HUNTINGTON, W. Va - Ohio swimming and diving captured their first win of the Norman Era after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd,169-131, this evening at Frederick A. Natatorium.
"We did a really nice job racing tonight as a team," said first year head coach Mason Norman "The times that we swam came second to developing the mentality of racing and beating the person next to you. We made some changes to the lineup this week to played to our strengths as a program and kept plugging away trusting the process and foundation of training that we have established. We found a way to win close races and that is what led to team victory."
The first event was the 200-yard medley relay where the Bobcats finished second. The team comprised of freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.), redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) and freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.) as the anchor finished with a time of 1:50.85.
Ohio placed first, second and third in the second event, the 1000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) placed first for Ohio with a time of 10:30.05 followed by sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) with a time of 10:33.02 for a second-place finish and touching in at 10:35.11 was junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) for a third-place finish. Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) captured a second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.21. Aravantinou finished second in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 59.07 followed closely behind by Haschemeyer who placed third with a time of 59.29. Lahtinen finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.44.
In the 200 yard-butterfly, Glass finished first with a race time of 2:06.58 followed soon after by senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) for a second-place finish with a time of 207.75. Senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) added a 50-yard freestyle race win with a time of 24.22.
The Bobcats took a breath from swimming to hold the three-meter diving event that resulted in a first-place finish by redshirt junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) with a score of 244.50.
Heading back into the lanes, Haschemeyer finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.58 just before a 200-yard backstroke race win for Glass with a time 2:06.88. This race win was the start of three consecutive event wins for Ohio leading into the one-meter dive event.
The three event wins included, the 200-yard breaststroke where Lahtinen raced a time of 2:22.95 for her first solo race win of the evening, the 500-yard freestyle where Schlegel raced a time of 5:01.93 for her first solo race win of the evening and the 100-yard butterfly where Van Lanen raced and registered a first-place race win with a time of 56.29.
Senior Nicole Hughes (Euclid, Ohio) secured a first-place finish in the one-meter diving event with a score of 226.43 to continue the Ohio event win streak.
Glass would go on to place second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:10.35 with Lahtinen close behind with a time of 2:12.59 for a fourth-place finish.
The meet concluded with a 400-yard freestyle relay. The Ohio team that consisted of Van Lanen, Haschemeyer, freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), and Davis as the anchor, came out with the second-place finish clocking in at 3:36.14.
The final box score was Ohio 169, Marshall 131.
The Bobcats will hit the road to Ypsilanti, Michigan to battle the Eagles of Eastern Michigan for its second Mid-American Conference dual meet of the 2018-19 season on Saturday Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. EST.