Student-Athletes of the Week
• Junior diver Katie Bell captured a national championship by winning the 10-meter platform event at the AT&T National Diving Championships Aug. 15 at the Marcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Bell captured the national title by scoring 346.95 points to finish ahead of Casey Matthews of Purdue (315.05) and defending platform champion Michelle Cabassol (309.00). The AT&T National Diving Championships is one of USA Diving’s most prestigious events. Approximately 125 of the nation’s best divers competed for 10 national titles and to begin their quest for the London 2012 Olympics.
Bell, from Columbus, is a senior academically and a junior athletically. This past season she earned All-America honors after taking fifth at the NCAA championships on the 10-meter platform event. She was second in the event at the Big Ten championships.
• Chase Buchanan, a sophomore on the men’s tennis team, earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., by winning the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 18 National Hard Court Singles championship Aug. 16 in Kalamazoo, Mich. A central Ohio native from New Albany and No. 2-seed, Buchanan downed eighth seed Ryan Lipman of Nashville, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. He will learn who he next faces at noon Aug. 27 as ESPNews televises the U.S. Open draw.
Buchanan, who joined the Buckeyes this past spring, quickly earned a playing spot at No. 6 singles during the regular season and postseason. He helped the team to an appearance in the NCAA team championships final against USC. He finished his freshman year with an 11-4 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
Athletics Good Stuff
• Good news for fans who attend Ohio State sporting events: four more athletic department intercollegiate sports – men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s gymnastics – will now feature home events that are free to attend in the 2009-10 season.
• Ohio Stadium, home to Ohio State football since 1922, is undergoing upgrades for the 2009 season. “The Horseshoe” will present fans with new signage displays and scoreboards in the north endzone and on the east and west fascias of the stadium’s C-Deck. For the first time in the Stadium’s history, the scoreboard in the north endzone will offer fans a video screen. The ribbon boards on the east and west side have been replaced and expanded to reach endzone-to-endzone and feature an improved LED display.
• Big Ten fans around the globe will be able to watch their favorite football and men’s basketball teams beginning this fall with “Big Ten Ticket,” the Big Ten Network’s new international streaming package. All televised Big Ten Network football and men’s basketball games will be available live and on-demand online to viewers living outside of the United States and Canada on www.BigTenTicket.com.
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Evan Turner was selected as a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy Aug. 19. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
Head coach: Vince Panzano
• Junior Katie Bell captured a national championship Aug. 15 by winning the 10-meter platform event at the AT&T National Diving Championships at the Marcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The Columbus native captured the national title by scoring 346.95 points to finish ahead of Casey Matthews of Purdue (315.05) and defending platform champion Michelle Cabassol (309.00).
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson
• The 2009 squad divided into two teams to simulate in-game action Aug. 14 with Scarlet posting a 5-0 victory over Gray at North Turf Field. Incoming freshman Berta Queralt led Scarlet with two goals and an assist for five points while classmate Danica Deckard posted four points on two goals and sophomore Maria Briones got on the board with a goal. Aisling Coyle also earned a point with an assist.
• In its scrimmage vs. Ohio University, Ohio State recorded a 3-1 victory Aug. 22 at North Turf Field. Queralt led the team with three points on a goal and an assist while Aisling McKeon and Keegan Billick each added a goal each. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani played all 60 minutes in goal, recording two saves.
• Ohio State jumps into regular-season action with back-to-back games at North Turf Field, welcoming James Madison at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 and Saint Louis at 1 p.m. Aug. 30.
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Senior kicker Aaron Pettrey was named to the 2009 Lou Groza Award Watch list by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Aug. 12. The list includes 30 of the nation’s top place kickers.
• Kurt Coleman was nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. Coleman also was selected to the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Watch List Aug. 19 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
• The Rimington Trophy committee released its 2009 Fall Watch List Aug. 20. This year’s list includes Ohio State sophomore center Michael Brewster. Brewster started 10 games at center as a true freshman in 2008 and received freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News, FWAA and Rivals.
