Oct. 25, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University swimming & diving team begins its 2013-14 campaign with a trip to Ball State for a Mid-American Conference dual meet Saturday at the Lewellen Aquatic Center. The meet is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
Ohio earned its second straight silver medal at last season's MAC Championships and sent four divers to the NCAA Zone Championships and one swimmer to the NCAA Championships.
The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the 2013-14 MAC Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's coaches. The 2014 MAC Championships will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Geneva, Ohio.
The Cardinals were picked to finish eighth in the MAC Preseason Poll.
NCAA PARTICIPANTS RETURN
Ohio swimming & diving returns five student-athletes who competed in the NCAA postseason action in 2012-13.
Four divers -- junior Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), senior Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.), redshirt senior MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) and junior Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) -- all earned trips to the NCAA Zone Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., last season.
The quart re-wrote the Ohio record book during the 2012-13 season, setting three top-ten scores in both the one and three meter diving competitions. Bartlett set a new program standard of 325.27 points from the one-meter board and currently holds the No. 4 spot all-time from three meters (327.83 points). Capcik is Ohio's current record-holder from the three-meter board with a score of 337.35 points and the junior also ranks second in program history from the one-meter board with a score of 312.90. Srail and Hillstrom also left their marks on the record book, setting the No. 5 score from the three-meter board and the No. 5 score from the one-meter board, respectively.
Bartlett and Hillstrom each advanced to the final round from the one-meter board. Bartlett scored 249.40 points in the final round, ending with a 12-dive score of 514.95 to finish 15th. Hillstrom achieved a score of 245.70 points in the final round to end with a 12-dive score of 511.55. She finished the competition in 16th place.
Senior Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.), a two-time First Team All-MAC pick, has qualified for the NCAA Championships each of the last two seasons. She placed 36th in last year's 1650 freestyle, swimming a time of 16:29.08. She also placed 51st in the preliminary round of the 500 freestyle, swimming a time of 4:48.58.
Ohio hosts Buffalo in its first home meet of the 2013-14 campaign next Saturday. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Aquatic Center.