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Ohio University Swimming & Diving Set for Showdown Against Akron

Ohio Swimming & Diving

Jan. 24, 2014

ATHENS, OHIO -- The Ohio University swimming and diving team (4-1, 2-0 MAC) travels to Geneva, Ohio this Saturday (Jan. 25) to face the University of Akron in a Mid-American Conference dual meet at the SPIRE Institute -- home of the 2014 MAC Championships.

Ohio defeated Denison on the road, 157-143, on Jan. 11. The Bobcats won nine events, posted four top-three sweeps and recorded several new pool records.

The Bobcats swept the top three spots in the 200-yard backstroke. Senior Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) won it in 2:03.53, setting a pool record. Sophomore Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio) took second with a time of 2:04.49, and freshman Myriah Ariza-Balter (Evergreen, Colo.) clocked a 2:08.27 to place third.

Stearns also won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:32.14 and finished second behind Ferguson in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.83. Ferguson won with a time of 56.24.

Senior Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) set a pool record in the 1650-yard freestyle, recording a time of 17:12.25.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Ferguson, junior Tori Bagan (Roanoke, Ind.), sophomore Casey Papp (Bloomington, Ind.) and sophomore Haley Clark (College Station, Texas) won the event and set a pool record in doing so, clocking a 1:44.96.

Ohio took the top four spots in both diving events.

Junior Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) broke her own pool record in the one-meter dive, tallying a season-best 310.05. Senior Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) took second with a 280.73, and junior Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) and redshirt senior MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) placed third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 270.53 and 269.25.

Srail won the three-meter dive with a season-best 328.50. Bartlett finished right behind her with a 294.75. Capcik finished third with a 287.10, and Hillstrom placed fourth with a 244.88.

Akron took down Youngstown State in their last competition, 183-113, on Jan. 17. The Zips took first place in the 400 medley relay, with Ludwika Synzal, sophomore Hannah Raspopovich, junior Meghan Pearson and junior Kelsey Ferrante combining for a time of 3:56.97.

Ferrante and junior Taylor Hart finished first and second in the 200 yard freestyle. Ferrante posted a time of 1:55.23, with Hart finishing at 1:56.48.

After the meeting with Akron, Ohio will host Bowling Green next Friday (Jan. 31). The dual meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. ET.