Bobcats Fall To Buckeyes On The Road

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Continuing with this weekend’s Ohio Swimming and Diving action, the Bobcats traveled to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 9. At 1 p.m., they took to the waters, where they fell to the Buckeyes 193.5-106.5.

The meet was started off by a 400-yard individual medley relay that was taken by an Ohio State team in 50.62 seconds. Coming in second was an Ohio team consisting of Rachel Stearns, Tori Bagan, Casey Papp and Haley Clark as they reached the wall just a second and a half later.  An underclassmen heavy Ohio team came in fourth place as Addy Ferguson, Hannah Shin, Carrie Dukes and Josie Barker as they finished in 53.95.

The 1,000-yard freestyle was next in the lineup as Erin Dunseith from Ohio State took first place. Coming in second and third, respectively, were Laurin Williams with 10:22.66 and Bianca Hauzer in 10:24.63.

Bagan exploded off the blocks as the 50-yard breaststroke began, which resulted in her receiving a time of 29.67 and earning first place to contribute to the Bobcats’ score. Fellow teammates Shin, Ariel Hodges and Sarah Sams would finish fifth, sixth and ninth, respectively.

Next up was the 100-yard butterfly that proved to be a very close race for the top three finishers. Ohio’s Papp finished first with a time of 57.54, followed by Buckeye Annelise Sprau .12 seconds later, and then again for Ohio was Carrie Dukes just .08 seconds after that.

The 100-yard freestyle was won by Ohio State’s Kelly Ann Baird in 52.39 seconds and followed by teammate Ashley Vance with a finish time of 52.87. Rounding out the top three was Clark, who touched the wall 30 seconds after Baird with a time of 53.09.

The Green and White’s trend of third place continued as Stearns finished the 100-yard backstroke in 58.16, behind two Ohio State swimmers.

Another close race was the 100-yard breaststroke as all top three finishers touched the wall in just over 1:05, but .28 seconds separated Bagan at third place and Buckeye Amy Bopp at first.

Hauzer experienced the same fate as many of her teammates as she followed Ohio State’s Lindsey Clary and Katy Luchansky into the finish of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:01.76.

Fortunately for Ohio, Casey Papp was able to retake first place for the ‘Cats in the 50-yard butterfly. She finished with a time of 25.56 and was followed by two Ohio State swimmers and Dukes who finished fourth in 26.42 seconds.

The final race between the Bobcats and Buckeyes was the 200-yard freestyle relay. Ohio did not take first place, but a team comprised of Clark, Barker, Bagan and Papp would finish second at 1:37.73 and Ferguson, Michelle Gasior, Hauzer and Lauren Steele followed their teammates in with a time of 1:41.62.

In diving, Kristin Capcik took first place for the second meet in a row in the 1-meter dive with a score of 286.2. Accompanying Capcik in the top three was teammate Haleigh Bartlett who earned third place with a score of 260.7.

The second dive of the day was the 3-meter, which was won by Ohio State’s Taylor Ford. Following Ford in second place was Ohio’s Bartlett with a score of 270.45.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 21, when they travel to Christiansburg, Va., for the Hokie Invitational.