Bobcats Topple Denison After Extended Break

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Swimming and Diving got back on the blocks after an extended break against Denison in a close matchup ending in Ohio’s favor at 157-143.

The Bobcats dominated the 200-yard breaststroke as Rachel Stearns, Addy Ferguson and Myriah Ariza-Balter came away with the first three places, in that order.

Ferguson was also able to take first in 100-yard backstroke, and accompanied by teammates in the 200-medley relay.

Helping Ferguson in the 200-medley relay was Tori Bagan, Casey Papp and Haley Clark. This quartet earned first in just 1:44.96, along with 11 points for the ‘Cats total.

Bagan continued her excellent performance in the 100-yard breaststroke coming in just .24 seconds before Denison opponents, touching the wall at 1:06.58. Her first place finish added nine more points to the Bobcat totals.

Teammate Rachel Stearns followed Ferguson in the 100-yard backstroke in second place and was able to finish the 400-yard IM in 4:32.14, earning first place. 

Laurin Williams represented Ohio in the endurance segment of the meet as she took first place in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

The diving team had another strong showing, sweeping each event. Haleigh Bartlett started off the placing well by taking first place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 310.05. Following her were teammates Kristin Capcik and Morgan Srail with second and third place, respectively.

The trio was able maintain all three positions in the 3-meter dive, just in a different order. Srail led this time with a 328.5, followed by Bartlett, then Capcik.

Between the two events, the diving team amassed 32 points, contributing its counterpart’s total.

The Bobcats will begin conference competition against the Akron Zips on Jan. 25.