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Athletes of the Week
• Ohio State’s Kelsey Imig earned an extremely rare five first-team All-America honors at the Collegiate Nationals March 16-20 at Ft. Benning, Ga. She becomes the first Buckeye to be named a first-team All-American in the open pistol, free pistol and standard pistol and in women’s air pistol and sport pistol in one season.

• Ohio State senior wrestler Lance Palmer wrapped up his career as a four-time All-American. Following a runner-up finish at 149 pounds at the 2010 NCAA Championships March 20, Palmer joins Tommy Rowlands (2001-04) as one of just two Buckeyes to collect four All-America laurels.

Athletics
• Athletic Director Gene Smith has been selected as one of five nominees for Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year.
• 24 current and former Buckeyes student-athletes received bachelor’s degrees at The Ohio State University’s winter 2010 commencement ceremonies March 21 in the Schottenstein Center.

No. 27 Baseball (12-4)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Ohio State opened its eight-game spring break trip to Florida with a pair of wins, a 7-6 decision over Eastern Illinois and a 9-7 victory over Bucknell, March 19 in Winter Haven.
• The Buckeyes then picked up a 12-2 victory over Army behind a season-high 22 hits March 20 also in Winter Haven. Alex Wimmers picked up the win to move to 5-0 on the season, going seven innings, with two earned runs and eight strike outs. Zach Hurley, Cory Kovanda and Michael Stephens each finished 4-for-6. Hurley drove in three runs, scored three runs, doubled twice and homered.

No. 5/6 Men’s Basketball (29-7, 14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Junior guard Jon Diebler had 23 points while hitting seven 3-pointers and forward Dallas Lauderdale grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds as Ohio State outlasted UC Santa Barbara 68-51 in the first round of the NCAA tournament March 19.
• Evan Turner came within an assist and a rebound of his third triple-double of the season, and 2nd-seeded Ohio State defeated Georgia Tech, 75-66, March 21 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes advance to the Midwest Regional to face 6th-seed Tennessee March 26 in St. Louis.
• Turner was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy for player of the year. Joining him are Sherron Collins (Kansas), Wes Johnson (Syracuse) and John Wall (Kentucky). The winner will be named at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Guardians of the Game awards program at the Murat Theatre, April 4 in Indianapolis.

No. 8 Women’s Basketball (31-4, 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Junior All-American Jantel Lavender and sophomore first team All-Big Ten selection Samantha Prahalis were named to the 2010 WBCA State Farm All-Region Team.
• Lavender dominated inside for Ohio State with 23 points and 16 rebounds against St. Francis (Pa.), and the 2nd-seeded Buckeyes opened up a 27-point lead before halftime during a 93-59 rout in an NCAA first-round game March 21. Ohio State next faces Mississippi State in the second round at 7 p.m. March 23 in Pittsburgh.
• The Ohio State University was one of 33 winners in the NCAA Division I “Pack the House” Challenge. Ohio State hosted a total of 11,827 fans at its women’s basketball game vs. Michigan State on Feb. 21, the second-largest women’s crowd at Value City Arena.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
• Ohio State’s fencing squads traveled to the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill., March 13-14 to compete in the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional. The Buckeyes showed their prowess on the strips, claiming 12 Top 5 finishes in the event, putting the Scarlet and Gray in good shape for the NCAA Championships March 25-28 in Boston, Mass.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and director of athletics, announced March 16 head football coach Jim Tressel’s contract has been extended two years. The current contract, originally signed in 2008, will now run through Jan. 31, 2015 – the end of the 2014 football season.

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Brandon Wynn, a junior captain for Ohio State, earned his first career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor March 15 after notching a program-best 16.3 on rings vs. No. 2 Oklahoma March 13 in St. John Arena.
• Ohio State fell, 364.450-353.800, to No. 4 Michigan March 20 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sophomore Ty Echard had a night, scoring a career-best 15.7 on pommel horse to take first while Wynn won rings with a 15.95, his sixth victory this season on the apparatus. Back in action after missing two meets, sophomore Philip Onorato made a big impression, winning vault and tying his personal best with a 16.05.

Men’s Hockey (15-18-6, 10-12-6-4 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Buckeyes Zac Dalpe and Hunter Bishop each signed professional contracts last week. Dalpe signed with the Carolina Hurricanes and Bishop with the Montreal Canadiens.

Men’s Lacrosse (4-3)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Jeff Tundo, a freshman attackman, was named the ECAC Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, the conference announced March 15.
• Ohio State lost in overtime at No. 9 Notre Dame, 7-6, March 20 in Notre Dame, Ind. Seniors James Green and Mario Ventiquattro each had a hat trick to provide the scoring for the Buckeyes, while freshman goalie Ryan Brant had 10 saves in his first career start.

Women’s Lacrosse (5-2)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Brittney Zerhusen scored six goals and added an assist as Ohio State defeated George Washington, 19-11, March 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Zerhusen’s six goals stand as No. 3 all-time for single-game goals.

