AKRON, Ohio. – Ohio swimming and diving (5-3, 1-3 MAC) finished its regular Mid-American Conference season falling short to the Zips of Akron (6-1, 4-0 MAC), 201-96, this evening at Ocasek Natatorium.
"We faced a really deep Akron team," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "I thought we put ourselves in the best position that we could heading into championship season. We are focused on more of the finer details in our preparation and our races which is a good sign for the weeks to come."
The first event was the 200-yard medley relay where the Bobcats finished third. The team comprised of freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.) redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), and junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa) as the anchor finished with a time of 1:47.00.
The 1000-yard freestyle event followed where Ohio registered a first-place finish by sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) with a time of 10:05.29, a finish that was 10 seconds faster than the runner-up. Sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) finished in fourth-place finish with a time of 10:18.50 while sophomore Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) finished fifth with a time of 10:27.94.
Next, Schlegel registered a fourth-place finish for Ohio in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.23 while freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), following closely behind, registered a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:55.91. The 100-yard backstroke event followed where Ohio registered a third-place finish by Aravantinou with a time of 57.10 and a fifth-place finish by freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) with a time of 59.62.
"I thought Hannah Schlegel did a great job picking up two event wins, with a really tough double swimming the 1000 and 200 freestyle back to back," said Norman.
Next, Lahtinen finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.06 followed closely behind by senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) who finished fifth with a time of 1:06.41. Freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) registered a sixth-place finish for the Bobcats with a time of 1:06.44.
Sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) and Van Lanen went on to capture a pair of second-place finishes. Glass captured second-place in the 200 yard-butterfly with a race time of 2:03.31 and Van Lanen captured second-place in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 23.75.
The first diving dual between Ohio and Akron, the one-meter dive event, resulted in a fourth-place finish by redshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) with a score of 266.93. Freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa) captured a sixth-place finish with a score of 258.60 and senior Nicole Hughes (Euclid, Ohio) captured seventh-place with a score of 248.62 for the Bobcats.
Back into the pool, Van Lanen registered a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.67 while Perrett followed closely behind registering a fourth-place finish with a time of 53.57.
Next, Aravantinou finished third while Glass finsihed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 2:04.76 and 2:06.50 respectively. The 200-yard breaststroke followed as Lahtinen finished third with a time of 2:20.58 and Morgan finished fifth with a time of 2:21.37.
The 500-yard freestyle event resulted in another event win for Schlegel who finished first with a time of 4:58.22. Garrity registered a fifth-place finish with a time of 5:05.08 while junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) finished seventh for the Bobcats with a time of 5:07.99.
Van Lanen went on to capture a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.21 while Sheehan captured a third-place finish with a time of 58.36. Senior Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) finished fourth with a time of 1:00.49 as the meet headed to the second diving event, the three-meter dive event.
Dillon secured a second-place finish in the three-meter diving event with a score of 277.27, Miller secured a third-place finish with a score of 264.90 and Hughes secured fourth with a score of 246.53.
In the 200-yard IM event, Glass went on to register a second-place finish with a time of 2:08.49 and Lahtinen registered a third-place finish with a time of 2:10.56.
The meet concluded with a 400-yard freestyle relay where the Ohio team consisting of Caruthers, senior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.), Perrett, and Schlegel as the anchor, came out with a second-place finish clocking in at 3:38.33.
The final box score was Ohio - 96, Akron – 201.
The Bobcats will return to Akron, Ohio for the Women's Mid-American Conference Championships beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The meet start time for the finals of day one is set for 6:30 pm EST. The Championships will be live in ESPN3.