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April 26, 2006

Athletes of the Week

For the second consecutive week, Jenna Harris turned heads onthe track for the Buckeyes. At the Oregon Invitational Saturday,she swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes with NCAA regionalqualifying times of 11.72 and 23.73, respectively. The defendingBig Ten champion in the 100m currently rates 11th in the nation inthe 200m with a season-best time of 23.61. That same mark alsorates second in the Big Ten.

For her efforts at Oregon, Harris shared Big Ten Female Athlete of the Week honors with Penn State thrower Jennifer Leatherman.

Scott Green, half of Ohio State’s No. 1-ranked doubles team,helped No. 7 Ohio State secure the outright 2006 Big Ten regularseason title in men’s tennis over the weekend with two victories atNo. 1 doubles vs. Northwestern and Wisconsin. Green is 27-2 withRoss Wilson this season in doubles competition. Ohio State entersBig Ten Conference tournament play this weekend in Minneapolis asthe No. 1 seed, a first in program history. Ohio State is 22-1overall and finished 10-0 in league play. The Buckeyes will openthe conference tournament Friday against the winner of the (No. 8seed) Wisconsin vs. (No. 9) Purdue match Thursday. Ohio State’sleague title this year is the fifth for the Buckeyes in programhistory (1912-present), the last was the 2001 Big Ten ConferenceTournament title. Ohio State has won 20 or more matches insix-consecutive seasons under head coach Ty Tucker, who has guidedthe Buckeyes to NCAA team tournament play in each of his sixseasons as the Ohio State head coach. The Buckeyes are likely tomake the program’s seventh-consecutive appearance, all underTucker, this year.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 10 men’s tennis clinched the outright Big Ten title Sundaywith a win over Wisconsin 6-1 in Columbus. The win capped off aperfect Big Ten season in which the Buckeyes went 10-0. OSU entersBig Ten Conference tournament play this weekend in Minneapolis asthe No. 1 seed, a first in program history. Ohio State is 22-1overall and finished 10-0 in league play. The Buckeyes will openthe conference tournament Friday against the winner of the (No. 8seed) Wisconsin vs. (No. 9) Purdue match Thursday. Ohio State’sleague title this year is the fifth for the Buckeyes in programhistory (1912-present), the last was the 2001 Big Ten ConferenceTournament title. Ohio State has won 20 or more matches insix-consecutive seasons under head coach Ty Tucker, who has guidedthe Buckeyes to NCAA team tournament play in each of his sixseasons as the Ohio State head coach. The Buckeyes are likely tomake the program’s seventh-consecutive appearance, all underTucker, this year. The fifth-ranked rowing team competes in the2006 Big Ten Championships Saturday at Lake Phalen in St. Paul,Minn. The Buckeyes, who finished second last year by one point, aresearching for their second conference crown after winning the titlein 2002.

The Buckeyes earned the No. 1 seed in both the first and second varsity eight races for the Big Ten championships, the conference announced Monday. The Ohio State also claimed a No. 2 seed in the second varsity four race.

The first varsity eight is ranked fifth in the nation and completed its regular-season schedule, which included nine nationally-ranked opponents, with a 7-3 record. The second varsity eight was 9-3 overall while the second varsity four was 10-1. Both varsity eight boats earned back-to-back Big Ten Boat of the Week honors this season, with the 1V8 chosen April 4 and the 2V8 chosen April 11.

The field hockey team handed out its 2005 awards at the annualteam banquet Sunday at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. The banquet alsocelebrated the careers of Ohio State’s six departing seniors: LucyClayton, Katelin Condon, Leticia Fragapane (le-TE-si-afrag-a-PAAN-aie), Stacie Hassman, Renee Rossi (ROSS-ie) and LindsayWilliams. Junior Saskia Mueller (SAS-key-a) was named the team’sMVP, while sophomore Yesenia Luces (ye-SEN-e-a LU-says), who ledthe squad with 44 points, received the Most Improved Award.Freshman Linda Haussener earned the Unsung Hero Award and Rossireceived the Harriet B. Reynolds Award for highest GPA for thefourth-consecutive year. The men’s lacrosse team (6-5, 3-1 GWLL)was 1-1 at home last weekend, falling to Great Western LacrosseLeague foe Denver, 13-9, Friday, but rebounding with an 11-7victory over Air Force Sunday. The games closed out the homeportion of the Buckeyes’ 2006 schedule. Against the Falcons,sophomore Kevin Buchanan had a career-high and team season-besteight points, on four goals and four assists.

