By Erin Greene
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania, January 19. IN Swimming World Magazine's Meet of the Week series, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 141.5-98.5, at the McCoy Natatorium in University Park, Jan. 19. Competing for the first time since Dec. 2, the Nittany Lions extended their undefeated streak to 6-0, while the Buckeyes fell to a 6-3 overall record.
"We swam pretty well," Jeanne Fleck, Ohio State head swimming coach, said. "I would say of course we wanted to win and we didn't do that, but it was probably our best away meet in a year and a half. We got up and raced. We tied the medley relay and had some good splits on it. Some stand out things came from our freshmen. Katie Bell had her first college win on a springboard event, so that was exciting. Jill Lockhart was a stud, too. She had some tough races and wound up winning the 200 back. I feel really good about how the meet went."
200-yard medley relay
In a race for first, Ohio State and Penn State ‘A' relays both stopped the clock at 1:46.62. The Buckeye quad of Gulsah Gunenc, Rebekah Rychavlsky, Linda Lunda and Elaine Chan split the win with Lions Kelly Nelson, Abby Hoisington, Karie Haglund and Michelle Myers. PSU rounded out the top three when the squad of Daphne Skelos, Lyndsey Smith, Lindsey DeForrest and Genie Cheng posted a time of 1:47.18.
Lions Nikki Collins and Sarah Baker filled the first two places in the distance event. Collins swam the race in 10:08.48, while Baker completed it in 10:11.32. Haley Mitchell was the fastest swimmer for Ohio State with 10:20.47. The time earned her third place.
Kaitlin O'Brien continued the winning streak for PSU, swimming a time of 1:50.33 to pick up the victory. Griet Buelens recorded a time of 1:52.14 for second place, while the Lions completed the medal positions when Claire Hawley finished in a time of 1:53.09.
Elaine Chan captured the first individual win for the Buckeyes, swimming the only sub-24 time of 23.94 for the gold. Lions DeForrest and Cheng were responsible for the next two places, as the teammates recorded the second tie of the meet. Both Penn State swimmers swam the event in 24.43.
Megan Palera and Abby Hoisington recorded a 1-2 finish for Penn State. Palera claimed the win in 2:05.64, while Hoisington edged out Ohio State's Jill Lockhart in 2:07.54. Lockhart swam the race in 2:07.79 for the bronze.
Lion Kim Peifer pulled out a tight win between the divers, winning by just three points in a score of 280.25. Buckeye Kati Bell finished next in 277.73, with teammate Julie Broms finishing just one point behind her in 276.90.
In what is normally a winning event for Ohio State, PSU took the event in a sweep of the top two places. Kailey Morris hit the wall first in 2:00.78, with Katie Haglund picking up the silver in 2:01.05. Gulsah Gunenc swam her fastest time of 2:01.64 for the season to finish third. All three swimmers recorded NCAA provisional times.
Ohio State swept the event, with Buelens swimming leading group in a time of 52.53. Annie Rennebohm followed suit, clocking a time of 53.57 and Stasia von Rahl rounding out the podium in 54.52.
Jill Lockhart out-touched Penn State swimmer Jessica Barnes to win in a time of 2:04.19, while Barnes swam a time of 2:04.36. Kaitlin O'Brien finished behind her teammate in 2:06.29.
While the Buckeyes swept the 100-yard freestyle, PSU came back to sweep the 500-yard freestyle. Kelly Nelson, Megan Palera and Jaime Keily filled the Top 3 spots in the event. Nelson swam a time of 4:56.06 for the win, with Palera touching in next at 5:00.15. Keily touched third in 5:01.90. Haley Mitchell completed the mid-distance race in 5:09.22 to finish fourth.
In the second diving event for the night, Bell dove to a clear victory in a score of 335.62. Julie Broms followed her teammate's example, diving a score of 302.62 to be the runner-up. Courtney Adlam dove to third place in a score of 294.00.
Penn State swimmers sandwiched Colleen Schweitzer (2:20.04) to garner a 1-3 finish. Lindsey Smith was responsible for the win, finishing in 2:18.09. Clare Clemens took third in 2:21.97.
200-yard freestyle relay
Penn State completed the meet with a win in the final relay. The team of Genie Cheng, Mischelle Myers, Kelly Nelson and Molly Crispell swam the fastest combined time 1:35.18. Ohio State's ‘A' relay of Griet Buelens, Elaine Chan, Annie Rennebohm and Linda Lund stopped the clock just ahead of Penn State's ‘B' team in a time of 1:37.12, while PSU swam the race in 1:37.87. Lindsey DeForrest, Erin Morris, Jessica Barnes and Dapne Skelos made up the third-place team.