ATHENS, Ohio, January 9. OHIO Swimming and Diving capped off a successful weekend by beating the visiting Denison Big Red by a final score of 175-125 on Saturday. Freshman diver MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) set an Ohio school record with her impressive 298.05 score on the one-meter diving board.
"We did a great job of competing," said head coach Greg Werner. "The Denison Big Red is a very, very good program…a program with a storied history that knows how to win and is enthusiastic. We saw that today and the team matched their energy and was able to come out on top. I was very happy with that."
The `Cats got things started off on the right foot, taking the first and second spots in the 200 Medley Relay, gaining 15 points for the team and setting a season-best in the process. The team of Sarah Owen (Portsmouth, England), Allison Schaefer (San Diego, Calif.), Rachel Heim and Chelsey Bower (Bethel Park, Pa.) touched first with 1:45.33. The team of Katie Power (Ottawa, Ontario), Elizabeth Bishop (Hales Corners, Wisc.), Ashley Poitinger (Akron, Ohio) and Anne Donovan (Findlay, Ohio) was not far behind, finishing second with a 1:48.72.
Amanda Traylor (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Stella Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.) did well in the next event of the day, the 1650 Free. They took the first and third spots, respectively. After this event the Bobcats had a comfortable 27-9 in the dual meet.
Denison had a strong showing in the 200 Free as Alyssa Swanson took first and teammate Marit Wangstad finished in second. The Big Red (3-1, 3-0 North Coast Athletic Conference) won four events on the day, as they also took first place in the 200 Fly, 100 Fly and the 400 Free Relay.
Freshman Kristyn Repke (Cary, N.C.) set a season-best in the 100 Backstroke with her 1:00.79. She finished fifth, behind teammates Owen (2nd, 58.74) and Heim (1st, 58.47).
Like Friday, the Bobcats (5-2, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) did a very good job on the diving boards. Hillstrom had a terrific day, qualifying for the NCAA Zones with both her one and three-meter performances today. She set a school record with her 298.05 on the one-meter board and is now second in school history on the three-meter, as she scored a 294.90. (Lindsay Hamilton holds the top mark with a 316.65 score.)
Amy Bromberg (Deerfield, Ill.) had a record-setting day of her own. She finished second on both boards, setting a personal best on the one-meter. Her 260.69 on the one-meter was almost 16 points better than her prior best from that same height.
Donovan and Poitinger each set season-bests in the 50 Free. Donovan touched in 23.63 to finish first and Poitinger finished second with her 24.69.
Also setting season-bests were sophomores Annika Games–who finished first in the 200 Backstroke with a 2:05.93–Owen, who won the 500 Free in 5:05.31 and Kristen Witham (Fort Wayne, Ind.), who took first in the 400 IM with 4:31.67.
The Bobcats will next be in action on January 19 when they welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd to the Aquatic Center. The dual meet is set to begin at 5 p.m.
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