The Buckeyes close out league play with a game at Notre Dame at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The synchronized swimming team will compete in the 2006 U.S.National Championships Thursday through Saturday at the FortLauderdale Aquatic Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Becky Kim willcompete in the solo routine. Four Buckeye duos in Michelle Benzieand Julia Broadfoot, Carly Grimshaw and Chelsea Luker, Ellen Hackerand Carmen Moraes and Leah and Leayn (Lee-ann) Pinette willparticipate in the duet competition. The OSU `A’ team and theBuckeye `B’ team will see action in the team event. Ohio State alsowill play host to the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships May23-26. The four rounds of competition will be held on the OhioState University Scarlet Course. Each round will cost $10, while anall-session pass is available for $20. Practice rounds will have nocharge. A complete schedule is available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.For tickets please visit hangonsloopy.com. The women’s golf teamtravels to Bloomington, Ind., this weekend to participate in the2006 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships. The event will be playedon the Indiana University Golf Course (par 72, 6,477) Fridaythrough Sunday. Ohio State has won the last four leaguetournaments. The Buckeyes finished fifth last weekend at the LadyBuckeye Invitational in Dublin. Sophomore Carling Coffing tied for13th (221) to lead Ohio State in that event. Coffing and juniorDana Je lead Ohio State with 26 rounds played this season. Je leadsin scoring average at 75.65 per round this season. The men’s golfteam opens Big Ten Tournament play Friday at the Conway Farms GolfClub (par 72, 7,168 yards) in Lake Forest, Ill. Northwestern willbe the host school for the annual event. Teams will play 36 holesFriday followed 18 holes both Saturday and Sunday. The Buckeyes areled by junior Colin Biles. He has played a team-high 33 rounds thisseason. Biles, who tied a season-best with a 69 in the final roundof the Fossum Invitational last Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.,leads Ohio State with a team-best 73.3 scoring average per round.Baseball won its third conference series of the year by winningthree of four games at Indiana this past weekend to improve to24-12 overall and 9-7 in Big Ten play. Last week, the Buckeyes beatOakland 8-2 and then won three of four games at Indiana, winninggame one 4-3, game three 11-4 and game four 8-6. The Hoosiers wonthe second game 5-3. Eric Fryer and Ronnie Bourquin both batted.500 in the five games last week. Fryer was 9-for-18 with twotriples, a home run, four RBI and eight runs scored, while Bourquinwas 8-for-16 with a double, a triple, two home runs, eight RBI andfive runs scored. Both Dan DeLucia and J.B. Shuck won their sixthgames of the season. Ohio State, which plays host to ClevelandState Wednesday at noon, steps back into conference play when itwelcomes Purdue to Bill Davis Stadium a four-game series thisweekend. The series opens Friday with a single game at 6:35 p.m.and will be followed with a pair of games Saturday at 1:35 p.m.before concluding Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Games one,three and four of the series will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI.Fireworks return at Bill Davis Stadium for the first time thisseason. It also will be Roosters’ Dime-A-Wing night. Nickelodeon’sSpongeBob will be at the game Saturday and Sunday is The Zoo at OSUwith animals from the Columbus Zoo at the game. Tom Ryan has beennamed the new head wrestling coach. Ryan, a 1993 graduate of Iowa,comes to Ohio State after spending the past 11 years at the helm ofthe Hofstra wrestling program. He compiled a 109-82-2 record atHofstra and led the Pride to a 47-match (46-0-1) conferenceunbeaten streak in dual-match action dating back to 1999. The FifthAnnual Connor Senn Memorial Match raised $19,000 last Wednesdaynight as the men’s soccer team hosted the Columbus Crew. The twoteams played to a 1-1 tie in front of a record-crowd of 1,958. Thesoftball team is in third place in the Big Ten with a 10-4 leaguerecord and is 32-17 overall for the program’s 10th 30-win seasonand sixth under head coach Linda Kalafatis, who won her 600thcareer game Sunday. The Buckeyes host Wright State Wednesday beforetraveling to Iowa and Wisconsin for games this weekend. JuniorJamee Juarez threw her 17th career shutout Sunday as OSU sweptMichigan State in its Scarlet & Gray Game to improve to 17-2 athome this season. Women’s lacrosse (3-11 overall, 1-3 AmericanLacrosse Conference) lost 19-12 to Penn State Friday and defeatedRobert Morris, 20-2 Sunday in action last week. Against Penn State,Jessica Patane and Lindsay Weiner scored three goals each withKelyn Laws adding two goals and two assists. Laws, Lauren Traficantand Andrea Fischer scored three goals each against Robert Morris.Kristen Hannon (2-3), Laws (3-2) and Keri Yourick (2-3) collectedfive points each in the victory. The Buckeyes close out the seasonwith home games against Northwestern Friday and Rutgers Sunday.15th-ranked men’s volleyball (20-11) has advanced to the MidwesternIntercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament semifinals with a3-1 (27-30, 30-22, 30-28, 30-22) victory over Quincy last Saturdayin St. John Arena. Andy Cole had a team-high 21.5 points with 20kills (.444), three digs and three assist blocks. Sam Stevens cameoff the bench with 15 points, recording 14 kills (.444), four digsand two assist blocks. Stuart Katz added 14 points with 12 kills,13 digs and two assist blocks. John Albertson also collected 14points with 11 kills (.543), three digs and four blocks (1-4).Libero Connor Martin recorded 12 digs in the match.

