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• Christina Manning’s meteoric rise to national prominence continued March 13 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships as the sophomore became a first-time All-American after a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60m hurdles. The 2010 Big Ten champion in the hurdles, Manning used a time of 8.30.

• After being named Big Ten Player of the Year by the conference coaches and media and First Team All-America by the Sporting News, Evan Turner averaged 26.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists to go along with a buzzer-beater from almost midcourt in the quarterfinals against Michigan to lead the Buckeyes to the Big Ten tournament championship.

• For the 26th time in the history of the program, Ohio State was crowned U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champions March 13. Behind wins in the team, trio and duet routines, the Buckeyes compiled 96 points at the Avery Aquatic Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. Host Stanford finished second with 82 points. It is the ninth title for the Scarlet and Gray in 14 seasons under head coach Linda Lichter-Witter.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 17 Baseball (9-4)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• For the third-consecutive week, a Buckeye received a weekly Big Ten baseball honor as outfielder Zach Hurley earned his first career Player of the Week honor, the conference announced March 8.
• Ohio State played in the University of Tennessee Arby’s Classic Tournament March 13-14. The Buckeyes fell to Marshall, 17-1, Saturday then opened up a double-header Sunday with a 5-4 loss to Connecticut before defeating Tennessee, 2-0. OSU ace Alex Wimmers improved to 4-0 after an eight-inning, three-hit effort against the Volunteers.

No. 5/7 Men’s Basketball (27-7, 14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• The Big Ten Conference office announced on March 8 the 2010 All-Big Ten men’s basketball teams and individual award winners. Ohio State’s Evan Turner captured the conference’s highest honor, as he was named Big Ten Player of the Year in voting by conference coaches and media. Head coach Thad Matta was named the conference coach of the year by the media.
• Turner, a national player of the year candidate on the men’s basketball team, has been named a First Team All-America by the Sporting News, released March 9 on its Web site.
• Turner took an inbounds pass, dribbled upcourt and drained a 37-footer at the buzzer to give No. 5 Ohio State a 69-68 win over Michigan March 12 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Turner then led the Buckeyes again March 13, scoring 12 of his 31 points after regulation to lead Ohio State past Illinois 88-81 in double overtime.
• The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota, 90-61, in the Big Ten tournament championship game March 14. Turner had his second 30-point performance in as many games with 31, along with 11 rebounds, to lead Ohio State.

No. 8/9 Women’s Basketball (30-4, 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Lost in all the excitement of the Buckeyes’ thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Hawkeyes, which gave Ohio State its second-consecutive Big Ten tournament title, was another monumental milestone by tournament most outstanding player Jantel Lavender. With her fourth free throw at the 3:51 mark of the second half, Lavender eclipsed 2,000 points in her 100th career game, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to reach the milestone in her junior season.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
• The men’s and women’s fencing teams returned from the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships after earning runner-up finishes in both men’s and women’s divisions, falling in both to regional rival and host Notre Dame. The overall title was the first for the Irish since 2002, breaking the Buckeyes’ seven-year reign at the top of the MFC standings.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Buckeye freshman Zack Sobel was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Big Ten Match Play Championship. The Clearwater, Fla., native had a 3-0-1 record while helping the Buckeyes to a 2-1-1 mark at the second-annual event held Feb. 12-13 at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Competing in its final home meet of the season, the No. 5 Buckeyes hit a season-high 354.900 on senior day but fell to No. 2 Oklahoma (359.250) March 13 in front of 1,009 fans in St. John Arena.
• In all, Ohio State had four individual event winners in Steven Spencer on pommel horse (15.45), Brandon Wynn on rings (16.3) and parallel bars (14.95) and Tai Lee on high bar (14.85).

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• The Buckeyes defeated No. 17 Auburn with a season high, 195.525-194.725, March 13 in front of a crowd of 1,009 in St. John Arena.
• Junior Rebecca Best hit a season-high 39.150 and freshman Colleen Dean followed with a career-best 39.075 to finish 1-2 in the all-around. Sophomore Casey Williamson had a 38.900 and senior Kristin Perchatsch competed in the all-around for the first time this season scoring a 38.750 to take third and fourth, respectively.

