Nov. 17, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - Ohio Swimming and Diving captured first place at the 2012 George Mason Patriot Invitational on Saturday, capping three days of dominance at the meet with a spot atop the team leaderboard. The Bobcats scored 785.5 points over the weekend, beating the closest competitors by 136.5 points.
Richmond placed second at the invitational, scoring 649 points. George Washington ended up third with 500 points while host George Mason placed fourth with 493.5 points.
Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) began the final day of competition with a bang for the Bobcats, earning first place in the 1650 Freestyle with a time of 17:04.34. This first-place finish earned 20 points for the Green and White. Stephanie Gyurke also placed in this event, ending in 14th with a time of 17:44.32 to earn three points for the Bobcats.
Ohio performed well in the 200 Backstroke, taking three of the top ten spots in this event. Anastasia Bocharnikova finished in second place and earned 17 points, touching the wall just half a second behind Lauren Hines of Richmond. Rachel Stearns placed eighth for the Bobcats in 2:05.61 while Addison Ferguson finished ninth (first in the consolation final) with a time of 2:03.34.
Katey Brooks and Lauren Funk finished back-to-back in the 100 Freestyle, placing third and fourth, respectively. Brooks' time of 51.85 seconds earned her team 16 points while Funk's finish of 52.00 seconds added 15 points to the Bobcat cause. Haley Clark also placed well in this event for the Bobcats, taking ninth overall (first in the consolation final) with a time of 51.93 seconds.
The Bobcats ended the invitational in the same manner in which they began, taking the top spot in a relay event. The team of Clark, Funk, Brooks, and Ferguson finished first in the 400 Freestyle Relay, swimming a combined time of 3:26.49 to punctuate Ohio's victory with 40 more points. This time was brisk enough to be the ninth-fastest time in program history. Stearns, Gyurke, Michelle Gasior, and Bocharnikova also added a few more points to Ohio's cause, placing seventh with a time of 3:32.99.
Ohio will next be in action at the 2012 Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. The Bobcats will be looking to claim first place at the tournament for the seventh straight season.