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Ohio Swimming and Diving Set to Host 2018 MAC Championships

Ohio Swimming and Diving Set to Host 2018 MAC Championships

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving team looks to earn its 12th Mid-American Conference title in program history this week as the team plans to host the 2018 MAC Championships. Competition begins on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 24 inside Ohio University Aquatic Center.

For more information regarding the championship meet including the final schedule of events, click here.

Ohio finished the 2017 MAC Championships in fifth with 304 points. Last year featured returning junior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) being named All-MAC First Team and sophomore Emily Zimcosky (Smock, Pa.) was named to the second team.

As a unit, the Bobcats recorded eight top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes throughout the week.

Top-Five Finishers
800-yard freestyle relay: Emily Zimcosky, Corrin Van Lanen, Laura Dawson, Mikayla Herich; 7:19.36
500-yard freestyle: Emily Zimcosky; 4:51.96
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 22.55
400-yard IM: Mikayla Herich; 4:19.64
100-yard butterfly: Corrin Van Lanen; 53.13
200-yard freestyle: Emily Zimcosky; 1:48.40
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 49.58
400-yard freestyle relay: Emily Zimcosky, Mackenzie Hornstra, Mikayla Herich, Corrin Van Lanen; 3:23.09

The 2017-18 regular season featured all-star performances from a number of Bobcats ranking several of Ohio's student-athletes in the top-10 of their events.

In a dual versus MAC rival Buffalo (Nov. 4), freshman Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) recorded the third-best time in the conference in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:06.54.

The Bobcats then traveled to the TYR Invite (Nov. 17-19) hosted by Northwestern where Schlegel posted a 16:51.07 time in the 1650-yard freestyle to become ranked seventh in the MAC. Sophomore Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) became the 10th-fastest in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.72.

At the 2017 US Winter Nationals (Nov. 29 – Dec. 2), Van Lanen recorded the second fastest time in the conference in the 50-yard free with a time of 22.71 and the third-fastest time in the 100 fly clocking in at 53.94. Zimcosky also added her name to a few top-20 conference rankings securing the third-fastest time in the 100-yard free with a time of 49.84, tied for the third-fastest time in the 200-yard free with a time of 1:47.95, and the 10th-fastest time in the 500-yard free with a time of 4:53.89. Lahtinen recorded the sixth-fastest time in the conference at the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.47. Freshman Sam Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) recorded the fifth-best time in the conference in the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.34, the eighth-best time in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.23, and the third-best time in the 400 IM with a time of 4:18.78. 

Junior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) has had a successful season where she recorded a season sigh score dive in the 1-meter at the Buffalo Diving Invite (Jan. 13-15) with a score of 257.60. Her season-best in the 3-meter dive was recorded at the Ohio University Aquatic Center versus Bowling Green (Jan. 27) when she scored 250.13 points. 

The 2017 Mid-American Conference Championships will begin on Wednesday (Feb. 21) and continue through Saturday (Feb. 25). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday for the greetings and the first relay events.

The rest of the week's championship schedule is available here.