Men’s Hockey (15-18-6, 10-12-6-4 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe was named to the All-CCHA First Team, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced March 9. Dalpe also is a finalist for the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Year Award, the CCHA announced March 11.
• Sophomore defenseman Matt Bartkowski was an honorable-mention selection to the all-league team, while Devon Krogh was an honorable mention all-rookie team choice. Junior defenseman Chris Reed picked up the team’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete award.
• Ohio State was downed by No. 1/2-ranked Miami in the CCHA tournament quarterfinal best-of-three series opener, 6-2, March 12 in Steve Cady Arena. Hunter Bishop scored twice for both Buckeye goals.
• Sergio Somma’s goal in overtime lifted the Buckeyes to a 5-4 win over the RedHawks and tied the CCHA quarterfinal series at a game each. In the decisive game 3, Ohio State was edged by Miami, 2-1.

Women’s Hockey (17-15-5, 12-13-3-1 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Senior defenseman Rachel Davis was selected to compete in the Skills Challenge April 9 as part of the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit. Participants were announced March 10. She is one of six women’s hockey skaters chosen to represent the West, along with two goalies. The co-captain from Horton, Mich., is the fourth women’s hockey Buckeye to compete in the event, now in its fifth year, featuring men’s and women’s hockey players from Division I and III levels competing in various hockey skills.

Men’s Lacrosse (4-2)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• After an overtime victory over Penn State, senior Mario Ventiquattro and Logan Schuss were named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Offensive and Co-Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced March 8.
• Despite a season-high 14 saves from senior goalie Brandon Freeman, Ohio State was defeated by Robert Morris, 12-7, March 9 in Moon Township, Pa. Freshman Dominique Alexander led the Buckeyes with two goals in the game.
• Ohio State improved to 4-0 at home, downing Albany, 11-6, March 13 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Freshman Jeff Tundo led the Buckeye attack with a hat trick, with classmate Logan Schuss scoring twice.

No. 18 Women’s Lacrosse (4-2)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Maghan Beaudrault scored the game-winner with 36 seconds remaining in regulation to give Ohio State a dramatic 16-15 victory over Louisville March 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The tally was Beaudrault’s second of the game and came just 32 seconds after Brittney Zerhusen tied the game at 15.
• Kelly Haggerty scored three goals and added four assists, one on the game-winner, against the Cardinals while Gabby Capuzzi added four goals.

Rifle
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Ohio State freshman Amanda Furrer finished seventh in smallbore rifle at the NCAA Championships March 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. She advanced to the championship finals by shooting a 582 in her relay. In the finals, Furrer shot a 96.7 to finish seventh with a combined score of 678.7.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• For the 26th time in the history of the program, Ohio State was crowned U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champions March 13. Behind wins in the team, trio and duet routines, the Buckeyes compiled 96 points at the Avery Aquatic Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. Host Stanford finished second with 82 points. It is the ninth title for the Scarlet and Gray in 14 seasons under head coach Linda Lichter-Witter.
• Considered one of the most dynamic and eye-catching events of synchronized swimming, the team routine final featured the Scarlet squad tallying a 95.500. The group of Lauren Robinson, Jackie Mundy, Barbara Nesbitt, Paige Ramsey, Deborah Shim, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Caitlin Stewart outdistanced Stanford’s 94.875 for its third-straight title and 28th overall.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• For the third time in five weeks, sophomore Chase Buchanan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week March 9.
• Ohio State is 10th in national attendance the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced March 9. In the ITA’s first release of the national attendance race, the Buckeyes have totaled 1,131 fans in seven home dual matches.
• The Buckeyes opened their league schedule with a 7-0 win against No. 60 Purdue March 12 and in front of 225 friends, family and fans who wanted to witness history, earned their 100th-straight win in Columbus. No other Big Ten team in any sport has accomplished this feat as Ohio State has won all its home matches the past six seasons.

No. 30 Women’s Tennis (12-4, 1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State fell, 4-3, in a close match to No. 57 Purdue March 12 in West Lafayette, Ind.

