ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio swimming and diving (1-2, 0-2 MAC) reunite as a unit for the first time in the 2019 portion of the season with back-to-back dual meets beginning on Friday (Jan. 18) when they travel to compete against Mid-American Conference foe, Toledo. The meet is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the UT Student Recreation Center Pool. The Bobcats will then travel to Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday (Jan. 19) for a double dual against the Dukes of Duquesne and the Musketeers of Xavier with the action beginning at 2 p.m at Towers Pool.
"We are excited to get back into action against a solid MAC team in Toledo and two solid all-around teams in Duquesne and Xavier the following day," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "The meets back to back will give us a look at a prelims/finals format and what to expect at the championships. We are looking forward to being in the Pittsburgh area to compete near friends and families of the program."
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Prior to winter training camp, the Bobcats traveled to Columbus, Ohio and secured a seventh-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational totaling 605 points. Ohio top finishers for each event included senior swimmer, Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), junior swimmer, Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa), freshman swimmer, Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), senior swimmer, Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.), sophomore swimmer, Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.), sophomore swimmer, Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), redshirt-junior diver, Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), junior swimmer, Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), freshman swimmer, Madeline Kenyon (Dayton, Ohio), senior swimmer, Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.), freshman swimmer, Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.), junior swimmer, Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio),senior swimmer, Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.), senior swimmer, Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.), and freshman swimmer, Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio).
OHIO TOP FINISHERS FOR EACH EVENT
200-yard freestyle relay: Van Lanen, Perrett, Haschemeyer, and White; 1:34.29
500-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 4:47.36
200-yard IM: Samantha Glass; 2:03.83
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 22.99
400-yard medley relay: Haschemeyer, Lahtinen, Van Lanen, and Perrett; 3:46.12
3-meter diving: Olivia Dillon; 242.10
200-yard medley relay: Kenyon, Lahtinen, Wyke, and White; 1:46.82
100-yard butterfly: Corrin Van Lanen; 53.96
400-yard IM: Hannah Schlegel; 4:19.09
200-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 1:50.82
100-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 1:03.17
100-yard backstroke: Athena Aravantinou; 56.81
800-yard freestyle relay: Caruthers, Henderson, Glass, and Davis; 7:33.51
1-meter dive: Olivia Dillon; 240.30
1650-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 16:23.80
200-yard backstroke: Samantha Glass; 2:02.89
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 51.00
200-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 2:13.28
200-yard butterfly: Samantha Glass; 2:02.42
400-yard freestyle relay: Perrett, Van Lanen, Sheehan, and White; 3:26.27
The Ohio divers last competed in the Buffalo Diving Invitational where the Bobcats placed third in the women's championships and fifth overall compiling 59 total points. Dillon registered a first-place victory in the 1-meter dive, earning a score of 265.85. The Bobcats had three other divers competing in the 1-meter event. Senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) finished the preliminaries in ninth-place with a 234.65. Freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.) finished the prelims with a 229.40, finishing in 10th place, while sophomore Abigail Jordan (West Chester, Ohio) placed 21st with a total score of 132.40.
"The team is looking strong building off of a great training camp over the winter break," said Norman. "We did some really great things as a group in training. We had multiple practices over break where we asked the girls to step up and go fast. It has become normal to see best times in workout day-to-day. The team has never been more confident and focused than we are right now as we come down the backstretch of the season preparing for the MAC Championship Meet in February."
