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Feb. 20, 2007

Athletes of the Week

Teresa Meyer took first place honors in all five events at theMid-West Pistol Sectional Championships hosted by Ohio State. Inthe open events, she recorded scores of 515 in free pistol, 529 instandard pistol and 557 in air pistol. In the women’s events, Meyerfinished first in sport pistol with a 571 and first in air pistolwith a 368. Sprinter Anthony Cole raced to a facility record timein winning the 60-meter dash. His mark of 6.69 topped the formerFrench Field House standard of 6.74, held by three-time BuckeyeAll-American Joel Brown, who ran at Ohio State from 2001-04. Cole’s60m time is ranked No. 10 in the country this season and standssecond all-time at Ohio State, behind John Burrell’s 6.65 set in1995.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s basketball team won its fifth-consecutive roadcontest in the Big Ten and the sixth of the season at MinnesotaSunday to improve to 24-3 overall and 12-1 in the Big Ten. TheBuckeyes have won 10 Big Ten games in succession without a loss forthe first time since 1971. The 85-67 victory over the Gophers wasorchestrated by freshman point guard Mike Conley, who tied careerhighs with 10 assists and five steals. His efforts helped fourteammates reach double figures. Classmate Greg Oden led theBuckeyes with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior Ron Lewisfollowed with 16 points.

The win sets up a week with crucial home games against Penn State Wednesday (8 p.m./ESPN Plus/WBNS 10 TV) and Wisconsin Sunday (4 p.m./CBS). Ohio State’s 11-game overall win streak impressed media voters enough for them to rate the Buckeyes No. 1 nationally in the latest Associated Press Poll. The lofty perch marks the first time since the end of the 1962 season the Buckeyes attained the No. 1 spot in the media poll. The Buckeyes also are No. 1 this week in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Ohio State reached No. 1 in that ranking for the first time earlier this season just prior to the Nov. 29 game at North Carolina.

The No. 5 ranked women’s basketball (24-2, 13-1 Big Ten) teamwill celebrate senior night vs. Penn State Thursday. The class ofStephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins will behonored in a pregame ceremony before the Buckeyes take the floorand attempt to clinch at least a share of their third-consecutiveBig Ten title. Last week, the Buckeyes split a pair of games.Ashlee Trebilcock netted a career-best 15 points in an 83-57 winover Wisconsin. Ohio State’s 17-game overall win streak, 30-gameBig Ten run and 27-game home string was snapped in a loss to No. 24Michigan State, 62-59, Sunday. The men’s swimming and diving teamrecorded a third-place finish with 495 points at the Men’s Big TensSwimming and Diving championships. The place is the highest the menhave finished since 1996. During the three-day competition, theBuckeyes posted 24 NCAA consideration standards, 39 lifetime besttimes and broke eight school records.

Ohio State became the first conference team in 12 years to sweep the diving events. Wes Wieser, Burkley Showe and Kellen Harkness each won a diving event to be named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Showe was awarded the Co-Freshman of the Year accolade and also shared diver of the championship honors with Harkness. Harkness also earned Big Ten Diver of the Year honors. Head diving coach Vince Panzano was named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for a sixth time. Nate King and Joe Doyle were each named to the All-Big Ten Second Team or their second place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

The men’s hockey team split its two-game series atNebraska-Omaha, with a 4-3 victory last Friday and a 2-1 loss inovertime last Saturday. Senior Andrew Schembri led the Buckeyeswith a career-high tying three points in the win, while MathieuBeaudoin scored for the Buckeyes Saturday. The win Friday clinchedhome ice for the first round of the CCHA playoffs for the Buckeyes.Ohio State will host the best-of-three series March 2-4.

The Buckeyes will wrap up the regular season with a two-game home series against Michigan this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena (17,500).

The 10th-ranked women’s hockey team secured home ice for thefirst round of the WCHA playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win againstMinnesota State Friday and completed the sweep with a 6-4 victorySaturday at OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes trailed 3-0 at one point inthe game Friday. Erin Keys scored with 3:10 remaining in regulationto bring OSU within one goal and Lisa Chesson completed thecomeback, scoring an extra attacker goal with just :08 on the clockto send the game into overtime. Hayley Klassen jammed the puck intothe back of the MSU net 3:03 into the extra session for thevictory. Senior Amber Bowman had two assists in the game Friday toset the Ohio State record for career scoring by a defenseman with101 points. She also is just the third Buckeye in program historyto surpass the 100-point milestone. Keys scored her first careerhat trick Saturday and added an assist for her second four-pointgame of the season to lead the Buckeyes to a 6-4 win and completethe sweep of the season series vs. Minnesota State. Chesson hadthree assists and Morgan Marziali had a goal and an assist to alsofinish with multiple-point games.

Fourth-seeded Ohio State will face No. 5 Minnesota State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, Feb. 23-25. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The third game of the best-of-three series, if necessary, would begin at 1:07 p.m. Sunday.

The No. 2 men’s tennis team (10-1) fell to top ranked Georgia(8-0) in the title match of the 2007 USTA/ITA National Men’s TeamIndoor Championship. The Bulldogs handed the Buckeyes their firstloss of the season. It was the first time since 1996 that the toptwo seeds met in the Championship match. OSU beat 15th seededStanford (4-0), No. 5 Baylor (4-2) and No. 3 UCLA (4-2) to reachthe first national championship match in program history. TheBuckeyes won their first 10 matches for the first time since 1988when OSU opened the season at 14-0. The women’s tennis team losttwo matches in Williamsburg, Va., falling to Marshall, 5-2, and No.12-ranked William and Mary, 6-1. Against Marshall, freshmanChristina Keesey posted a singles win, while the team won thedoubles point after wins from the tandems of Sonia Ruzimovsky andCaitlin O’Keefe and Julie Blackmore and Keesey. Against the Tribe,sophomore Julie Voss won at No. 6 singles, while senior KristinMessmer and Ciara Finucane won in doubles.

The team will travel to Kentucky for three matches this weekend. Ohio State will face Auburn in a neutral-site match in Louisville at 10 a.m. Friday. Saturday, the Buckeyes will go up against Louisville at 10 a.m. in Louisville, Ky., and then travel to Richmond, Ky., to face Eastern Kentucky at 7:15 p.m.

The pistol team shot a 6,139 team score in the Mid-West PistolSectional hosted by Ohio State at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range inConverse Hall. Scores from ten sectionals will determine the squadsthat will advance to the National Collegiate Championships, March13-17, at the U.S. Military Academy. The announcement of team’sadvancing should be made in two weeks. OSU’s Teresa Meyer finishedfirst in all three open events, shooting a 515 in free pistol, a529 in standard pistol and a 557 in air pistol. OSU’s Nate Hamm wassecond in free (493) with Kristin Schmid third at 490. In standardpistol, Schmid was second at 521 with Judson Burns taking third at519. Carl Packmayer of the OSU Pistol Club was second in air pistolat 533 with Ryan Devine taking third at 530. In the women’s events,Meyer took first win sport with a 571 and air with a 368. Schmidtook second in both, 561 in sports and 353 in air while LaurenDiefenderfer finished third in sport at 514 and in air at 347. Therifle team returns to action Saturday, shooting in the WesternIntercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships. The women’s trackand field team played host to the Buckeye Invitational Saturday inFrench Field House. Sophomore Ayrizanna Favours clocked apersonal-best time of 7.43 to win the 60-meter dash. VeronicaJatsek had season-best and winning marks in both throw events.Favours’ 60m mark rates fifth all-time at Ohio State and serves asa provisional qualifier for the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.

In the field, Jatsek posted a 2007 best with a winning mark of 49-7 3/4 in the shot. She added a winning heave in the weight as well, measuring 68-0 1/2. Her mark in the weight served as a NCAA provisional qualifier. Jessica Stringer scored a season-best height to tie for first in the high jump. She cleared 5-11 1/4. Kim Willet’s 11-6 1/4 mark was good enough to win the pole vault, while Veronica Vance hit the top measure in the triple at 39-3 1/4.

The men’s track and field team played host to the BuckeyeInvitational Saturday in French Field House. The Buckeyes tuned upfor the Big Ten championships next week in Bloomington, Ind., withseveral solid performances in both the running and field events.Junior Tony Cole raced to a facility record time in winning the60-meter dash. His mark of 6.69 topped the former French FieldHouse standard of 6.74, held by three-time Buckeye All-AmericanJoel Brown, who ran at Ohio State from 2001-04. Cole’s 60m time isranked No. 10 in the country this season and stands second all-timeat Ohio State, behind John Burrell’s 6.65 set in 1995.

Several Buckeyes posted season-best marks in the throws. Lenny Jatsek posted a winner the weight, hitting 66 feet, 7 inches. His mark was an NCAA provisional qualifier and ranks near the Top 10 nationally. Teammate Dave Ebersole was second at 60-6. On his second attempt, Pat Whalen heaved 60-2 to take the top spot in the shot put and earn a provisional qualifier. Jatsek was third in the shot at 54-3 1/4.

Men’s volleyball defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-26, 30-26,30-25) Saturday and is now 11-1 on the season. Dan Meske had ateam-high 14 kills against the Patriots with Sam Stevens and LayneDreven adding 11 each. Robbie Klein contributed a match-high fourace serves and eight kills.

Ohio State (2-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) returns to conference play this week when they host Lewis (9-3, 4-3 MIVA) Friday and seventh-ranked IPFW (9-1, 4-1 MIVA) Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.

The wrestling team is preparing for postseason action, as itwill travel to East Lansing, Mich., March 3-4 for the 2007Wrestling Big Ten Championships at the Jack Breslin Student EventsCenter. Michigan State University is serving as the host school.The Buckeyes concluded the regular season with an 8-7 overallrecord, including a 4-4 mark in the Big Ten Conference.

Individually, three wrestlers finished the regular season with 20 or more wins. Freshman Lance Palmer posted a 26-11 mark at 149 pounds, senior Chris Vondruska recorded a 28-12 record at 165 pounds and J.D. Bergman finished the regular season with a 20-6 ledger at 197 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Pucillo was just one win shy from the 20-win mark, as he compiled a 19-1 overall record, which included a 7-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Palmer also posted a 7-1 record in the conference.

The men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 18-ranked North Carolina,14-10, Saturday in Baltimore, Md. Buckeye sophomore Joel Dalgarnoled the squad with four goals and senior Eric O’Brien had a goaland an assist for the first multiple-point game of his career.

The Buckeyes will play two games this week the squad will face Wagner at noon Friday (Feb. 23) on the Robert Morris campus in Pittsburgh and will host Harvard at noon Sunday Feb. 25.

Women’s lacrosse opens the 2007 season playing at Robert MorrisFriday. The synchronized swimming team improved its record to 9-0when it tallied 100 points to outdistance Canisius (89) and Keuka(75) last Saturday at the Weeds Physical Arts Center in Keuka, N.Y.The Scarlet and Gray will return to the road Saturday when ittravels to Canton, Ohio, for the Walsh Invitational.

Ohio State won three of four events, placing first in trio, duo and the team competition. The group of Barbara Nesbitt, Leah Pinette and Hannah Shively notched an 89.500 for first place in trio. Classmates Ellen Hacker, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart were second with an 86.667.

The pair of Hacker and Stewart finished with top honors in duet, scoring a 91.167. In exhibition action, the duo of Brooke Paul and Jackie Mundy tallied 86.833 points, which faired better than four duet routines.

The Scarlet Team continued to dominate the team portion, as it recorded a 93.167, more than three points ahead of its nearest opponent. The team from Canisius finished second with a mark of 89.833, while the Ohio State Gray Team was third with an 88.333.

The women’s golf team sent three student-athletes to compete asindividuals at the Central District Invitational. Sophomores GemmaWebster, Jennifer Cassidy and Emma Jandel competed in the first tworounds of the two-day, 54-hole invitational Monday at RiverWilderness Golf Club.

All three Buckeyes finished in the Top 45. Webster led the way for the Buckeyes shooting a 147 for the first two rounds, on the par-72 course, placing her tied for fifth. Jandel followed close behind tied for 19th with a score of 150 and Cassidy concluded the day tied for 45th place shooting a 156. The final 18 holes of competition will conclude Tuesday.

