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Athletes of the Week
• Brandon Wynn, a junior on the men’s gymnastics team, concluded his season undefeated on rings, winning his first NCAA title on the event with a score of 15.9 last Saturday in West Point, N.Y. He becomes just the second Buckeye to win a national title on the event, joining the likes of current OSU assistant coach and former U.S. Olympian Blaine Wilson. The captain, who was ranked No. 1 on rings all season, took first on the event in all 10 collegiate meets. In addition, Wynn won a national rings title at the Winter Cup Challenge last February, earning his second-consecutive appointment to the U.S. Senior National Team.
• Rachel Rohanna finished runner-up on her home course during the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, April 17-18 in Columbus. Battling cool temperatures and gusty winds throughout the 54 holes, the freshman from Waynesburg, Pa., fired rounds of 75-77-76 on the par 72 Scarlet Course to take second by just one stroke. Rohanna was one of five Buckeyes to finish in the top 10, leading Ohio State to its 13th victory in 30 years of the Lady Buckeye and topping eight of the conference opponents the team will face this weekend at the Big Ten Championships.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (21-10, 6-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Alex Wimmers’ 14-strikeout complete-game performance in the Buckeyes’ 7-1 win over Indiana April 9 earned him his second Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor of the season April 12.
• Senior co-captain Cory Kovanda has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
• Ohio State went 2-1 in a Big Ten road series at Michigan State. The Buckeyes rode solid pitching from Wimmers to defeat Michigan State, 10-1, April 16. The following day at McLane Stadium, Ohio State came from behind and scored four late runs to defeat the Spartans, 4-3. Ohio State then fell to Michigan State, 14-7, April 18 in the series conclusion.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Ohio State defensive standouts Cameron Heyward and Ross Homan have been named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List announced April 15 in Newport Beach by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
• The Buckeye defense reigned supreme and retained possession of the scarlet jerseys in the jersey scrimmage April 17 at blustery Ohio Stadium by a 78-24 score.

No. 19 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• For the second-consecutive year, Ohio State took advantage of playing on familiar territory, winning the 2010 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational by 14 strokes April 18 in Columbus. Ohio State fended off fellow Big Ten teams Michigan State and Northwestern throughout the final 18 holes to pick up its 13th victory at the annual event.
• The Buckeyes had five finish in the top 10, led by rookie Rachel Rohanna who was runner-up by a stroke with a total of 228 (+12). Tying for fourth were junior In Hong Lim and senior Emma Jandel at 232, followed by freshmen Susana Benavides (t-6th) and Amy Meier (t-10th).

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Highlighted by junior captain Brandon Wynn’s national championship on rings, Ohio State had a tremendous night at the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships April 17 in West Point, N.Y., seeing all three qualifiers in Wynn, Philip Onorato and Steven Spencer earn All-America honors. Ohio State head coach Miles Avery has now coached 23 All-Americans to a combined 64 honors.
• As a team, the Buckeyes finished sixth in the 2010 NCAA Team Championships April 16 in West Point.

Men’s Lacrosse (6-6, 2-3 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Attackman Jeff Tundo picked up back-to-back ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week honors after a career-high five assists and points vs. Hobart last week. Tundo is a three-time honoree this season.
• Opening up a three-game homestand, Ohio State dropped a 10-9 decision to Denver in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 17 in an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup. Freshman Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and an assist and senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 11 saves, but the Pioneers rallied in the fourth quarter for the league win.

No. 19 Women’s Lacrosse (8-5, 1-3 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Brittney Zerhusen finished with an Ohio State first-half record 10 points off five goals and five assists, leading the No. 19 Buckeyes to a resounding win, 20-5, over Cincinnati April 14 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eleven players scored for the Buckeyes, including Zerhusen who broke the record for points in a half that had previously stood at eight set during the 1996 season by Mara Simpson.
• It was a tale of two halves as Ohio State built a lead but fell to No. 18 Penn State, 18-12, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 18. Zerhusen and Alayna Markwordt paced the attack with four points apiece.

No. 15 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• The No. 15 Buckeyes could not have asked for more perfect conditions on their home river April 18, as the Scarlet and Gray took on No. 10 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State and No. 8 USC in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes’ best finishes came with second-place times in the Second Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Four.

No. 20/24 Softball (26-11, 5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Courtney Pruner was named the Big Ten Player of the Week April 12 after proving to be the hardest batter to get out in the Illinois-Ohio State series last weekend. The tri-captain went 6-for-7 with seven RBI and three runs scored in the series split in Champaign, Ill.
• Behind two strong performances on the mound and solid defense overall, Ohio State swept in-state foe Bowling Green, 4-0 and 10-0 (5), April 14 at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes are now 7-0 at home.
• Powered by a two-run homer from senior Whitney Cooper and a three-run homer from freshman Megan Coletta, Ohio State run-ruled Michigan State, 12-3, in six innings April 17 in East Lansing. The Buckeyes then secured a Big Ten sweep of Michigan State with a 7-3 victory April 18.