Ohio swim and dive travel to face the Rockets of Toledo (3-3 overall, 0-1 MAC) as they are coming off winter training camp. Highlighting the Rockets efforts in their most recent dual meet against Youngstown State were Joelle Gallais, Kristen Straszacker, Jessica Avery, Duda Sales, Alida Ramden, Lisa Eriksson and Jovana Duric. Straszacker, Avery, Sales, and Ramden, took first in the 200-yard medley relay after finishing with a time of 1:47.90. For individual events, Eriksson won the 100-freestyle (53.38), Avery won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.39) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.77) events, Sales won the 100 fly (56.99) and 200-yard butterfly (2:06.28), Duric swept the 1,650 freestyle (17:36.74) and 500 freestyle (5:08.93), and Straszacker snatched victories in the 100 backstroke (57.64) and 200 IM (2:11.06). On the diving side for the Rockets, Gallais registered a 1-meter and 3-meter dive wins.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE ROCKETS
The Bobcats last dual against Toledo was in the 2016-17 season where Ohio conquered the Rockets, 188-77, at Ohio University Aquatic Center in Athens, Ohio on Jan. 28, 2017.
400-yard medley relay
200-yard freestyle relay
The live stats for Ohio and Toledo can be accessed via the Meet Mobile app with purchase.
LAST DOUBLE DUAL AGAINST DUQUESNE AND XAVIER
Ohio hosted the last double dual on Jan. 21 of 2017 where the Bobcats recorded wins in 13 of the 14 events beating Duquesne 177-78 and Xavier 160-97.
1000-yard freestyle: Ana Henderson; 10:25.34
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 23.57
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 51.72
400-yard freestyle relay: Zimcosky, Mikesell, Hornstra, Van Lanen; 3:30.96
The live stats for the double dual event can be accessed via the Meet Mobile app with purchase and on ESPN +.
MASON NORMAN ERA BEGINS
Head coach Mason Norman begins his first season at the helm of the Ohio swimming and diving team. Norman, a native of Duluth, Ga., competed as a student-athlete at Wingate, accumulating 22 All-American honors, a spot on the NCAA Division II national championship 400 free relay team in 2010 and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle. Entering his coaching career, Norman was a graduate assistant before being promoted to interim assistant coach at the University of Tennessee proceeded on to a short time at Utah before he joined the Kentucky staff, where he spent his previous five years, his final year as the associate head coach.
Britni Fisher begins her stint as the new diving coach, while Carlye Ellis begins her time as the new assistant swim and coach.
Fisher, a former diver at Illinois, spent two years as a graduate assistant at Bryant prior to joining the Ohio staff. Fisher's second season at Bryant saw the women's swimming and diving program capture the NEC Championship crown for the first time in program history. She currently holds the Illinois school records for the one-meter (298.27) and three-meter (319.65) springboards and maintains the third highest platform score (162.80). Fisher is a four-time varsity letter winner, a four-time Illini Outstanding Diver of the Year and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships.
Ellis, a Texas four-time varsity letter winner, two-time NCAA Division I All-American and Big 12 champion, spent three years as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Cornell prior to joining Ohio's staff. In just three seasons, Ellis helped Cornell swimmers rewrite the school's record book setting new school records in more than 10 individual events and in three relay events. Additionally, Cornell posted 70 times that rank among the top 10 all-time fastest swims along with three relay records and 22 other times that have joined the list.
Ohio returns seniors Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.), Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.), Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.), Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio), Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.), Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.), and Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.).
This year's junior class of returners consists of Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), Annie Gosselin (Naperville, Ill.), Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), Ireland Littlejohn (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.), and Ryleigh Tuck-Macalla (Bay Village, Ohio).
Sophomores include: Carolyn Bischoff (New Hudson, Mich.), Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.), Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), Abigail Jordan (West Chester, Ohio), Katelyn O'Brien (Williams Bay, Wis.), and Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.).
Ohio welcomes eight freshmen to the roster to begin the season. Athena Aravantinou (Bethesda, Md.), Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.), Madeline Kenyon (Dayton, Ohio), Rebekah Klem (Columbiana, Ohio), Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio), Chloe Pace (Naperville, Ill.) and Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), will all make their collegiate debut for Ohio this season.
After the conclusion of the weekend, Ohio swimming and diving will return home to play host for its Senior Day match-up on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Ohio University Aquatics Center where they will face Youngstown State. The meet start time is set for 11:30 am EST.