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Athletes of the Week
• The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team capped its finest season in nearly 50 years by finishing ninth at the NCAA championship with 136.5 points March 26-28 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. A Big Ten championship and a Top 10 NCAA finish have been the team’s goals all season long. One month ago the team succeeded in the first quest, winning its first Big Ten title in 54 years behind a remarkable team effort that saw all 25 members of the championship roster scoring points with four individual Big Ten champions plus a relay crown.
• Men’s lacrosse freshman attackman Logan Schuss was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week last week. Schuss had 10 points last week, with four points (3g, 1a) against Fairfield Tuesday and six points, on two goals and four assists, in the Buckeyes’ win over Quinnipiac Saturday.

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• With 16 NCAA championships completed, Ohio State currently sits ninth in the 2009-10 Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings. The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 25 nationally in football, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s swimming and diving and wrestling.

No. 22 Baseball (13-7)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Ohio State concluded its spring break trip with a win and three losses and went 4-3 overall during its spring break trip in Florida. The Buckeyes fell to Bethune-Cookman, 5-3, March 22 in Daytona Beach, before a 7-6 victory over Dartmouth March 23 in Winter Haven. OSU then fell to Rollins, 3-1 in 10 innings, and Webber International, 9-0, March 24 and 25, respectively.
• Junior right-hander Alex Wimmers has been named to the College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year watch list for 2010 March 23. The preseason All-American and 2009 Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year has posted a 5-0 record with a 2.12 earned run average in five starts.
• For the fourth time in five weeks, a Buckeye received a weekly Big Ten baseball honor as outfielder Zach Hurley earned his second career Player of the Week honor, the conference office March 22.

No. 5/6 Men’s Basketball (29-8, 14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Ohio State guard/forward Evan Turner as the winner of the 2009-10 Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National Player of the Year.
• Turner scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and put up two shots in the final 3 seconds, but was blocked on his desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer as No. 6-seed Tennessee topped the 2nd-seeded Buckeyes, 76-73, March 26 during an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game in St. Louis.

No. 8 Women’s Basketball (31-5, 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee along with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) announced March 23 that Buckeyes Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis are two of 12 finalists in contention for The State Farm Wade Trophy.
• Ohio State’s season came to a close March 23 with an 87-67 loss to Mississippi State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes (31-5) close out the season with a school record 31 wins and a sixth-straight Big Ten title, but fell short of reaching its second-straight Sweet 16.

Field Hockey
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson
• Ohio State was recognized March 25 by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as one of 58 teams in the nation to carry a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in 2009. This is the fourth-consecutive season the Buckeyes have been on the list compiled annually by the NFHCA.
• Six Buckeyes were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad announced March 26. For seniors Melissa Hunter, Melissa Palm and Lindsay Quintiliani it is the fourth-consecutive honor, making them just the fourth, fifth and sixth Buckeyes to receive the accolade each season of their eligibility at Ohio State.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
• Ohio State wrapped up its 2009-10 campaign with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Tournament in Boston, Mass., March 25-28. The Buckeyes came into the final day of competition in sixth, but a collection of strong performances by the men pushed them into familiar territory at No. 4. Ohio State has now finished in the Top 5 of the event the past eight seasons.
• Foilist Ben Parkins and sabreist Bryan Cheney fifth in their categories and earned second-team All-America honors. In epee, Igor Tolkachev joined Parkins and Cheney with second-team All-America laurels after finishing sixth with 14 victories. In all, the Scarlet and Gray finished with six All-Americans, three women and three men.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State concluded the FAU Spring Break Championship, held March 26-28, in a tie for 10th place with a total of 884 (+32) in Delray Beach, Fla. Three Buckeyes shot a final round of 1-under 70 and the team posted a third-round score of 293 at the par 71, 6,722-yard Gleneagles Country Club.
• The top OSU finisher was senior Brad Wright, who was one of five Buckeyes competing as an individual, with rounds of 70-75-70 to tie for 13th at 2-over 215. Junior Brad Smith and freshman Zack Sobel also placed in the top 20, tying for 17th at 216.

No. 21 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State battled a tough field that featured 19 teams ranked in the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin and took 10th place with a total of 931 (+67), March 26-28, at the 38th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., held on the par 72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course.
• Leading the way for the Buckeyes was junior In Hong Lim, who tied for 26th at 14-over 230 after rounds of 75-76-79.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Senior captain Hillary Dow and junior Rebecca Best received second-team All-Big Ten honors March 26 at the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics banquet held at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
• Ohio State scored a 194.700 at the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships March 27 in St. John Arena in front of a crowd of 1,717. The Buckeyes’ team total served as the team’s third-best sum this season and was good for a seventh-place finish. Best finished tied for fifth in the all-around with a 39.275, a season high.

Men’s Lacrosse (5-4, 2-1 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Playing in its first conference game as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League, Ohio State lost to Fairfield, 10-8, March 23 in Fairfield, Conn. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a hat trick and added an assist for a team-high four points, with senior James Green chipping in three points on two goals and a helper.
• The Buckeyes came back from a four-goal third-quarter deficit to down Quinnipiac, 10-8, in an ECAC game March 27 in Hamden, Conn. Schuss led the squad, posting six points, including two goals and three assists on five-consecutive tallies in the third and fourth quarters, as Ohio State fought back to tie the game and take the lead.

Women’s Lacrosse (6-3, 1-1 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Ohio State scored the last five goals of the game to chisel away at a 12-goal deficit, but dropped a 17-10 decision to top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern March 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Alayna Markwordt scored a game-high five goals for the Buckeyes, including the one that started the late-game comeback.
• Ohio State closed out a four-game home stand by defeating Florida, 14-9, March 27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Markwordt led all goal scorers with five tallies, while Kelly Haggerty scored four times.

