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Athletes of the Week
• Amanda Furrer won individual conference titles in smallbore and air rifle, shooting a 589 and 392, respectively, as the rifle team captured the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference championship with a 3,836 aggregate last weekend in East Lansing, Mich.

• Matt DeChant, a sophomore on the men’s track and field team, was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after turning in a career day at the Buckeye Tune-up Feb. 19.

DeChant crushed his previous career best in the shot put with a first-place toss of 18.56-meters, the sixth-best in Ohio State indoor history and third-best in the Big Ten this season. He followed that up with a first-place finish in the weight throw at 19.88m, second-best in the conference. This is the first weekly award of DeChant’s career and the first field accolade for a Buckeye since Lenny Jatsek took home the honor in February 2008.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 14 Baseball (3-0)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Head coach Bob Todd picked up the 1,000th win of his career, a 20-9 victory over Richmond Feb. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla. The ABCA Hall of Famer becomes the 41st head coach in college baseball history to achieve the feat.
• Ohio State opened its season with a 4-2 win at North Florida Feb. 19 behind strong pitching performances by Alex Wimmers and Drew Rucinski. Wimmers’ nine-strikeout performance earned him Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for the fifth time in his career.
• The Buckeyes scored nine runs in the seventh inning en route to a 16-1 victory over Florida A&M Feb. 20. Freshman right-hander Brett McKinney impressed in his collegiate debut going five innings, giving up four hits, no runs and striking out eight.

No. 9/12 Men’s Basketball (21-7, 11-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State pulled away from Michigan State with a last-minute run, winning, 74-67, in East Lansing, Mich. Four Buckeyes scored in double-digits with Evan Turner leading the way with 20. William Buford contributed 17, David Lighty 13 and Jon Diebler 12. The Buckeyes were a combined 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes of the game.
• Ohio State fell to Purdue, 60-57, at home in Value City Arena Feb. 17. Turner played all 40 minutes, recording 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

No. 7/9 Women’s Basketball (26-4, 14-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Playing in all 40 minutes, junior center Jantel Lavender posted 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks as Ohio State held off Wisconsin, 83-78 in Madison Feb. 18. Samantha Prahalis had a game-high 25 points while Brittany Johnson added 15.
• The Buckeyes then fell, 71-68, in overtime vs. Michigan State in Value City Arena Feb. 21. Lavender led the Buckeyes with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State began action in its first stroke-play tournament of the spring season, shooting a score of 291 in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 21 in Rio Grande. Despite finishing just 3-over par, the Buckeyes are in 12th place. Freshman Matt Turner led the Buckeyes with a 71 to tie for 26th after his first career round under par.

No. 6 Men’s Gymnastics (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Despite posting the best event total on floor, pommel horse and high bar, Ohio State placed second at a quad-meet with a 346.600 Feb. 21 in Lincoln, Neb. Senior Justin Myers took first on floor (15.05), sophomore Steven Spencer won pommel horse (15.1) and Tai Lee took high bar (15.3) to help the Buckeyes to the three event wins.

Women’s Gymnastics (2-6; 0-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State downed UIC, 195.025-191.750, marking the team’s season-high total in St. John Arena Feb. 21. The Buckeyes tallied 10 individual season highs and three team bests. Senior captain Hillary Dow led the team in the all-around with a season-high 39.000, just .225 off her career high while freshman Colleen Dean won floor with a career-best 9.900.
• In a solid appearance on the road, Ohio State competed well against a strong Kentucky squad but fell, 195.850-193.975, to the No. 14 Wildcats Feb. 19 in front of a crowd of 2,194 in Lexington, Ky. Junior Rebecca Best led the squad, hitting a season and team-high 39.100, just .250 points off of her career best.

Men’s Hockey (12-15-5, 10-11-5-3 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead and skated to a 3-1 victory over Western Michigan Feb. 19 in Lawson Arena. Buckeye junior goalie Dustin Carlson had 33 saves in the win, while sophomore leading scorer Zac Dalpe had two goals and junior Patrick Schafer also tallied.
• The Buckeyes then rallied for a 3-3 tie with Western Michigan Feb. 20, as Dalpe scored with 1:36 remaining off an assist from Ian Boots to deadlock the score. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 1-0 in six rounds, to earn the extra point in the league standings, with Peter Boyd scoring for the Buckeyes and goalie Carlson stopping all five shots on net.
• Sophomore Matt Bartkowski was named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week Feb. 22 after recording an assist in each game, was +1 and blocked five shots.

Women’s Hockey (15-14-5, 12-13-3-1 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• After building a quick lead on two power-play goals in the first six minutes of the game, St. Cloud State answered with three man-advantage goals of its own to come from behind and defeat Ohio State, 3-2, Feb. 19 at the OSU Ice Rink.
• Seniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque had a goal and assist each in the their final game at the OSU Ice Rink as the Buckeyes rallied with two extra-skater goals in the last two minutes of regulation for the 4-4 tie Feb. 20 against St. Cloud State. After skating through a scoreless overtime session, the Buckeyes picked up another point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association by winning the three-round shootout 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Laura McIntosh.

