Nov. 30, 2012
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving completed the first day of competition at the 2012 Zippy Invitational on Friday. The Bobcats ended the opening day of action in second place with 436 total team points. Ohio trails current leader Toledo by just eight points heading into Saturday.
The Bobcats got off to a strong start, taking second in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The team of Haley Clark, Lauren Funk, Katey Brooks, and Addison Ferguson touched in a brisk 1:34.17, finishing less than half of a second behind the winning squad from Buffalo. This Bobcat quartet picked up 56 points in the first event of the day. The team of Michelle Gasior, Caroline Meyer, Tori Bagan, and Anastasia Bocharnikova also swam well in this event, placing 10th and earning 34 points in a time of 1:38.46.
Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) followed this up with a strong performance in the 500 Freestyle, taking second place in a time of 4:59.63. Her place in this event earned 28 points for Ohio's cause.
Bocharnikova, Rachel Stearns, and Stephanie Gyurke combined to score 36 points in the next event of the day, the 200 Individual Medley. These Bobcats finished ninth, 15th, and 21st, respectively. Bocharnikova finished in 2:04.01, tying the 10th fastest time in program history; Stearns swam a 2:09.41, and Gyurke touched in 2:09.36. (Despite swimming a faster time than her teammate Stearns, Gyurke finished behind her due to competing in the `C' final.)
Ohio competed well in the 50 Freestyle, taking three spots in the top 24 to score more points. Funk placed third in 23.43; Brooks earned ninth in 23.72, and Clark placed 17th, touching the wall in 24.02 seconds. Funk's result stacks up well in Ohio's record books, tying for the ninth fastest mark all-time.
As has been the case all season to this point, the Bobcat divers stepped up to the plate and performed well to take three of the top five scores in the One Meter competition. Morgan Srail earned second with a 287.90; Kristin Capcik placed third with a score of 272.95, and Haleigh Bartlett finished fifth with her mark of 258.95.
The Bobcats ended the day on a very high note, taking the first and fourth spots in the 400 Medley Relay. Clark, Bocharnikova, Ferguson, and Brooks earned the top honor, touching the wall in 3:47.10. This time currently ranks eighth in the history of Ohio's Swimming and Diving Program. Not far behind this impressive race was the team of Katie Power, Megan Davis, Deidre Geroni, and Funk, who took fourth in 3:51.75. Together, these two relay teams earned 116 points in just one event, giving Ohio a good dose of momentum heading into the second day of competition.
Ohio will next be in action at the Zippy Invitational on Saturday. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com for a full recap of the second day's action.