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Feb. 25, 2004

Athletes of the Week

Continuing the tradition of diving excellence for the Buckeyes,Julie Broms (Fr., Springfield, Ill./North Central [Ind.]) earnedpoints in every diving event at the 2004 Big Ten Championships Feb.18-21 and missed the championship title in the 3-meter dive by lessthan 14 points. Broms placed second in the 3-meter dive with 530.65points and fourth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 283.40. Inthe platform dive, Broms joined three of her teammates in the Top16 with a 12th-place finish. Broms earned 13 of 14 first-placefinishes in the 3-meter dive during the dual-meet season and wasnamed Big Ten Diver of the Week Feb. 9 after her performanceagainst Tennessee. Men’s basketball senior Velimir Radinovicconnected on an incredible 77.3 percent of his shots and averaged adouble-double with 19.5 points and 10 rebounds during a 1-1 week toearn Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in hiscareer. The Buckeyes senior opened the week by hittingseven-of-eight attempts from the field for 16 points while adding10 boards, including six off the offensive glass, in a loss toIowa. He followed up that performance with another double-dip, ashe tallied a career-best 23 points on 10-of-14 from the field andcorralled another 10 caroms as OSU earned a narrow victory on theroad at Indiana. His 23-point effort surpassed his previouscareer-high of 20 points established at Purdue last season and alsopushed him past 700 points for his career, as he now has 716 pointswhile wearing a Buckeyes uniform. The 7-0 center producedback-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career as henow has three on the season and five in his time in Columbus.Radinovic’s impressive shooting performance continued to build onhis Big Ten leading field goal percentage, as he tops theConference by shooting 67.9 percent from the field in League gamesonly. That percentage is the highest by a Big Ten player since1990, when Purdue’s Stephen Scheffler set the Conference record byconnecting on 76.7 percent of his attempts.

Athletics Good Stuff

The No. 16 men’s tennis team, 8-2 overall (0-0 in Big Tenplay), split a pair of matches over weekend play. The Buckeyesearned their fifth shut out of the season as they blanked No. 57Virginia Tech, 7-0, Sunday in Blacksburg, Va. Ohio State dropped a5-2 match to No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth Feb. 20 in Richmond, Va.Senior Jeremy Wurtzman, the No. 1 singles player in the country,defeated both his opponents over weekend play. He improved to 9-1in season duals while playing all 10 matches at the No. 1 positionfor Ohio State. Wurtzman was honored as Big Ten Player of the WeekFeb. 19 for his performances against top-ranked SoutheasternConference foes Vanderbilt and Alabama Feb. 13-14. Next up, OhioState travels to face No. 49 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28in South Bend, Ind. In 2003, the Buckeyes snapped the FightingIrish’s 14-match win streak in the all-time series between bothsquads. Ohio State defeated Notre Dame, 6-1. The women’s basketballteam (17-8; 9-5 Big Ten) beat Northwestern (8-17; 1-13 Big Ten),57-46, Thursday night in St. John Arena and beat Illinois (10-15;4-10 Big Ten), 76-57, Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena. AgainstNorthwestern, LaToya Turner scored 13 points and freshman JessicaDavenport added 12 points, while Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskinseach tallied nine points. Davenport’s career-high six blocks gaveher 56 for the year, which is the Ohio State record for blocks by afreshman. In the Illinois contest, Matter led all scorers with 25points (10-of-18), while Turner scored 19 points and Davenportadded 12 points. Turner and Davenport led the effort on the boardsby pulling down eight and six rebounds, respectively. Numerousrecords fell as the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and fieldteams closed out the 2004 regular season as the host of the Scarletand Gray Invitational Saturday at French Field House. Seniorthrower Dan Taylor turned in another record-shattering effort as hebested his own American collegiate record in the weight throw forthe second time this season with a winning heave of 78-9.25, whichalso serves as Big Ten, Ohio State and French Field House all-timemarks. Standards fell on the women’s side as well as junior jumperRosalind Goodwin was responsible for an OSU jumps mark to fall forthe third week in a row as he leapt 43-3 to win the triple jump.Goodwin’s effort not only sets an Ohio State record in the event,but also topped the venue mark at French Field House.

The women’s throw team excelled Saturday as well as junior Keturah Lofton hoisted a season-best 67-4 to win the weight throw, while sophomore Amarachi Ukabam claimed the Scarlet ad Gray Invite shot put crown with a winning mark that exceeded 51 feet.

Other Buckeyes claiming first place were distance runners Brian Olinger, Dan Glaz and Jessica Neal, while sprinters Jenna Harris and Tamecia Brown also turned on winning times.

This week, the men’s and women’s teams split as they both seek to improve upon their fourth-place finishes at the conference meet in 2003 at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The men compete at Ann Arbor, Mich., while the women travel to Iowa City, Iowa.

The wrestling team (8-11, 4-4 Big Ten) closed out the 2004 dualseason with tight losses at No. 10 Iowa and No. 16 Northern Iowalast weekend. The Buckeyes overcame eight-point deficits both nightto keep the bouts in doubt heading into the finals matches of eachdual. Ohio State matched the Hawkeyes Friday at 15-15 entering thefinal two bouts of the night, but Iowa emerged with the 23-18decisions after claiming a technical fall at 141 and sealed the winwith a sudden victory decision at 149.

Saturday saw the Buckeyes again trail early at 11-3 before rallying behind winning efforts by seniors Jeff Ratliff, John Clark, Blake Kaplan and Tommy Rowlands. UNI claimed the final 22-18 after a major decision at 197.

The weekend saw both Ratliff and Clark gain win No. 30 on the season, while Rowlands upped his technical fall count this season to 14 after a 21-6 win Saturday.

The Buckeyes are not in action this week as the prep for the 2004 Big Ten Championships March 6-7 at St. John Arena.

The No. 12 men’s hockey team split its weekend series on theroad at Western Michigan, falling 4-1 in the opener and reboundingfor a 5-1 victory Saturday. The squad was led by defenseman DougAndress, who had a goal and an assist and helped the Buckeyepenalty-killers stop 14-of-15 Bronco power-play chances on theweekend. The Buckeyes have a week off before ending the regularseason with a home-and-home series vs. Miami next week. The No. 17men’s lacrosse team suffered a tough loss in its opener Saturday,losing to Penn State, 5-4, at North Turf Field. Tom Randisi led theBuckeyes with two goals in the game, while Anthony Gilardi and BenWolff also scored for OSU. The squad returns to action with a gameat Navy at noon Saturday. The women’s ice hockey team entered thenational rankings for the second time this season following its 1-1overtime tie with then-No. 1 Minnesota last Friday in Columbus,Ohio. The Buckeyes fell 6-0 to the Golden Gophers Saturday.Sophomore Jana Harrigan led the Buckeyes as she scored thegame-tying goal late in the third period Friday. Captains ErinO’Grady and Meaghan Mulvaney assisted on the goal. No. 10 OhioState plays host to No. 5 Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Friday andSaturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes trail the Badgers 2-13-5in the all-time series. This series marks the second of the seasonbetween the teams. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 3-2, Nov. 1 andfell, 3-1, Nov. 2 in Madison, Wis.

Junior Melissa Glaser earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and USCHO.com Defense Player of the Week for her 35 save performance in the 1-1 overtime tie with then-No. 1 Minnesota last Friday. The Rockford, Ill., native allowed just one goal on 36 shots vs. the Golden Gophers, a .972 save percentage. The tie was her second of the season and she was just three saves shy of setting a season high. The league award marks Glaser’s third this season and the Buckeyes’ sixth WCHA Player of the Week honor this year. The national honor is Glaser’s first in her career and only the second an Ohio State player has received in the five-year history of the program. This season, Glaser has posted a 2.41 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this season. She has a 9-9-2 overall record and a 7-8-1 record in the WCHA.

Men’s volleyball (8-5 overall, 3-2 MIVA) returns to conferenceplay this weekend with a Friday road match at No. 8 Ball State(10-2, 4-0) and a Saturday home contest against Findlay (10-5,3-4). Last weekend, OSU lost to No. 8 UC-Irvine, 3-1, and defeatedSpringfield, 3-1, in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic inSpringfield, Mass. Adam Pedersen was named to the Volleyball Hallof Fame Morgan Classic All-Tournament Team. Setter Mark Peckhamrecorded a career-high 10 blocks against Springfield with threesolos and seven assist blocks. Next week on Wednesday, March 3,Ohio State will host Penn State in a 7 p.m. match in St. JohnArena. The match will be delayed telecast by CSTV (College SportsTelevision) the following Friday evening at 9:30 p.m. ET. Women’slacrosse will open the 2004 season Friday night (7 p.m. PT) atpreseason ranked No. 14 Stanford (3-0). The Buckeyes will then playat California Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. Ohio State is ranked ninth inthe preseason Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Associationpoll. The women’s tennis team enjoyed a perfect 3-0 weekend withvictories over Nebraska on Friday and Yale and Cleveland State onSunday. Lindsay Williams (Sr., Beverly Hills, Mich./BirminghamGrove) led the Buckeyes with matching 3-0 records in both singlesand doubles. Also winning two matches over the weekend were EricaFisk (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), Emily DeCamilla (Jr.,Sacramento, Calif./Maryland), Lindsey Adams (Jr., Mercer Island,Wash./Mercer Island) and Kristin Messmer (Fr., Lutherville,Md./McDonogh). Messmer and Williams are tied for the team lead indual wins this spring, each with five wins in six matches.

Overall, the Buckeyes swept all three doubles matches of the weekend against all three of their opponents, led by the duos of Williams and Meaghan Colville (Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Western Michigan) and Adams and Meredith Vincent (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Virginia Tech), who each posted 3-0 records.

Williams moved into the No. 43 spot in the national singles rankings following her second victory over a Top 20 opponent this season, as she beat No. 19 Gitte Ostermann of Nebraska in straight sets Friday.

The women’s swimming and diving team finished in eighth place at the 2004 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday, reaching five NCAA B qualifying times and earning top finishes in all the diving events. The Buckeyes finished with 196 points and Michigan won the Big Ten title with 604 points. Stephanie Raezer (Sr., Newark, Del./Glasgow) reached the NCAA B qualifying time in the 500-yard freestlye, along with Deanna Strunk (So., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) in the 400-yard individual medley, Nicole Maglich (So., Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) in the 1,650-yard freestyle and Gulsah Gunenc (Fr., Edirne, Turkey/Edirne Anatolian) in the 200-yard butterfly. All four freshmen divers earned points for the Buckeyes, with Julie Broms (Fr., Springfield, Ill./North Central [Ind.]) placing second in the 3-meter dive, Amber Simmons (Fr., Sparks, Md./Hereford) placing third in the 1-meter dive and Ashley Bourland (Fr., Conroe, Texas/Montgomery) placing fifth in the platform dive.

The Buckeyes who posted NCAA qualifying times now will wait to see if they are selected to compete in the 2004 NCAA Championships March 18-20 in College Station, Texas. All of the freshmen divers travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the NCAA Zone C diving meet March 12-14 at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center.