Men’s Lacrosse (1-1)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State lost its 2010 road opener to No. 17/18 Bucknell, 11-5, Feb. 20 in Lewisburg, Pa. Senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 11 saves in the game, with five Buckeyes registering a goal and three others recording an assist.

Women’s Lacrosse (1-1)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt each scored four goals as Ohio State downed American, 16-7, Feb. 20 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Rifle (16-5)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Ohio State took first in smallbore rifle (2,288) and second in air rifle (1,548) to capture the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference championship with a 3,836 aggregate at Michigan State Feb. 21. The Buckeyes also won the Swanson Trophy (high season average in smallbore rifle) with a 2,265.75 average and the Ranta Trophy (high season average in air rifle) with a 1,548 average.
• Amanda Furrer won both individual conference championships shooting a 589 in smallbore and a 392 in air rifle.
• In all, five Buckeyes earned all-conference honors with Furrer and Nick Novello receiving first-team honors in both the smallbore and air rifle. James Clark was named second team in the smallbore and Jasmine Margaria and Robert Manguadis earned second team honors in air rifle.

No. 14 Softball (6-4)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State went 1-1 on the first day of the Hatter Invitational Feb. 19, dropping a back-and-forth battle with No. 8/9 Alabama, 5-3, before downing invite host Stetson, 10-4, in DeLand, Fla. The Buckeyes recorded six home runs on the day with three from Sam Marder and one each from Whitney Cooper, Alicia Herron and Courtney Pruner. Against the Hatters, Pruner went 4-4 at the plate.
• On day two, the Buckeyes dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 contest to No. 8/9 Alabama before bouncing back with a 5-3 win vs. Rhode Island. Feb. 20. In the championships game Feb. 21, OSU again fell to the Crimson Tide, 7-1, finishing second at the Hatter Invitational. Pruner led the Buckeyes, batting .579 on the weekend.

No. 23 Women’s Swimming and Diving (6-1)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State held on to fifth place, its best finish in 13 years, as the squad increased its slim margins Wisconsin and Penn State to end the 2010 Big Ten Championships with 399.5 points Feb. 20.
• Sophomore Bianca Alvarez and senior Chelsea Davis went two-three on the 3-meter springboard Feb. 19, one day after Alvarez earned a runner-up finish on the 1-meter springboard. Junior Samantha Cheverton had the top finish among the swimmers with a third-place swim in the 200 freestyle in a school-record time of 1:45.78.
• On day two of the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 18), Cheverton, who holds five school records in individual events, broke her own 500 freestyle mark with a 4:45.16 time to tie for fifth. Freshman Megan Detro also broke a school record, swimming the 50 freestyle in 22.73 to place fifth.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (10-1)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ohio State beat No. 9 Kentucky, 5-2, Feb. 21 in The Ohio State University Indoor Varsity Tennis Center. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge clinched the win with his 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 29 Alex Musialek at No. 2 singles.
• The Buckeyes finished out their second home doubleheader of the season, winning, 7-0, against Wright State Feb.21. Ohio State improves its home win streak to 97 matches, which dates back to the 2003 season. Kronauge claimed the match for Ohio State at No. 2 singles, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Tore Waldhausen. He is now two wins shy of tying former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-1986) for fourth on the all-time career singles wins list with 126 victories.

No. 21 Women’s Tennis (9-2)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State fell to 10th-ranked Tennessee, 5-2, Feb. 20 at home in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The loss was just the second for the Buckeyes this season, who have faced seven ranked foes this year, including four Top 25 squads.
• The Buckeyes improved to 9-1, the team’s best start since the 2002 season, after downing No. 58 LSU, 5-2, Feb. 17 at home. With the win, the Buckeyes entered in the nation’s Top 25 poll at No. 21 Feb. 18 – the highest ranking for the team since holding the No. 21 spot during the 2001 season.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State geared up for the Big Ten championships at the Buckeye Tune-up in French Field House Feb. 19, the final meet before next weekend’s trip to Minnesota for the big conference meet.
• Matt DeChant was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Feb. 22 after a career day at the Buckeye Tune-up Feb. 19. The sophomore crushed his previous career best in the shot put with a first-place toss of 18.56-meters, the third-best in the Big Ten. He followed with a first-place finish in the weight throw at 19.88m, second-best in the conference.
• Adam Green set a personal record of 4:08.71 in the mile to finish in first-place and Ohio State swept the Top 3 spots in the 60m dash with Stephen Robinson in first (6.95), Jonathan Francois in second (7.01) and Korbin Smith in third (7.05). Francois and Smith’s times were PRs.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• It was a record-setting day for Ohio State at the Buckeye Tune-up in French Field House Feb. 19. Junior Letecia Wright, the Big Ten Runner of the Week, took first in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.23, the eighth-best in the NCAA this season and top in the Big Ten. She also won with a 7.52 sprint in the 60m dash, the fourth-best in the conference this season.
• Maggie Mullen won the weight throw with a first-place toss of 18.19m (59-8.25) while freshman Alexis Thomas took second with a season-best mark of 16.81m (55-2).