Fourth-seed Ohio State, the defending MIVA Tournament Champion, will face top seed Loyola (22-6) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT, in Loyola’s Alumni Gym. Second seed IPFW (21-6) and third seed Ball State (21-6) play the first semifinal match at 5 p.m. The semifinal winners play at 4 p.m. CT Saturday for the MIVA Tournament Championship and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship semifinals, May 4 at Penn State.

The women’s tennis team (13-12; 3-7 Big Ten) returns to actionthis week at the Big Ten Championship held in Champaign, Ill. Infirst round action, the Buckeyes face Illinois (7-14; 2-8 Big Ten)at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday at the Atkins Tennis Center. The winner ofthe contest moves on to face No. 2-seed Iowa (17-4; 9-1 Big Ten) at3 p.m. EDT Friday.

Last weekend, the Buckeyes dropped a pair of Big Ten matches to close out the regular season. Ohio State was defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers, 5-2, April 22, then fell to Northwestern, 7-0, April 23.

Jim Foster, Ohio State’s fourth-year women’s basketball headcoach, was named 2006 Columbus Dispatch Ohio Coach of the Year forthe second year in a row Sunday and third time in the last fourseasons. Foster gained a total of 57 points in voting completed byOhio’s women’s basketball coaches.

Foster, who recorded career win No. 600 during the 2005-06 campaign, has fronted the Buckeyes to a 59-8 (.880) record in the last two seasons. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has guided the Buckeyes to their first back-to-back Big Ten titles since the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. Last year, Ohio State also gained its first outright league title since the 1985-86 season and the program’s initial Big Ten tournament crown. In his career, Foster is 606-253 (.705) and has amassed a 102-28 (.784) mark with the Buckeyes.

Members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams competedat two meets this weekend. Part of the squad traveled to the OregonInvitational, while other student-athletes went to the CardinalInvitational in Louisville.

At Oregon, Jenna Harris swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes with NCAA regional qualifying times of 11.72 and 23.73, respectively. Ayrizanna Favours joined Harris in the winners circle with the top time in the 400m (54.37). For the men, Tony Cole was runner up in the 100m (10.53) and Todd Dutch placed third in the 200m (21.38). Also, Jeff See captured second place in the men’s mile in 4:04.97, a qualifying time for the NCAA regional.

In the field at Oregon, Jessica Stringer cleared a second-place mark in the high jump (5 feet, 7 3/4 inches). For the men, Brandon Catcher reached 49-3 for a third-place finish in the triple jump and recorded a NCAA regional qualifier.

At Louisville, Senior Kevin Buffy won the men’s steeplechase (9:30.05), while Melanie Price took top honors for the women in 10:51.08. Leonard Jades posted first- and third-place throws in the hammer (185-8) and the shot (54-6 3/4), while Pat Whalen placed ahead of Jatsek in the shot (55-3). For the women, Keturah Lofton led several Top 5 Buckeyes, taking second in the hammer. In the jumps, Veronica Vance cleared a regional mark of 40-11 1/4 to win the triple jump.

The Buckeyes are back in action next week at the Penn Relays or the Hillsdale Distance Carnival.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, April 26 – Sunday, April 30

Wednesday, April 26
Baseball vs. Cleveland State, Noon
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Wright State, 5 and 7 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, April 27
Synchronized Swimming at U.S. Senior National Championships
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Track at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Women’s Tennis vs. Illinois, 11 a.m.
Big Ten Tournament
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s Volleyball at Loyola, 7:30 p.m.
MIVA Semifinals
Chicago, Ill.

Friday, April 28
Synchronized Swimming at U.S. Senior National Championships, 10:30 a.m.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Men’s Tennis vs. Wisconsin or Purdue, 11 a.m.
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Tennis vs. Iowa, 3 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Champaign, Ill.

Softball at Iowa, 6 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Baseball vs. Purdue, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Chicago, Ill.

Track at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Track at Hillsdale Distance Carnival
Hillsdale, Mich.

Saturday, April 29
Synchronized Swimming at U.S. Senior National Championships, 10:30 a.m.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan or Indiana, 11 a.m.
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Minneapolis, Minn.

Softball at Iowa, Noon
Iowa City, Iowa

Baseball vs. Purdue, 1:35 and 4:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse at Notre Dame, 3 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Chicago, Ill.

Rowing at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Volleyball vs. IPFW/Ball State, 4 p.m.
MIVA Championship
Chicago, Ill.

Track at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday, April 30
Softball at Wisconsin, Noon and 2 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Tennis Big Ten Tournament Championship, 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Tennis Big Ten Tournament Championship, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball vs. Purdue, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Chicago, Ill.