No. 20 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Sophomore All-American Thomas Murdaugh, head coach Robert Gary and associate head coach Ed Beathea were honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) March 9 for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2010 indoor track and field season. Murdaugh was named athlete of the year while Gary was named coach of the year and Beathea was named assistant coach of the year.
• Sophomore Matt DeChant captured All-American honors for the first time in his career March 12 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships with a 10th-place finish in the shot put.
• Jeff See earned the fourth All-American award of his career March 13 at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a sixth-place finish in the mile run.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Head coach Karen Dennis was named Great Lakes Coach of the Year March 9 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
• Christina Manning’s meteoric rise to national prominence continued March 13 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships as the sophomore became a first-time All-American after a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60m hurdles. The 2010 Big Ten champion in the hurdles, Manning used a time of 8.30.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (12-7, 6-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State libero Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week March 9. In two matches, Berzins averaged 4.29 digs per game and had a .979 serve reception percentage handling 47 of 48 attempts.

Women’s Volleyball
Head coach: Geoff Carlston
• Head coach Geoff Carlston announced the hiring of Jayme Gergen as an assistant coach to the program. She is replacing Nadia Edwards who left to become the head women’s volleyball coach at DePaul.

No. 3/4 Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• With six wrestlers already qualifying for the 2010 NCAA Championships following the Big Ten championships March 7, Ohio State added two more to the contingent that will travel to the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., March 18-20.
• Lance Palmer, the 2010 Big Ten Champion at 149 pounds and Most Outstanding Wrestler at the event, is the No. 1 seed. Along with Palmer, the Buckeyes will take Nikko Triggas (125), Ian Paddock (133), Reece Humphrey (141), Colt Sponseller (165), Dave Rella (174), Mike Pucillo (184) and C.J. Magrum (197).

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 15-28

March 16-20
Pistol at National Pistol Collegiate Championships, TBA
Ft. Benning, Ga.

March 18
Women’s swimming at NCAA Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s tennis vs. Detroit Mercy, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 18-20
Wrestling at NCAA Championships, TBA
Omaha, Neb.

March 19
Baseball vs. Eastern Illinois, 10 a.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Baseball vs. Bucknell, 1:30 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Softball vs. Syracuse at South Florida Tournament, 11 a.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Softball vs. Long Island at South Florida Tournament, 1 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

March 20
Baseball vs. Army, 6:30 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Softball vs. North Florida at South Florida Tournament, 12 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

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

Women’s lacrosse vs. George Washington, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Florida Atlantic at South Florida Tournament, 3 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Men’s gymnastics at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

March 21
Baseball vs. Cornell, 1:30 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Softball vs. Florida Gulf Coast at South Florida Tournament, 11 a.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Men’s volleyball at Penn State, 4 p.m.
State College, Pa.

March 22
Baseball at Bethune-Cookman, 3 p.m.
Daytona Beach, Fla.

Men’s volleyball at George Mason, 7 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.

March 23
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, 10 a.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Women’s tennis at Long Beach State, 2 p.m.
Long Beach, Calif.

Men’s tennis at LSU, 2 p.m.
Baton Rouge, La.

Softball at South Florida, 6 p.m.
Tampa, Fla.

Men’s lacrosse at Fairfield, 7 p.m.
Fairfield, Conn.

March 24
Men’s track at Raleigh Relays, TBA
Raleigh, NC

Softball at Central Florida, 11 a.m.
Orlando, Fla.

Softball vs. Cornell, 1 p.m.
Orlando, Fla.

Baseball vs. South Florida, 6:30 p.m.
Auburndale, Fla.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

March 25-27
Men’s swimming and diving NCAA Championships, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

March 25-28
Fencing at NCAA Championships, TBA
Boston, Mass.

March 25
B aseball at Webber International, 1 p.m.
Babson Park, Fla.

Men’s tennis at Georgia, 4 p.m.
Athens, Ga.

March 26
Women’s golf at Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic, TBA
Athens, Ga.

Men’s golf at FAU Spring Break Tournament, TBA
Delray Beach, Fla.

March 27
Women’s golf at Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic, TBA
Athens, Ga.

Men’s golf at FAU Spring Break Tournament, TBA
Delray Beach, Fla.

Rowing vs. Princeton/Brown, TBA
Princeton, NJ

Women’s tennis at Rice, 12 p.m.
Houston, Texas

Men’s lacrosse at Quinnipiac, 12 p.m.
Hamden, Conn.

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

Women’s gymnastics Big Ten Championships, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Softball vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

March 28
Women’s golf at Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic, TBA
Athens, Ga.

Men’s golf at FAU Spring Break Tournament, TBA
Delray Beach, Fla.

Men’s tennis vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s tennis vs. Cleveland State, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio