ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio swimmers finished up the weekend with the Zips Last Chance Meet and the Zips Last Chance Meet Invite where freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) and junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) qualified for NCAA B standards in their performances on Sunday, Mar. 3, at Ocasek Natatorium.
Morgan and Lahtinen joined senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green b ay, Wis.) and sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) who made NCAA B qualifying times earlier this season. The Ohio swimmers will soon find out if they are in fact invited to the NCAA qualifier located in Austin, TX beginning on Wednesday, March 20th.
NCAA B STANDARD EVENT/TIME
100-yard IM: Kelsey Morgan; 58.40
400-yard IM: Hannah Schlegel; 4:14.56
500-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 4:44.35
200-yard breaststroke: Kelsey Morgan; 2:11.43
200-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 2:12.58
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 22.75
100-yard butterfly: Corrin Van Lanen; 53.07
100-yard breaststroke: Kelsey Morgan; 1:01.01
100-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 1:01.36
1650-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 16:19.04
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio swimming and diving last saw action in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships where they finished fifth with a total of 421 points at Ocasek Natatorium. This score is the highest total and first time over 400 points since 2013. Ohio concluded the 2019 MAC Championships with a total of 19 All-Time Top-10 program history records including five All-Time school records. Schlegel was named First-Team All-MAC and Van Lanen, Lahtinen, and Morgan were all named Second Team.
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.), 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 reshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), 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.
The Bobcat divers will travel to West Lafayette, IN for the NCAA Diving Zone Championships beginning on Thursday, March 14, and will continue through Saturday, March 16.