ATHENS, Ohio – The Bobcats concluded the first of two meets for this weekend when the Bobcats lost a nail-biter to Marshall 151.50 – 147.50. Despite the loss, Ohio totaled wins in 9 of the 16 events.
The dual was kicked off with the 200-yard medley relay with a second-place finish from Ohio's 'A' team consisting of senior Caroline Raley (Mobile, Ala.), sophomore Claire Mikesell (Clearfield, Pa.), junior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), and junior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) clocking in with a time of 1:46.21.
Ohio won the second event of the evening, the 1000-yard freestyle, with freshman Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) in the lead with a final time of 10:12.15. Junior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) and sophomore Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) followed shortly after placing fourth and fifth with times of 10:27.71 and 10:34.94, respectively.
There was a tie for first in the 100-yard breaststroke from sophomore Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) and Marshall's Catherine Bendziewicz clocking in at 1:05.95. Mikesell came in next for the 'Cats with a third-place finish and a time of 1:05.96.
The Bobcats won the next three events including the 200 fly with sophomore Sam Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) posting a time of 2:04.69, the 50 free with Zimcosky posting a time of 24.08, and the 100 free with Van Lanen posting a time of 51.60.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Glass and Gosselin secured the second and third place with times of 2:05.24 and 2:07.44.
The Bobcats placed second in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 500-yard freestyle with performances from Hornstra and Schlegel. Hornstra recorded a time of 2:22.25 in the 200 breast and Schlegel recorded a time of 5:02.68 in the 500 free.
The Bobcats next win was in the 100 fly with Van Lanen securing first with a time of 56.36.
In the 200 IM, Glass placed third with a time of 2:07.33.
The dual concluded with the 400-yard freestyle relay where Ohio's 'A' team placed second consisting of Zimcosky, Davis, Schlegel, and Hornstra with a time of 3:33.86.
Junior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) won the 1-meter dive after totaling a score of 246.68 just ahead of sophomore Ireland Littlejohn (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in second with a score of 216.00.
Hughes was the only Bobcat competing in the 3-meter dive but secured the win with a final score of 245.63.
Ohio will compete again tomorrow, Sat. Jan. 27, against Mid-American Conference foe, Bowling Green. The Bobcats will be honoring the careers of their four graduating seniors with ceremonies beginning at 1:45 p.m.