Dec. 2, 2012
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving was denied its seventh straight Zippy Invitational title on Sunday, as the Bobcats finished in second place at the annual three-day competition in Akron. The Green and White accumulated a final team score of 1,211 points, finishing behind only 2012 Mid-American Conference champion Toledo.
Toledo took the top spot with 1,697 total team points. Ohio defeated all other MAC schools at the event, beating Buffalo (fourth) and host Akron (fifth).
Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) got the Bobcats off to a strong start on Sunday's final day of competition, earning the top spot in the 1650 Freestyle. Williams' time of 17:02.22 was more than eight seconds ahead of the nearest competitor and earned 32 points for Ohio.
The Bobcats then earned two top-three finishes in the next two events of the day. Anastasia Bocharnikova placed third in the 200 Backstroke, swimming a brisk time of 1:59.92 to score 27 points for her team. This beat her prior personal best for the Bobcats and currently ranks as the fourth fastest 200 Backstroke time in program history. Lauren Funk then earned second place in the next event of the day, the 100 Freestyle. Funk (Springfield, Ohio) touched the wall in 50.66 seconds, just 0.34 seconds behind the winner of the event, Brittney Kuras of Buffalo.
Megan Davis and Tori Bagan qualified for the finals of Sunday's next event, the 200 Breaststroke. Davis swam a 2:22.87 to finish seventh while Bagan touched in 2:24.75, earning 17th. Bagan's time was her best of the season in the event, substantially beating her prior mark of 2:32.67 set on Nov. 10 against Ohio State.
Three Bobcats then picked up points in the 200 Butterfly. Michelle Gasior earned third in 2:04.60; Deidre Geroni took 10th in 2:04.66, and Addison Ferguson placed 12th in a time of 2:07.85.
The team of Clark, Funk, Bocharnikova, and Katey Brooks ended the invitational for the Bobcats by taking second place in the 400 Freestyle Relay. This quartet of Bobcats finished in a time of 3:25.87, just 0.83 seconds behind the winning team from Buffalo and earned 56 points for Ohio. This time stacks up well in program history, as it is the 10th fastest time ever achieved by a Bobcat 400 Freestyle Relay team.
Ohio will take a lengthy break from NCAA competition and will not have another event until the 2013 calendar year. The Bobcats will next be in action in a dual meet at Denison on Jan. 12.