No. 10 Rowing
Head coaches: Andy Teitelbaum
• It is a somewhat different lineup and obviously a new year, but the First Varsity Four continued with its success from last season as it won the race vs. No. 5 Brown and No. 8 Princeton March 27 on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The regatta served as the 10th-ranked Buckeyes’ 2010 debut.

No. 22 Softball (18-10, 2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• The Buckeyes took two of three games during a spring break trip to Florida. Senior catcher Sam Marder hit her 54th career home run in the first inning to give Ohio State a 1-0 victory over South Florida March 23 at the USF Softball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Ohio State then blew past Cornell, 18-0, in five innings before falling, 3-0, to Central Florida March 24 in two games at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
• Ohio State swept Wisconsin in its Big Ten opener, defeating the Badgers, 6-4 in game one and 12-4 (5) in game two March 27 at Buckeye Field.

No. 9 Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State capped its finest season in nearly 50 years by finishing ninth at the NCAA championship with 136.5 points March 26-28 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. A Big Ten championship and a Top 10 NCAA finish have been the team’s goals all season long. One month ago the team succeeded in the first quest, winning its first Big Ten title in 54 years behind a remarkable team effort that saw all 25 members of the championship roster scoring points with four individual Big Ten champions plus a relay crown.
• During the final day of competition, Ohio State’s spirited efforts ensured a successful realization of its second goal. Highlights of the day included 10 more All-America performances that increased to 29 the number of All-Americans at this championship.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (18-1, 2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Trailing 2-1 in singles play, Ohio State took command of the match and won, 4-2, at No. 41 LSU March 23 in Baton Rouge, La. The Buckeyes then did not let inclement weather and a change in venue shake its focus as it improved to 7-1 against nationally ranked teams following a 4-2 win over No. 7 Georgia March 25 in Athens.
• In its third home doubleheader of the season, Ohio State blanked No. 62 Penn State, 7-0, and Cleveland State, 4-0, March 28 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The team has now won 10 straight matches, which is the longest win streak of the year for the Scarlet and Gray.

No. 45 Women’s Tennis (14-4, 1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State defeated No. 36 Long Beach State on the road in Long Beach, Calif., 6-1, March 23, ending the 49ers six-match win streak.
• The Buckeyes then posted a 4-3 victory over the No. 40 Rice Owls in Houston, Texas, March 27. They dropped the doubles point but won four singles matches for the victory, with freshman Gabby Steele clinching the win with a three-set victory at No. 4.

No. 20 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State wrapped up the opening weekend of the 2010 outdoor season March 26-27 at the adidas Raleigh Relays. Redshirt-freshman Jared Hall captured the title in the 800m invitational with an impressive season-opening time of 1:50.54, second-best in the Big Ten so far this season. Freshman Korbin Smith was second in long jump a personal record jump of 7.53m (24-8.50).

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Led by junior Letecia Wright, Ohio State opened the 2010 outdoor season in strong fashion March 26-27 at the adidas Raleigh Relays. Wright impressed the crowd at NC State with her qualifying times in both the 100m hurdles and 100m dash. A hurdle specialist, she dominated the field in the 100m IH with a time of 13.33, the best in the Big Ten this season.
• The Buckeyes’ up-and-coming relay teams dominated the competition in day two at NC State, posting Top 2 finishes in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m events.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (14-7)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State completed an east coast trip with a 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26) victory at George Mason (5-12) March 22. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 23 points with 23 kills. John Klanac added 21 points with 20 kills and a solo block.
• Setter Steven Kehoe was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week March 22 for his play in the 3-1 road victory at sixth-ranked Penn State. Kehoe directed the Buckeye offense to a .283 attack percentage, well above the .220 season average for Penn State opponents. He recorded 54 assists (13.50 per game) in the contest adding seven digs, four kills and one assist block.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 29-April 11

March 31
Baseball vs. Toledo, 2:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

Softball vs. Ohio (DH), 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

April 2-3
Women’s track at Texas Relays (split-squad), TBA
Austin, Texas

Women’s track at Tiger Relays (split-squad), TBA
Auburn, Ala.

April 2-4
Women’s swimming Grand Prix, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s golf at Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

April 2
Men’s tennis at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s tennis vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Baseball at Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s gymnastics hosting Big Ten Championships, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s volleyball at Quincy, 7 p.m.
Quincy, Ill.

April 3-4
Men’s golf at Irish Creek Collegiate, All Day
Kannapolis, N.C.

April 3
Rowing at Virginia/Clemson, TBA
Charlottesville, Va.

Baseball at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s lacrosse at Loyola, 2 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

Men’s volleyball at Quincy, 2 p.m.
Quincy, Ill.

Men’s gymnastics hosting Big Ten Championships, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

April 4
Men’s tennis at Minnesota, TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s tennis vs. Iowa, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Baseball at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

April 5
Women’s lacrosse at Canisius, 12 p.m.
Buffalo, N.Y.

April 7
Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

Softball at Purdue (DH), 3 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s tennis at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

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

April 8
Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

April 9
Men’s tennis vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Men’s tennis vs. Toledo, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

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

Men’s volleyball vs. Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

April 10-11
Men’s golf Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course, OSU Golf Club

April 10
Rowing at Michigan/Michigan State/Notre Dame, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s tennis at Michigan State, 11 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s track at THE DUAL, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s lacrosse at Hobart, 12 p.m.
Geneva, N.Y.

Women’s lacrosse at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.
Nashville, Tenn.

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

Softball at Illinois, 3 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

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

April 11
Women’s tennis at Michigan, 11 a.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s tennis vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Softball at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

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