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Michael Cress, a junior for Ohio State, is among a field of 312 players competing at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship hosted by the U.S. Golf Association, beginning Aug. 24 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Cress fired rounds of 69-71 for a total of 140 to qualify for the U.S. Am, July 27 on the Moraine Country Club’s golf course in Dayton. He tied for the lowest score and secured one of three positions available out of the field of 78 golfers competing at the site
Head coach: Miles Avery
• The NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships will return to St. John Arena in 2011, The Ohio State University and the NCAA announced Aug. 13. The three-day championships will kick off Thursday, April 14 with two qualifying sessions followed by the team finals Friday, April 15. The 2011 national championships will conclude with the individual finals Saturday, April 16.
• Brandon Wynn, who entered the 2009 VISA Championships finals in 13th, scored an 84.2 to end the competition in 16th place. After the national meet concluded, the Voorhees, N.J., native was named to the 2009-10 U.S. National team.
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Natalie Spooner, a sophomore at Ohio State, earned a place on Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team for the second time in as many years, Hockey Canada announced Aug. 15.
• Lisa Chesson, who was a member of the women’s hockey team from 2005-08, was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team, USA Hockey announced Aug. 24. The defenseman is among 23 players on the roster competing for 21 slots available the U.S. Olympic team to be announced in mid-December.
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• Margot Shumway, an Ohio State rowing letterwinner in 2001 and 2002, competed in the World Rowing championships Aug. 23-30 in Poznan, Poland. It is Shumway’s second trip to the World Rowing championships. Last year, she rowed stroke for the women’s quadruple sculls in her first Olympic appearance in Beijing, China, and raced in the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Head coach: John Bluem
• Doug Verhoff, Andrew Magill and Matt Gold were named captains of the 2009 Ohio State soccer team Aug. 19. The trio was selected through a vote of fellow players with the coaching staff holding final discretion.
• The team downed Cincinnati, 5-1, Aug. 23 in preseason exhibition action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Magill and Verhoff each finished the night with four points, as Magill posted a goal and two assists and Verhoff added a pair of scores.
• The Buckeyes wrap up preseason play at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 against Louisville in Fort Wayne, Ind. Regular season opens Sept. 4 with the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic in Columbus. Penn State and Cal State Fullerton take the field first at 5 p.m., followed by Ohio State and Gonzaga at 7:30 p.m. Admission for the tournament, and throughout the season, is free.
Head coach: Lori Walker
• Ohio State met the West Virginia Mountaineers Aug. 23 with the end result a scoreless tie after 110 minutes and two overtimes of work. Ohio State is now 1-0-1 on the season after earning a 2-0 win over Bowling Green at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Aug. 21. Ohio State outshot BGSU, 27-3, including 10-0 in shots on goal. Sophomore Paige Maxwell and freshman Kayla Eckman tallied for the Buckeyes vs. the Falcons.
• Ohio State was picked to finish fifth along with Minnesota in the Big Ten Conference this season by league head coaches in a poll released Aug. 12.
• A pair of Buckeye juniors, Genna Brand and Ali Schwach, received gold medals while competing in the Maccabiah Games July 12-23 while representing the United States.
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Chase Buchanan, Ohio State sophomore from New Albany, Ohio, earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open by winning the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 18 National Hard Court Singles championship Aug. 16 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The U.S. Open, one of four tennis Grand Slams is Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Head coach: Geoff Carlson
• Ohio State played a full five set scrimmage match Aug. 24 in St. John Arena with the Gray squad defeating Scarlet, 15-13, in the fifth game. The scrimmage was in preparation for the team’s opening weekend at the Tribe Invitation on the campus of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes open the 2009 season by facing Rider (10 a.m.) and North Carolina A&T (5 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 28 and play Maryland Eastern Shore (Noon) and host William & Mary (7 p.m.) Saturday, Aug. 29
• For the match, freshman middle blocker Mariah Booth recorded 22.5 points with 15 kills. Junior outside hitter Katie Dull had 21.5 points in the contest with 17 kills.