The men’s golf team is playing at the Rio Pinar IntercollegiateFeb. 19-20 in Orlando, Fla., at the Rio Pinar Country Club. Thismarks the team’s first appearance at the tournament. In their lastouting, the Buckeyes finished in 11th place at the GatorInvitational (Feb. 10-11). The Baseball Buckeyes open the seasonthis weekend by playing host to the Buckeye Classic at the New YorkYankees Player Development Center in Tampa, Fla. Ohio State beginsthe season Friday with a single game vs. James Madison at 1 p.m.before playing a doubleheader vs. Kansas State Saturday at 1 p.m.The Buckeyes will close the tournament vs. Seton Hall Sunday at 1p.m. Ohio State, which finished 37-21 last year and third in theBig Ten with a 19-12 record, will play 17 games in Florida beforeits home opener March 28 vs. Toledo. The Buckeyes have been pickedto finish either first or second in the Big Ten and have beenpicked as high as 30th nationally in preseason polls. The teamreturns five position starters and all four starting pitchers fromlast season’s squad which led the Big Ten in batting average andteam earned run average. The softball team heads to Palm Springs,Calif., this weekend for five games, including four against Top 25opponents. The Buckeyes (2-3) will face BYU and No. 21 Fresno StateFriday, No. 10 Texas and No. 11 Cal Saturday and No. 12 OklahomaSunday. Ohio State had a week off last week after opening the 2007season in Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 9-11. Senior Nycole Koyano leads theBuckeyes with a .429 average, while junior Brittany Vanderink ishitting .357. The men’s gymnastics team, ranked fourth in thenation, competes against Penn State Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rec Hallin University Park, Pa. This trip is the first of three roadchallenges for Ohio State. Heading into March, the squad visits No.3 Oklahoma (March 3) and No. 8 California (March 10) beforereturning home to host No. 1 Michigan (March 17). The No. 18women’s gymnastics team will take to the road for a co-ed meet at 7p.m. Saturday at Penn State. Last week the Buckeyes defeated hostPittsburgh with a team season high, 195.025-191.875. Leading theway was junior Kaylan Clevinger, who won the all-around for thesecond time this season with a 39.00. The fencing team has a weekoff this week before traveling to Notre Dame March 3-4 for theMidwest Conference championships, where the Buckeyes will aim fortheir fifth-consecutive league title.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 20 – Feb. 28

Feb. 20
Women’s Golf at Central District Invitational, All Day
Parrish, Fla.

Men’s Golf at Rio Pinar Intercollegiate Tournament, All Day
Orlando, Fla.

Feb. 21
Men’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Feb. 22
Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Feb. 23
Baseball vs. James Madison, 1 p.m.
Tampa, Fla.

Softball vs. BYU, 5:30 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Softball vs. Fresno State, 8 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Men’s Lacrosse at Wagner, Noon
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Women’s Lacrosse at Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Lewis, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey WCHA First Round, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Feb. 24
Baseball vs. Kansas State, 1 p.m.
Tampa, Fla.

Baseball vs. Kansas State, 1 p.m.
Tampa, Fla.

Softball vs. Texas, 1 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Women’s Tennis vs. Auburn, 10 a.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Men’s Tennis at LSU, 11 a.m.
Baton Rouge, La.

Men’s Swimming Last Ditch, Noon
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Ice Hockey WCHA First Round, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Volleyball vs. IPFW, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s Gymnastics at Penn State, 7 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Gymnastics at Penn State, 7 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, 8:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Synchronized Swimming at Walsh Invitational, TBA
Canton, Ohio

Men’s Track at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
Bloomington, Ind.

Fencing at Northwestern Duals, TBA
Evanston, Ill.

Rifle at Western Intercollegiate Conference Championship, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
Champaign, Ill.

Feb. 25
Men’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Basketball at Michigan, 2 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Louisville, 10 a.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Harvard, Noon
Columbus, Ohio
North Turf Field

Women’s Tennis at EKU, 7:15 p.m.
Richmond, Ky.

Women’s Ice Hockey WCHA First Round, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Track at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
Champaign, Ill.