YPSILANTI, Mich.- Although Ohio swimming and diving (1-2, 0-2 MAC) swam its best meet from a time standpoint, the Bobcats fell short to undefeated, Mid-American Conference foe, Eastern Michigan (3-0, 2-0 MAC), 190-110, this afternoon at Jones Natatorium.
"We lost to a really good Eastern Michigan team today," said first year head coach Mason Norman, "We swam our best meet of the season top to bottom from a time standpoint which is exactly what we were looking for headed into invitational season. Still looking to clean up some of the details that haven't become habit yet through our training. We continue to challenge the team week in and week out to elevate their expectations of themselves and their teammates. We have done that and will continue to grow as we finish up the first half of the season."
The first event was the 200-yard medley relay where the Bobcats finished third. The team comprised of freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), and senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) as the anchor finished with a time of 1:48.94.
The second event of the afternoon was the 1000-yard freestyle where Ohio registered a second-place finish by sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) with a time of 10:10.68, a six second drop for a personal best, and a fourth-place finish by sophomore Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) with a time of 10:18.36. Next, Haschemeyer placed first for Ohio in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.07 for a personal best and her first college dual meet win. The 100-yard backstroke event followed as Ohio registered a fourth-place finish by freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.) with a time of 58.73. Lahtinen finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.15 followed closely behind by senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) who finished fourth with a time of 1:07.49 for the Bobcats.
Ohio would go on to capture back-to-back event wins. Sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) finished first in the 200 yard-butterfly with a race time of 2:03.79, that was followed by the 50-yard freestyle event win by Van Lanen with a time of 23.81.
The first diving dual between Ohio and Eastern Michigan, the three-meter dive event, resulted in a fourth-place finish by senior Nicole Hughes (Euclid, Ohio) with a score of 227.10 and a fifth-place finish for redshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) with a score of 224.77.
Back into the pool, Van Lanen registered another event win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.14. Glass captured a third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time 2:06.50 that was followed by a race win for Lahtinen in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.61.
The 500-yard freestyle event resulted in a second-place finish for Schlegel with a time of 5:01.43 and a fifth-place finish for sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) with a time of 5:05.80 for Ohio. Van Lanen recorded her third event win of the meet in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.32 as the meet headed to the second diving event, the one-meter dive event. This registered Van Lanen's second time winning three individual events against MAC competition this season.
Hughes secured a third-place finish in the one-meter diving event with a score of 241.73 while Dillion secured fifth with a score of 236.25.
Glass would go on to win the 200-yard IM event with a time of 2:07.35 for her second individual event win for the meet.
The meet concluded with a 400-yard freestyle relay. The Ohio team that consisted of senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.), Hornstra, junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), and Schlegel as the anchor, came out with the third-place finish clocking in at 3:39.08.
The final box score was Ohio 110, Eastern Michigan 190.
The Bobcats will travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the 2018 Ohio State Invitational that begins Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Invitational will continue through Saturday, Nov. 17. Ohio will be joined at McCorkle by Kentucky, Notre Dame, Indiana State women, West Virginia, Kenyon, Stanford women, Yale, Penn State and Pitt.