team performed very, very well for where we are at in our training,” said Head Coach Greg Werner. “We’re in a very difficult phase of training at this stage. The team showed tremendous enthusiasm and support in terms of positive attitudes, which is certainly something we strive for in every competition.”
Junior distance swimmer Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) had a strong day for the Green and White, taking the top spot in both the 1000 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle. She won the 1000 Freestyle by nearly three seconds with a time of 10:22.90 and touched more than two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor with a 5:02.01 in the 500 Freestyle.
“Laurin is obviously a very good competitor and a great performer,” Werner said. “We were very happy to see her step up, compete, and perform well. Those were two good wins in those two marquee events for her.”
The Bobcats (0-2, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) had a strong showing in the fourth event of the day, the 100 Backstroke. Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) placed second with a time of 57.34 in this event while teammate Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio) placed fifth with a time of 59.20.
Ohio State (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) claimed the top spot in events 5-11, winning the 100 Breaststroke, 200 Fly, 50 Freestyle, Three-Meter Diving, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, and the 200 Breaststroke. Despite not winning these events, the Bobcats had some solid performances during this stage of the meet. Lauren Funk took second in the 50 Free; Kristin Capcik (second) and Morgan Srail (third) placed well from the three-meter diving board; Katey Brooks took second in the 100 Freestyle; Stearns took second in the 200 Backstroke, and Megan Davis (Westfield Center, Ohio) placed second in the 200 Breaststroke.
Ohio will next be in action on Nov. 15 at the three-day Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
“Those tournaments are completely different (than dual meets),” Werner added. “I know the team is excited to get on the road, as this will be our first road trip of the year. They’ll get to see some different competition and this will mimic the schedule they will see at the MAC Championships. We’re pretty excited to get on the road and see what we can do.”