The baseball team will try to get back on track this weekend atthe Baseball at the Beach tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. OhioState (0-3 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will play Richmond at noon Fridaybefore meeting Coastal Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and KentState at noon Sunday. Both Richmond and Coastal Carolina were inthe NCAA tournament a year ago and the Golden Flashes were in theNCAA tournament in both 2001 and 2002. All three games will beplayed at Coastal Federal Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans,the Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Drew Anderson leadsthe Buckeyes with a .385 batting average. Three members of themen’s gymnastics team recorded career highs in the team’s homefinale against Penn State Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. Kerry Adderly(Jr., Orlando, Fla.) posted a career high on high bar, scoring a9.550 to place third on the event. Tallying a 9.150 on vault,sophomore Ronald Ferris (Austintown, Ohio) clipped his formercareer high of 9.125. Cody Trobaugh (Jr., Dallas, Texas) scored twocareer highs, as he recorded a 9.4 on floor to finish first and a9.3 on parallel bars to finish second. Prior to the competition,seniors Jamey Houle (Enfield, Conn.), Jamie Shepard (Dayton, Ohio)and Eric Van Sickle (Hilliard, Ohio) were honored by the team andfans, as they competed in their final home meet at St. John Arena.Ohio State completes the regular season when it travels to AnnArbor, Mich. to face the Michigan Wolverines at 7 p.m. March 13 atCliff Kleen Arena. In front of 2,938 fans the women’s gymnasticsteam (7-3-1; 0-1-1 Big Ten) tied No. 22 Penn State 195.950-195.950Saturday in St. John Arena. The tie is the first for Ohio Statesince March, 1 1987, when the Buckeyes tied Minnesota185.40-185.40. Ohio State tallied its highest point total of theseason in the meet, surpassing the 195.600 scored against WestVirginia and N.C. State Jan. 18.

The Buckeyes were paced by Tiffanie Janke (Sr., Schaumberg, Ill.), who claimed her second all-around title in three weeks with a 39.275. Janke placed second on vault with a 9.875 and second on beam with a 9.850. Junior Elizabeth Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio) placed first on beam with a 9.875 and first on floor with a 9.900. Sophomore Kaylin Schelcht (Marion, Ohio) posted a strong performance as well, finishing second on bars with a 9.875 and placing third in the all-around with a score of 39.025 while Leah Boccaccio (So., Enfield, Conn.) placed third on bars with a 9.825.

Three Buckeyes set new career highs in the meet. Schlecht scored a 9.875 on bars to beat her 9.850 set at the Big Ten Championship, March, 29, 2003. Freshman Elizabeth Ahlberg (San Antonio, Texas) scored a 9.750 on vault to top her previous mark of 9.725 set against West Virginia and N.C. State, Jan. 18. She also scored a 9.775 on floor to beat her 9.700 also set against West Virginia and N.C. State. Brittany Livingston (Fr., Lisle, Ill.) scored a 9.725 on vault, breaking her previous mark of 9.700 set against West Virginia and N.C. State.

The men’s basketball ball team continues it’s three-game roadswing through the Big Ten at Minnesota and Michigan this week. TheBuckeyes travel to Minneapolis for an 8 p.m. game at MinnesotaWednesday (ESPN Plus/WBNS 10 TV). The Buckeyes will then face theHoosiers in Ann Arbor at noon Sunday on CBS (WBNS 10 TV). Seniorcenter Velimir Radinovic led the Buckeyes to victory at Indianalast Saturday with a career-high 23 points. He also recorded hissecond-consecutive double-double with 10 rebounds vs. the Hoosiers.Sophomore Terence Dials also posted double-digit numbers in points(16) and rebounds (10) in Bloomington.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 25-Sunday, Feb. 29
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Women’s Golf at Wildcat Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.

Thursday, Feb. 26
Women’s Basketball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Friday, Feb. 27
Baseball vs. Richmond, Noon
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Softball vs. LSU, Noon
Columbus, Ga.

Women’s Lacrosse at Stanford, 10 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball at Ball State, 7 p.m.
Muncie, Ind.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Softball vs. California, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ga.

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Men’s Lacrosse at Navy, Noon
Annapolis, Md.

Softball vs. Florida Atlantic, 12:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ga.

Men’s Tennis at Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Women’s Tennis vs. Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
Williamsburg, Va.

Baseball vs. Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Softball vs. TBA, 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ga.

Women’s Gymnastics at Michigan State/vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Findlay, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Pistol vs. SWMS and Utah
Converse Hall

Men’s Track at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, Feb. 29
Softball vs. TBA, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ga.

Women’s Tennis at William & Mary, 9:30 a.m.
Williamsburg, Va.

Baseball vs. Kent State, Noon
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Men’s Basketball at Michigan, Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Lacrosse at California, 4 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Women’s Basketball at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Track at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa