Nov. 15, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - Ohio Swimming and Diving got off to a terrific start at the 2012 George Mason Patriot Invitational on Thursday, ending the opening day of competition in first place with 317 team points. The Bobcats currently hold a 148-point lead over the next competitor.
Richmond currently ranks second with 169 points while host George Mason is in third place, having scored 162 points on the first day of action.
The Bobcats got off to a roaring starting, taking first place in the 200 Freestyle Relay to collect the first 40 points of the tournament. The team of Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), Haley Clark (College Station, Texas), Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio), and Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio) earned the top spot in a brisk time of 1:35.27. Ohio would ultimately collect 22 more points in the event, as the team of Caroline Meyer, Deidre Geroni, Anastasia Bocharnikova, and Addison Ferguson earned the eighth spot in a time of 1:39.28.
Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) then won the second consecutive event for the Bobcats, taking first place in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:59.49. This first-place finish was her third of the season and earned 20 points for the Green and White.
Ohio then claimed back-to-back second place finishes in the next two events. Bocharnikova took second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.94 while Funk placed second in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 23.32. Brooks also placed well in the 50 Freestyle, taking fourth place--and the 15 points which accompany it--with a time of 23.63.
The final event of the day, the 400 Medley Relay, saw another dominating performance from the Bobcats. The team of Bocharnikova, Bagan, Ferguson, and Brooks earned the top spot in a time of 3:50.81. This added 40 more points to Ohio's already impressive total, setting up the Bobcats in a good position for the rest of the invitational.
Ohio will begin the second day of competition at the 2012 Patriot Invitational on Friday. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com for a full recap of the action.