Ohio Swimming And Diving Blows Past Ball State

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The Ohio University swimming and diving team (1-0, 1-0) defeated Ball State in a trio of events, 162-138 on Saturday, Oct. 26, in a Mid-American Conference dual meet at Lewellen Aquatic Center.

Ohio swept the leading places for the 1-meter dive as junior Haleigh Bartlett took the top spot with a score of 267.65 while junior Morgan Srail placed second with 231.22. Senior Kristin Capcik rounded out the Bobcats’ scoring, finishing third with 226.27.

Bartlett, Srail and Capcik continued their diving dominance in the 3-meter competition as they again took the top three spots on the leaderboard. Bartlett scored a 308.993, Srail with a 292.2, and Capcik with a 280.8, all earning points to contribute to the team’s total.

The Bobcats’ final shutout came during the 500-yard freestyle. Senior, Laurin Williams led the group with a time of 5:08.81. Sophomore Bianca Hauzer placed second with a time of 5:11.73 while Michelle Gasior finished third with a time of 5:14.98.

Williams finished first in the 1000-yard freestyle, earning a time of 10:41.14, beating out teammate Hauzer by just .21 seconds, who placed second with a time of 10:41.31. Also in that race was sophomore Ariel Hodges who finished fifth with a time of 11:14.84.

Senior Rachel Stearns posted a time of 57.44 in the 100-yard backstroke and came in first place for Ohio where teammate Kelse Johnson placed third and completing the even in 1:01.53 minutes.

The ‘Cats took first place in another event thanks to the help of junior Michelle Gasior who finished first with a time of 2:07.23 in the 200-yard butterfly, and following her into the blocks was freshman Carrie Dukes, who finished fourth in 2:12.21 minutes.

Sophomore Casey Papp earned a time of 24.44 in the 50-yard freestyle, beating out Ball State’s Carlena Magley who finished right behind Papp with a score of 24:46. (1-meter diving last event won consecutively)

Stearns earned another first-place, this time in the 200-yard breaststroke, while Bobcats Kelse Johnson came in third giving Ohio safe points to victory.

The Bobcats beat out the Cardinals in the last two events of the afternoon, which included the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard freestyle relay. Yet again, Stearns earned first place for the Bobcats with a time of 2:09.49 in the 200-yard IM. Ohio’s Haley Clark, Josie Barker, Tori Bagan and Casey Papp finished with a time of 3:32.49 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Ohio will be back in action again on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Bobcats will host Buffalo in another MAC dual meet as the swimmers are scheduled to take to the water 1 p.m. at the Ohio University Aquatic Center.