Ohio Swimming and Diving Wins First Meet

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Ohio women’s swimming and diving picked up its first victory of the season after defeating Marshall 197.5-107.5 on Friday. The team’s fourteen first-place finishes helped the Bobcats bring home this win.

Ohio’s first win of the night was in the 200-yard medley relay. Senior Addy Ferguson, freshman Mackenzie Hornstra, junior Laura Dawson, and senior Haley Clark touched in at 1:46.26. Dawson went on to place first in her next three events: the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.81), 200-yard backstroke (2:01.51), and 200-yard IM (2:05.79).

The Bobcats’ next win came when junior Josie Barker finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.12, followed by freshman Corrin Van Lanen at 1:54.98 in second place. Van Lanen also went on to place first in the 50-yard freestyle (23.71).

The team continued this winning streak when they brought home first, second, and third place finishes in both the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle events. Senior Addy Ferguson took the lead in the backstroke, finishing at 56.58, followed by sophomore Caroline Raley at 58.49 and Clark at 59.26. In the 100-yard freestyle, Van Lanen secured another victory after touching in at 52.39, followed by Barker at 53.00 and Clark at 53.23.

Other first place finishes included senior Ariel Hodges in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.13), senior Steph Gurke in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.29), and junior Carrie Dukes in the 100-yard butterfly (56.79).

Senior diver Haleigh Barlett also contributed to the Bobcats’ victory by placing first in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events. Barlett finished with a score of 281.47 in the 3-meter event, followed by a 281.02 in the 1-meter event. Sophomore Karissa Conner scored 196.27 in the 3-meter diving and 177.52 in the 1-meter diving to bring home fifth-place finishes in both events.

The Bobcats wrapped up the meet with both first and second place finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Ohio’s A relay of Barker, Clark, freshman Ana Henderson, and freshman Corrin Van Lanen touched in at 3:30.41, followed by the B relay of senior Bianca Hauzer, freshman Kimberly Zehnder, Dukes, and sophomore Katie Lemen at 3:37.57

The Bobcats’ next meet is in Louisville, Kentucky, where they will compete in the UofL Invitational on November 20-22.