Dec. 6, 2009
AKRON, Ohio -
Ohio Swimming and Diving (3-2, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) is in second place after two days of competition at the 2009 Akron Invitational. The team has earned 883 points and is a mere 19 points behind host Akron.
"I was really happy with how we performed tonight," said head coach Greg Werner. "We had a lot of people improve upon their seeds and improve their times."
Saturday's finals began with the 200 Medley Relay in which Buffalo's "A" team finished in first with a 1:44.92. The Bobcats were nipping at their heels as the team of Sarah Owen (Portsmouth, England), Allison Schaefer (Medina, Oh.), Rachel Heim (San Diego, Calif.) and Annie Donovan (Findlay, Oh.) finished in 1:45.93, earning second place and netting an important 56 points for Ohio.
The second Ohio team that swam the 200 finished in 11th place, swimming a 1:50.30 and grabbing 32 more points for the Bobcats. This team consisted of Annika Games (Brea, Calif.), Elizabeth Bishop (Hales Corners, Wisc.), Caroline Meyer (Holland, Mich.) and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Oh.).
The next event was the 400 IM, which saw Miriam McGreath of Duquesne emerge victorious. Amanda Traylor (Los Alamitos, Calif.) finished in third overall, absolutely shattering her season-best by over six seconds, finishing with a 4:32.10. Petra Chomicz (King's Lynn, England) was not far behind, touching in 4:37.70 to grab seventh place and the 23 points that came with it.
Heim swam a season-best 55.59 in the 100 Butterfly to take first overall. Her time was an Akron Invitational meet record and just missed being a pool record by two hundredths of a second. Meyer finished 22nd in the event, swimming a season-best of her own as she touched in 1:00.42.
Chelsey Bower (Bethel Park, Pa.) swam a season-best 1:52.73 in the 200 Free en route to finishing third overall, gaining 27 points for the Green and White.
Bishop had a solid showing in the day's next event, the 100 Breastroke. She swam a season-best 1:07.53 to finish seventh overall. Schaefer was not far behind, as she finished in ninth place. Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Oh.) swam a 1:09.98 to finish 22nd.
The 100 Backstroke was a successful event for the `Cats, as Heim finished in third with a 57.39, Owen finished in 10th and Games swam a season-best 1:00.28 to finish in 22nd.
MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) had a solid showing on the three-meter board, finishing in fifth place with a 227.30.
The Bobcats did a great job in the 800 Freestyle Relay, as the "A" team won the event and the "B" team finished in 14th. Bower, Owen, Traylor and Heim swam a team season-best in the event with their 7:36.19 finish. The team finished almost three full seconds ahead of the next competitors. The "B" team finished in 7:59.29 and consisted of Caitlin Drozin (Cuyahoga Falls, Oh.), Kristen Witham (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Stacey Huber (Gainesville, Fla.) and Stella Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.).
"I'm very happy with where we are at," said Werner. "We put ourselves in a great position to have a spirited competition tomorrow (Sunday). Tomorrow is a strong day for us, but it is for the competition as well. We'll get exactly what we're hoping for, which is a tough and challenging competition."