Men’s Soccer
Head coach: John Bluem
• As of April 12, tickets are now available for the ninth-annual Connor Senn Memorial Game between the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s soccer team and the Columbus Crew scheduled for 7 p.m. May 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• Once again Ohio State made sure they would be a part of history. For the first time in U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Championship history, the combo event was contested and the Buckeyes captured the gold medal with a score of 89.833 April 17 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics in Huntersville, N.C.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (27-1, 8-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Chase Buchanan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the sixth time this season the conference announced April 11. Buchanan won three doubles matches and three singles matches last week to earn the honor.
• In its last non-conference regular-season match, No. 5 Ohio State defeated No. 18 Mississippi, 4-2, April 14 at Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss.
• Ohio State won its 60th-consecutive match over a Big Ten opponent after defeating No. 41 Indiana, 7-0, April 16 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Then, the Buckeyes topped No. 17 Illinois, 6-1, April 18 at Stickney Tennis Center. With the win, the Buckeyes took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings, while the Illini dropped its first conference match of the season.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis (17-7, 4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State fell to No. 26 Illinois on the road, 4-3, in Champaign, Ill., April 17.
• Senior Kirsten Flower rallied for a three-set win at No. 1 singles, lifting the Buckeyes to a victory over 38th-ranked Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., April 18. No. 69-ranked Flower came from behind after dropping the first set to down Leslie Hureau and secure the win for Ohio State.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Led by senior Stephen Robinson, Ohio State recorded a number of personal best performances April 16 on its way to a first-place finish at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes finished the day with 66 points, more than 20 better than second-place and host No. 21 Louisville.
• Competing against some of the nation’s top athletes, Buckeyes past and present posted record setting performances on the track at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., April 17. Current Buckeyes were led by Jake Edwards, who raced his way into the Ohio State record works with a first-place and personal record time of 13:57.03 in the 5000m open, fourth-best in Ohio State outdoor history, third-best in the Big Ten so far this season and a Top 15 time nationally. Teammate Adam Green finished 16th in a PR and No. 6 in the conference.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• A short-handed Ohio State squad competed admirably April 16 at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. Competing without its top sprinters/hurdlers, the Buckeye field events and a group of young runners stepped up and helped Ohio State to a fourth-place finish at Cardinal Park.
• Running alongside some of the best collegiate and professional athletes in the nation, Ohio State’s top sprint and distance runners put together an impressive performance at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.The Buckeyes were led by junior Letecia Wright, who set two personal records April 17, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 100m hurdle invitational. Crossing the finish line in 13.17 seconds, Wright recorded the top time in the Big Ten so far this season, the fifth-best time in school history, and the sixth-best NCAA Division I time in 2010.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (20-7, 11-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Sophomore Shawn Sangrey was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week April 12 for the third time this season. The conference also announced its Academic All-Conference Team selections that day with 12 Buckeyes recognized: Rhett Cash, Dale Freier, Nick Gibson, Kevin Heine, Steven Kehoe, Brian Kues, Derek Kues, Sean Martin, Grayson Overman, Ted Schoenfeldt, John Tholen and Jason Tobkin.
• The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded setter Steven Kehoe with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award—recognizing the student athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.
• Ohio State closed out regular season conference play with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-19) sweep of No. 15 Ball State April 16 in St. John Arena to earn its fourth-consecutive outright MIVA championship. The Buckeye run is the second longest in the conference after Ball State’s five-year run from 1964 to 1968. Ohio State previously had won three consecutive titles from 1981 to 1983.
• The Buckeyes recorded their 20th victory of the season on senior night with a 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 30-24) non-conference win over St. Francis in St. John Arena April 17.

Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Junior Colt Sponseller has seamlessly transitioned from collegiate wrestling to the national and international style based on his performance April 11-12 at the ASICS University & Fila Cadet Nationals in Akron. Sponseller, who is the 2010 Big Ten Championships runner-up, captured the 74KG/163 pound title at the event held in the Athletics Field House Complex. The native of Glenmont, Ohio, now will contend for a roster spot on the 2010 World Wrestling Championships lineup when he wrestles at the U.S. World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11-12.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 19-May 2

April 21-24
Women’s track at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

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

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

April 22-24
Men’s track at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

April 22
Women’s lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

April 23-25
Women’s golf at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Madison, Wis.

April 23
Men’s tennis at Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s tennis vs. Wisconsin, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

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

April 24-25
Men’s golf at Boilermaker Invitational, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

April 24
Men’s lacrosse vs. Air Force, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

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

Football Spring Game, 1:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

Softball vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

April 25
Women’s tennis vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s lacrosse vs. Detroit Mercy, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

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

Softball vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

April 28
Softball vs. Michigan (DH), 4:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

April 29-May 2
Women’s tennis at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Iowa City, Iowa

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

April 30-May 2
Men’s golf at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

April 30-May 1
Men’s track at Jesse Owens Track Classic, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s track at Jesse Owens Track Classic, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

April 30
Baseball at Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

May 1
Rowing at Big Ten Championships, All Day
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s track at Stanford Invitational, All Day
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s lacrosse vs. Bellarmine, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Softball at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Baseball at Michigan, 6:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

May 2
Women’s lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

Baseball at Michigan, 1:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Softball at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa