Dec. 4, 2011
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving continued its dominance of the annual Zippy Invitational this weekend, claiming top honors at the competition for the sixth year in a row. The Bobcats reached the summit during the first day of the three-day invitational and never looked back, ultimately finishing 99 team points ahead of the nearest competitor.
Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) got the Green and White off to a strong start on Sunday, taking third place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:05.47. This third-place finish picked up 27 team points for the Bobcats. Not far behind Williams was teammate Annika Games (Brea, Calif.), who took sixth (and the accompanying 24 team points) with her time of 17:23.27.
Four Bobcats placed in the top 21 of the next event, the 200 backstroke. Sarah Owen (Portsmouth, England) finished second, swimming an impressive 2:00.86 to finish less than a second behind Toledo's Christina Noens. Just a few seconds behind her was Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), who placed fourth with a 2:04.13. Anastasia Bocharnikova (Nizhny Tagil, Russia) and Katie Power (Ottawa, Ontario) also swam quite well in the event, taking the 11th and 21st places, respectively.
A key to the Bobcats' success throughout the competition was strong relay performances. This was no different on Sunday, as the team of Owen, Lauren Funk, Katie Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio) and Abby Corcoran (Tucson, Ariz.) earned second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:25.48.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Jan. 7 when they host Denison in a dual meet. First event is scheduled for 1 p.m. from the Ohio University Aquatic Center.