Pistol
Head coach: James Sweeney
• Ohio State’s Kelsey Imig earned an extremely rare five first-team All-America honors at the Collegiate Nationals March 16-20 at Ft. Benning, Ga. She becomes the first Buckeye to be named a first-team All-American in the open pistol, free pistol and standard pistol and in women’s air pistol and sport pistol in one season.
• The Buckeyes finished fifth overall in the open championships, finishing fifth in free, seventh in standard and third in the open event after losing the tiebreaker. The women’s squad finished third overall with a fourth place finished in air and third place in sport.

Rifle
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Ohio State’s Amanda Furrer earned first team All-America honors her seventh place finish in smallbore rifle at the NCAA Championships. She is the 15th Buckeye to earn All-America honors and the first since Ryan Kohatsu in 2005. Furrer was also honored by the National Rifle Association by being awarded the RedField Trophy, for the top smallbore shooter during the Intercollegiate Sectionals, shooting a 590.
• Seven Buckeyes earned All-Academic honors from the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association: Elizabeth Neumeyer, Nick Novello, Joshua Cain, James Clark, Henna Khan, Valerie Lakes and Jasmine Margaria.

No. 16 Softball (14-9)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State fell twice March 19, dropping an 11-3 decision to Syracuse in five innings and a 4-3 contest to Long Island at the 2010 USF ‘The Game’ Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
• The Buckeyes responded March 20 with a strong defensive effort but was unable to come up with a tying run, dropping a 1-0 contest to North Florida. OSU ended its three-game skid behind a two-hit game from freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols and an overall solid defensive effort. Ohio State defeated Florida Atlantic, 4-0, March 20 in its second game of the day at the USF ‘The Game’ Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Head coaches: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
• Ohio State, represented by three swimmers and two divers, finished in 22nd place at the 2010 NCAA championships that took place March 18-20 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on Purdue’s campus.
• Junior Samantha Cheverton broke her own school record in the 500 freestyle in a preliminary race at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving championships, but her time of 4:42.64 just missed qualifying her for a top 16 finish and a spot in the consolation finals March 18.
• Ohio State divers Chelsea Davis and Bianca Alvarez each picked up All-American accolades at the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships. Davis finished sixth in 1-meter diving. Alvarez placed 10th in the 1-meter diving and ninth in 3-meter diving.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (14-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Sophomore Chase Buchanan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the second-consecutive week the conference announced March 16.
• Ohio State concluded a four-match homestand with a 7-0 win over Detroit Mercy March 18 at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. Team co-captain and 26th-ranked Justin Kronauge now has 128 career singles victories, which is fourth on the all-time career wins list, following his 6-4, 6-0 win over Patrick Troy. The Dayton, Ohio, native is just one win shy of tying former teammate and four-time All-American Bryan Koniecko for third on the list with 129.

No. 20 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Senior Jeff See and sophomores Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant joined 366 of the nation’s top student-athletes on the USTFCCCA All-American list. Honors were awarded to the top eight finishing athletes at NCAA championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

No. 14 Men’s Volleyball (13-7)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• 14th-ranked Ohio State (13-7 overall) upset sixth-ranked Penn State (15-4) March 21 in Penn State’s Rec Hall. The 30-25-, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23 victory was OSU’s first win over the Nittany Lions in the last nine attempts. The Penn State loss was the first in Rec Hall for the Nittany Lions since the NCAA National Championship match in 2006.
• Setter Steven Kehoe has been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week and the AVCA Div. I-II National Player of the Week.

No. 3/4 Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Buckeye wrestler and senior team captain Reece Humphrey became a two-time All-American March 20 after finishing third at 141 pounds in the 2010 NCAA Championships. Joining Humphrey as an All-American was junior Nikko Triggas, who finished eighth in the 125-pound weight class at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Ohio State finished eighth in the team standings. • It wasn’t the finish he and Buckeye fans hoped for, but Ohio State senior wrestler Lance Palmer wrapped up his career as a four-time All-American. Following a runner-up finish at 149 pounds at the 2010 NCAA Championships March 20, Palmer joins Tommy Rowlands (2001-04) as one of just two Buckeyes to collect four All-America laurels.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 22-April 4

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, All Day
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 – Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

March 25-27
Men’s swimming and diving NCAA Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio – Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

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

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

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

March 26-28
Women’s golf at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, All Day
Athens, Ga.

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

March 27
Rowing vs. Princeton/Brown, TBA
Princeton, NJ

Women’s tennis at Rice, Noon
Houston, Texas

Men’s lacrosse at Quinnipiac, Noon
Hamden, Conn.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Florida, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio – Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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

Softball vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio – Buckeye Field

March 28
Men’s tennis vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio – Stickney Tennis Center

Softball vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio – Buckeye Field

Men’s tennis vs. Cleveland State, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio – Stickney Tennis Center

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 golf at Bryan National Collegiate, All-Day
Greensboro, NC

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 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, TBA
Kannapolis, NC

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 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.