AKRON, Ohio – Ohio swimming and diving (5-3, 1-3 MAC) kicked off the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships with the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay setting new Top 10 program records in both events this evening (Feb. 27) at Ocasek Natatorium. The Bobcats concluded Day One in seventh place.
"We started the meet off well tonight with two relays improving greatly across the board," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "It is important to get some swims under our belt and to set the tone for the team. We have a lot of excitement heading into the first session of individuals in the morning."
Ohio kicked off competition with the 200-yard medley relay where the Bobcats finished eighth and set a top ten program record with a time of 1:41.76. The Bobcat relay 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 now hold the 10th fastest time in program history for the 200-yard medley relay. Akron secured first place with a time of 1:36.28 to set a new conference record.
Ohio concluded day one with the 800-yard freestyle relay where the Bobcats finished sixth and set another top 10 program record with a time of 7:23.25. The Bobcat relay team comprised of sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.), junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.), and senior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) as anchor now hold the eighth fastest time in program history for the 800-yard freestyle relay. Schlegel led off the relay with a 1:48.8 split that registered a lifetime best and new top 10 200-yard freestyle program record. Akron went two for two on the night with another first-place finish and a time of 7:06.81 to set another new conference record as well as facility record.
MAC Championships Standings After Day One
1. Akron: 80 points
T-2. Buffalo: 64 points
T-2. Eastern Michigan: 64 points
T-4. Miami: 58 points
T-4: Bowling Green: 58 points
6. Ball State: 50 points
7. Ohio: 48 points
8. Toledo: 28 points
Ohio will return to action tomorrow (Feb. 28) for Day Two of the 2019 MAC Championships beginning with the preliminary rounds of the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard IM, the 50-yard freestyle, and the 1-meter dive beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the doors opening to the public at 9:30. For the evening session and final rounds, doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and competition will begin at 6:30 p.m.