|ATHENS, Ohio, January 8. AFTER an impressive victory over Youngstown State last night, the Ohio swimming and diving team completed its weekend sweep Saturday afternoon as the Bobcats defeated the Denison Big Red by a score of 170.5-125.5. Senior diver Lindsay Hamilton stole the show as she set the school record on the 3-meter board with an overall score of 329.56, breaking her own previous score of 325.58.
"Lindsay is not just a great diver, she's a great leader," said head coach Greg Werner. It's tough to stick around in our sport for five years, so I'm really proud of her for being able to do that. She's consistently putting up great performances, and on occasion, breaking school records. So that says enough and no one has ever been better."
Ohio (4-2, 2-2 MAC) took the lead right away as Rachel Heim (San Diego, Calf.), Katey Brooks (North Royalton, Ohio), Amanda Cecere (Chemlsford, Mass.), and Annie Donovan (Findlay, Ohio.) finished first in the 200 Medley Relay with a score of 1:46.32.
The trio of Stacey Huber (Gainesville, Fla.), Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.), and Stella Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.) swept the 1650 Free as they finished first, second, and third with times of 17:07.97, 17:13.16, and 17:37.88, respectively. Denison would bounce back in the 200 Free, however, securing the top two spots while Anastasia Bocharnikova (Nizhny Tagil, Russia) finished third with a time of 1:56.80.
Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) took first in the 100 Back with a time of 58.70, helping Ohio increase the lead to 41-32 after four events. Denison would tie the score at 46 in the 100 Breast, however, despite a second place finish from Petra Chomicz (King's Lynn, Norfolk, England) with a time of 1:06.84.
"The score was a little tight at that point and it was obvious that they were performing well," said Werner. "I just wanted to point out the fact that they were in it and we needed to respond to that challenge."
The Bobcats soon responded as Cecere took first in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:07.72, while Donovan and Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio) finished first and second in the 50 Free with times of 23.75 and 24.38, respectively.
Brooks and Donovan continued their solid days as they finished tied for second in the 100 Free with a time of 53.13. Abby Corcoran (Tucson, Ariz.) followed closely behind in third place with a time of 53.38. Bocharnikova and Katie Power (Ottawa, Ontario) lead the way in the 200 Back as they finished first and second with times of 2:06.17 and 2:08.69, respectively.
Hamilton's spectacular day on the boards was accompanied by strong performances by Alexa Gordish (North Canton, Ohio) and Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wisc.). Gordish took second in the 1 meter with a score of 236.17 and third in the 3 meter with a 216.75, while Capcik finished third in the 1 meter with a 223.57 and second in the 3 meter with a 239.92.
Impressive first place finishes by Chomicz, Huber, and Heim in the 200 Breast, 500 Free, and 100 Fly extended Ohio's lead, putting the meet out of reach for the Big Red. Ohio closed the action with a final first place finish from Chomicz in the 400 IM as the Bobcats cruised to their fourth victory of the season.
"The meet was a lot closer than the final score," said Werner. "We won a lot of close races. They are a very well coached team and a confident team. They know how to win and they have one, so we expected a challenge."
Ohio returns to the pool Jan. 18 as they travel to Huntington, W. Va. to take on Marshall.
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Results: Denison vs. Ohio