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (9-5, 5-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State defeated fifth-ranked (Div. III) Carthage, 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-19) Feb. 19 in St. John Arena. Ted Schoenfeldt and Mik Berzins shared match-high honors with 10.5 points each.

Women’s Volleyball
Head coach: Geoff Carlson
• Ohio State’s Katie Dull, Betsy Hone and Kelli Barhorst and former Buckeye Ami Stevens are currently participating at the tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
• Nadia Edwards was named the head volleyball coach at DePaul Feb. 22. The Frankfort, Ill. native brings a high level of experience to Lincoln Park as a student-athlete at Penn State before a professional playing career overseas along with assistant coaching experience at Ohio State and Ohio University.

No. 4/3 Wrestling (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State is preparing for the 2010 Big Ten Championships March 6-7 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
• J.D. Bergman, a wrestling letterwinner from 2004-08, won the gold medal at the Cerro Pelado International in Havana, Cuba, for the United States. After earning a spot on the U.S. World Cup Team last month, Bergman finished first at 96 kg/211.5 pounds.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 22-March 5

Feb. 22-23
Men’s golf at Puerto Rico Classic, TBA
Rio Grande, P.R.

Women’s golf at Central District Invitational, TBA
Parrish, Fla.

Feb. 24
Women’s tennis at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.

Men’s tennis at Baylor, 4 p.m.
Waco, Texas

Mens’ basketball at Penn State, 6:30 p.m.
University Park, Pa.
BTN

Feb. 25-27
Men’s Swimming and Diving hosting Big Ten Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Feb. 25
Women’s basketball vs. Northwestern, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Big Ten Network

Softball vs. Fresno State (Cathedral City Classic), 10:30 a.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Feb. 26
Women’s lacrosse at Cal-Berkeley, 3 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Baseball at South Florida (Big Ten/Big East Challenge), 4:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Progress Energy Park

Men’s volleyball vs. George Mason (Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic), 6 p.m.
Springfield, Mass.

Women’s hockey at WCHA First Round Playoffs, 7 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s hockey at Miami , 8:05 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio
CBS College Sports

Feb. 27-28
Women’s track and field at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
State College, Pa.

Men’s track and field at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Synchronized swimming at North Regional Routine Competition, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Feb. 27
Women’s hockey at WCHA First Round Playoffs, 7 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s volleyball vs. Springfield or UC Santa Barbara (Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic), TBA
Springfield, Mass.

Men’s basketball vs. Michigan, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
ESPN

Men’s lacrosse vs. Massachusetts, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Woody Hayes Indoor Field

Softball vs. Tennessee (Cathedral City Classic), 12:30 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Softball vs. Oregon State (Cathedral City Classic), 3:30 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Men’s gymnastics vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s gymnastics vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Baseball vs. Notre Dame (Big Ten/Big East Challenge), 4 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.
Bright House Field

Men’s hockey vs. Miami, 8:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BigTenNetwork.com

Women’s swimming and diving hosting Last Chance Meet, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Feb. 28
Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton (Cathedral City Classic), 9 a.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Men’s Swimming and diving hosting Big Ten Invite, 9:30 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Softball vs. UCLA (Cathedral City Classic), 11 a.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Women’s tennis vs. Oregon, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Baseball vs. Cincinnati (Big Ten/Big East Challenge), 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Raymond A. Naimoli Complex

Women’s lacrosse at Stanford, 1 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

Women’s tennis vs. California University (Pa.), 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Women’s hockey at WCHA First Round Playoffs, 7 p.m. (if necessary)
Madison, Wis.

March 1-2
Women’s golf at UK-KSU Invitational, TBA
Valdosta, Ga.

March 2
Men’s basketball vs. Illinois, 9 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
ESPN

March 3
Men’s tennis vs. Louisville, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

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

March 4-7
Women’s basketball at 2009 Big Ten Tournament, TBA
at Indianapolis, Ind.
BTN/ESPN2

March 5
Men’s track and field at Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s track and field at Iowa State Last Chance Meet, TBA
Ames, Iowa

Softball vs. East Tennessee State at Cal-Riverside Tournament, 11:30 a.m.
Riverside, Calif.

Baseball vs. Duquesne at Buckeye Tournament, 1 p.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Women’s tennis at Penn State, 3 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s lacrosse at Duquesne, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.