Speedway Ohio State Good Stuff Athletes of the Week
Steven Moneke, a senior captain of the national runners-up Ohio State men’s tennis team, lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Ole Miss freshman Devin Britton in the final of the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship May 25 in College Station, Texas. A native of Alten-Buseck, Germany, Moneke finishes the 2008-09 campaign with a 45-5 overall record, which ties Roger Smith (1983-1986) for first on the program’s all-time single season wins list set during the 1986 campaign. Moneke finishes his four-year Buckeye career with a program-best 146 career singles wins.
In addition, Moneke, who was named to the 2009 Men’s NCAA Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team last week at No. 2 singles, became the first student-athlete in program history to advance to the NCAA final after Ernie Fernandez (1979-82) advanced as far as the semifinals at the 1980 NCAA Singles Championship.
Courtney Pruner powered the offense of the Ohio State softball team in the squad’s first appearance at the NCAA Super Regional May 21-22 at Georgia. Pruner hit a three-run homerun in the top of the third of the Buckeye’s first game and followed with a grand slam, the first of her career, in the bottom of the first inning of game two.
The Akron, Ohio, native recorded 12 home runs in 2009 and has 26 for her career, moving to within three of taking over the No. 3 spot on the Buckeye career chart.
Athletics Good Stuff
The Ohio State Department of Athletics held the 42nd-annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner Recognizing Academic Excellence May 20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to honor its student-athletes for their academic and athletic accomplishments. A record 493 OSU Scholar-Athletes were recognized at the event and a number of senior awards were given out.
The winners of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor were field hockey standout Linda Haussener and football receiver Brian Robiskie. Each member institution in the conference gives the award annually to the male and female athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. The Big Ten Conference office established the award in 1914 for men and an additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. This honor includes a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Five Ohio State student-athletes have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV at-large awards, CoSIDA announced Thursday. Four Buckeyes Jake Bateman, Liana Bonanno, Alyssa Meyer and Sean Moore were first team picks and are automatically in the running for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors to be announced early June. Brad Smith was named to the second team. To be eligible for the Academic All-District teams, student-athletes must be in their sophomore academic years or higher with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30.
No. 26 Baseball (40-17; 18-6 and Big Ten Champion)
Head coach: Bob Todd
Down three runs in the sixth inning, the Buckeyes manufactured two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings for the 7-4 come-from-behind win over Illinois May 21 to advance to play Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.
In the third day of the tournament, Indiana patiently and meticulously scored 10 runs off 11 hits in the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open and then went on defeat No. 1-seed Ohio State, 13-3, May 22 at Huntington Park.
Ohio State was eliminated from the 2009 Big Ten tournament May 23, 9-6, by No. 2 seed Minnesota. After the tournament, the Buckeyes were invited into the NCAA championship field as the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional and will play No. 2-seed and 37-22 Georgia at noon May 29 on ESPNU. Host and No. 1-seed Florida State and No. 4 Marist are the other schools in the four-team Tallahassee Regional.
Starting pitcher Alex Wimmers recorded nine strikeouts vs. the Illini to give him 131 on the season and rank alongside Ohio State great Steve Arlin on the all-time single season lists. Wimmers sits in the No. 2 spot while Arlin holds the all-time record with 165 (1965), as well as the No. 3 spot with 129 (1966).
Ohio State, 2009 Big Ten Champions, saw eight players be named first- or second-team All-Big Ten with Wimmers selected as the co-Pitcher of the Year and Dan Burkhart named the Player of the Year May 19 Huntington Park.
In addition, head coach Bob Todd, who guided a team that was picked in the preseason publications to finish anywhere from third to fifth, was a unanimous choice as the league’s coach of the year. The honor represents the fifth time Todd has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Wimmers and Burkhart, both sophomores, were joined on the All-Big Ten first team by junior designated hitter Ryan Dew and senior closer Jake Hale. Named to the All-Big Ten second team were senior captain and third baseman Justin Miller, junior second baseman Cory Kovanda, junior center fielder Michael Stephens and sophomore starting pitcher Dean Wolosiansky. Kovanda also was named as the sportsmanship award winner from Ohio State.
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Tournament, May 29-31 in TBA
Head coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State finished in a tie for third at the NCAA Central Regional May 16 to advance to the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes, who are making their first championship appearance since 1998, will battle for the national title in their home state at Inverness Club in Toledo, May 26-30.
This will be the 19th NCAA championship head coach Jim Brown has led the Buckeyes to, and the program’s 30th championship appearance overall.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, May 27-30 in Toledo, Ohio
No. 25 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
Ohio State concluded its 2008-09 season with a final round of 310 at the 2009 NCAA Championships May 22 at Caves Valley Golf Club. The Buckeyes closed with their lowest round of the event and finished in 24th place with a total of 1,258 on the par 72, 6,443-yard course.
Leading Ohio State during the final round was senior co-captain Gemma Webster. The two-time Second Team All-Big Ten honoree closed out her career with a 1-under 71 the lowest round a Buckeye in the tournament. Starting off the No. 10 tee, the Glasgow native birdied three of her first eight holes before a double-bogey on the hole 18.
Head coach: Nick Myers
For the second-consecutive season, attackman Joel Dalgarno was named an honorable mention USILA All-American May 22. Dalgarno ends his career as Ohio State’s all-time leader with 126 career goals. He is second in the Ohio State record book in assists (101) and points (227), both behind Terry Gilmore, who set the standards with 127 assists and 250 points from 1976-79. Dalgarno had at least one point in each of his last 22 games (52-39-91) with the Buckeyes.
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
For the 10th-consecutive year, Ohio State earned a bid to the NCAA championships May 18. The 2009 NCAA Championships are May 29-31 at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. Villanova will serve as the event’s host. A web cast of all the races at the NCAA championships will be available at ncaa.com.
Seniors Susanne Herbrand and Peta-Leigh Dakyns were named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Central Region team May 24. Herbrand was a first-team selection and Dakyns earned second-team honors.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, May 29-31 in Camden, N.J.
No. 11 Softball (47-11; 16-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
Courtney Pruner hit a three-run homerun in the top of the third inning that gave Ohio State a four-run lead, but sixth-seeded Georgia scored six unanswered runs to give the Buckeyes a 6-4 loss in the NCAA Super Regional May 21 at UGA Softball Stadium.
In a scene all too familiar, Pruner again powered the offense for Ohio State that gave it an early lead vs. Georgia one that would be overcome by the Bulldogs with six unanswered runs for a 7-6 win May 22 in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at UGA Softball Stadium. The Buckeyes end their season with a 47-11 record, the second-most wins in program history.
Pruner hit a grand slam, the first of her career, in the bottom of the first inning to give Ohio State a 4-1 lead May 22 after hitting a three-run homer vs. Georgia May 21. The Akron, Ohio, native now has 12 homers on the season and 26 for her career, moving to within three of taking over the No. 3 spot on the Buckeye career chart.
No. 3 Men’s Tennis (36-2; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
After advancing to its first national championship final match in school history, No. 3-seed Ohio State fell short to No. 8-seed USC, 4-1, May 19 at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. The Buckeyes finish another memorable season setting the school record for most wins in a single season (36), longest dual match win streak (28) and best-single season winning percentage (.947).
The loss in the final against the Trojans snaps the Buckeyes’ 28 match win streak, which began Feb. 15 with a 4-0 win against UCLA in a consolation match at the 2009 ITA Team Indoor Championships in Chicago. Ohio State is now 1-3 all-time against USC (25-5).
Under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, who was named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year May 19, the Buckeyes are 22-10 overall in NCAA play. This season, Tucker led Ohio State to its first national championship final appearance after taking the Buckeyes to four previous quarterfinal appearances in the tournament (2004, ’06, ’07 and ’08). Tucker also led the Buckeyes to a school record 10 straight 20-win seasons.
In a season full of firsts, Ohio State continued the trend as two Buckeyes were named to the 2009 Men’s NCAA Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team for the first time in program history. Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge were all-tournament selections at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.
In singles action, Moneke defeated No. 18 Enrique Oliveras of East Tennessee State, 6-3, 6-3, May 21 and advanced to his third-career quarterfinal appearance after defeating 36th-ranked Jay Weinacker in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, May 22 at the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship.
No. 9 Moneke continued to press forward in the singles championships, defeating fifth-seed Bruno Agostinelli of Kentucky, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, May 23 in a quarterfinal match to advance to the semifinals. Moneke became just the second Buckeye in program history to advance to the semifinals of the singles championship after Ernie Fernandez (1979-82) advanced to the semifinals at the 1980 NCAA Singles Championship.
On May 24, Moneke became the program’s first NCAA championships singles finalist after defeating 26th-ranked Sanam Singh of Virginia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in the semifinals. He fell to Ole Miss freshman Devin Britton in the finals May 25 to end his career with a 45-5 ledger, including a 23-3 record in NCAA play.
No. 3-seed Bryan Koniecko, a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year (’07 and ’08), lost his second-round match against No. 21-ranked Alex Clayton of Stanford in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1, May 21. Koniecko, who won the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Championship last fall, finishes his final Buckeye season with a 37-7 overall record.
In doubles, Kronauge and Moneke paired up to defeat No. 36 Damon Gooch and Philip Nemec of Elon, 7-5, 6-4, May 21.
Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
Nine Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors May 20. Ohio State swept both relay events in the 4×100 and 4x400m relays at the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. But highlighting the first-teamers was senior Patrick Woods. Woods won the Big Ten title in the decathlon after gutting out two days of intense competition. He placed third in the long jump, first in the shot put, third in the high jump, second in the 110 hurdles, first in the discus, third in the pole vault and seventh in a grueling 1500m dash to clinch the win.
Also named to the first team were James Manley, Curtis Leuenberger (who ran in both relay events), Lamaar Thomas and Chimdi Chekwa from the winning 4×100 team, as well as Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson and Thomas Murdaugh from the champion 4×400 squad. In the 4×100, Ohio State used four near-perfect exchanges to take the title with a regional qualifying time of 40.63. In the 4×400, Ohio State ran an RQ time of 3:09.61.
Leuenberger, who helped total 28 points in all for the Buckeyes, also finished second in the 200m dash in a season-best time of 21.07. Murdaugh also finished second in the 400m dash with a personal record time of 46.26
Patrick Whalen, who was Ohio State’s top scorer with 14 points among individuals, was named to the second team after a personal record throw of 18.58m in the shot secured a second-place finish. He also picked up six points in the discus, finishing third in the finals with a toss of 51.53m.
Coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten championships, Ohio State will compete at the NCAA Regionals May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky.
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky.
at NCAA Championships, TBA June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
at USATF Track and Field Championships, TBA June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.
Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Five Buckeyes were named to the All-Big Ten first and second teams May 20. Named to the first team in recognition of their win in the 4x400m relay were Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Ayrizanna Favours and Shaniqua McGinnis. McGinnis ran a spirited final leg to give Ohio State the title in the final event on the final day of 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last weekend. The team finished in a regional qualifying time of 3:38.33. Their best time of the season came two weeks ago at the Jesse Owens Classic in a time of 3:35.98.
Letecia Wright was named to the second team after placing second in the finals of the 100m hurdles with her RQ time of 13.43. Her best time this season was a 13.34 at the Raleigh Relays in late March. Wright was a first-team selection last season after helping the 4x100m relay team to a Big Ten title and a school-record time in the prelims.
The 2009 outdoor season continues for Ohio State as it travels to Louisville, Ky., to compete at the NCAA Regional championships May 29-30.
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky.
at NCAA Championships, TBA June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Head coach: Tom Ryan
Reese Humphrey was one of six wrestlers awarded 2009 U.S. World Team Trials freestyle wildcards. The U.S. World Team Trials, presented by the U.S. Marines, are May 30-31 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Athletics Weekly Calendar (May 27-June 28)
MGLF at NCAA Championships, TBA in Toledo, Ohio
MTRK at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA in Louisville, Ky.
WTRK at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA in Louisville, Ky.
ROW at NCAA Championships, TBA in Camden, N.J.
MTRK at NCAA Championships, TBA in Fayetteville, Ark.
WTRK at NCAA Championships, TBA in Fayetteville, Ark.
MTRK at USATF Track and Field Championships, TBA in Eugene, Ore.