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Athletes of the Week
• Cory Leslie ran a blistering time of 3:57.97 in the mile Jan. 29 at the Penn State National Invitational, shattering the Ohio State school record on his way to a first-place finish for the 21st-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team. The blazing time posted by Leslie, a junior from Huron, Ohio, is an NCAA automatic qualifier and the second-best time in the nation so far this season. In addition to breaking his personal record and the OSU school record, Leslie also bettered the National Invitational meet record and Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track record time (previously 3:59.15).

• Natalie Spooner, a junior forward on the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team, helped the Buckeyes sweep St. Cloud State last weekend on the road, combining for four goals and two assists in two games vs. the Huskies. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, Spooner recorded her third-career hat trick in game one with an assist for a total of four points in the 6-1 victory. She returned to the ice the next day and added a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win. Spooner leads the Buckeyes with 14 multi-point games this season and has a team-high 24 goals. She also leads the nation in power play goals with 10 in 2011 and owns the Buckeye record for career game-winning with 12.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger earns Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the fourth time and Freshman of the Week honors for the ninth time this season. The 6-9 center averaged a double-double last week in wins against Iowa and No. 23/22 Illinois. He scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Ohio State’s win over the Illini, finishing with averages of 20.0 points and 12.5 rebounds.
• William Buford had 19 points, Sullinger added 17 and No. 1 Ohio State played almost flawlessly in rolling past No. 12 Purdue 87-64 Jan. 25.
• Senior guard David Lighty has been named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in basketball Jan. 26. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
• No one could have blamed Thad Matta for letting out a sigh of relief. Top-ranked Ohio State’s coach expected a difficult time against Northwestern, and that’s exactly what the unbeaten Buckeyes got Jan. 29. They also found a way to capture their 22nd straight victory, thanks to a late steal from Lighty and a tie-breaking free throw from Sullinger to pull out a 58-57 victory over the short-handed and determined Wildcats.

No. 24 Women’s Basketball (13-8, 4-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Jantel Lavender hit double figures for the 121st consecutive game, scoring 22 points to lead No. 24 Ohio State to an 81-67 win over No. 18 Iowa an. 24.
• Ashley Adams shot 80 percent from the floor last week, averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the first time. In a win over Illinois, the freshman filled the stat sheet with 13 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals. She followed that effort with a 16-point outing vs. No. 18/21 Iowa Jan. 24, contributing seven rebounds and two steals in the Buckeye victory.
• Rachel Sheffer scored five of her 23 points down the stretch and Michigan rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat No. 24 Ohio State 69-66 Jan. 27.
• Lavender scored 26 points and Tayler Hill added 18, but Ohio State couldn’t contain Penn State guards Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas who combined for 39 points as Penn State pulled out the 80-71 win Jan. 30 in University Park.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Anthony Schlegel, a former Buckeye and NFL linebacker, met with the media Jan. 25 after being named to the Ohio State football coaching staff this week as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Schlegel, a two-year letterwinner (2004-05), was a member of the Big Ten co-champion squad that won the 2006 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.
• Stan Drayton, one of the top offensive skill coaches in the nation, is joining the Ohio State football staff as an assistant coach working with the Buckeye wide receivers, Coach Jim Tressel announced Jan. 27. Drayton will start his duties Feb. 1.

No. 21 Women’s Gymnastics (1-1-1)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State gymnast Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced Jan. 24. Miller, from Collegeville, Pa., placed first on balance beam and floor exercise in the Buckeyes’ tie against Illinois Jan. 22. The freshman tied her career-high with a 9.875 on beam and set a career best with a 9.925 on floor. Miller also tied for third with a 9.825 on vault.
• No. 21 Ohio State recorded a season-high 195.450 to take the meet title in a tri-meet with Bowling Green and Western Michigan Jan. 30 at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green.

Men’s Hockey (13-12-4, 8-10-2-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State fell in overtime to Alaska, 1-0, Jan. 28 in the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, as the Nanooks scored a power-play goal for the victory. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter had 29 saves in the loss, holding the Nanooks scoreless through regulation.
• Ohio State lost on the road at Alaska, 6-2, Jan. 29 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The win gives the Nanooks a sweep of the Buckeyes, just the second time the team has been swept this year.

Women’s Hockey (14-12-2, 8-12-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Led by four points by Natalie Spooner, Ohio State defeated St. Cloud State, 6-1, Jan. 28 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. Spooner tallied her third-career hat trick along with an assist to help the Buckeyes improve to 3-0 this season vs. the Huskies.
• Ohio State defeated St. Cloud State, 3-2, Jan. 29 in thrilling fashion at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. With the score tied 2-2, freshman forward Ally Tarr tallied the game-winning goal with 51 seconds remaining in regulation for her third goal of the series and sixth overall in 2011.

Women’s Lacrosse
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Ohio State is scheduled to appear at least twice on the Big Ten Network this season, announced recently by the national network. The Buckeyes will travel to University College, Pa., and face Penn State April 17 before welcoming Johns Hopkins to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 30.

Pistol
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State won six of seven events at the Winter Open hosted by Ohio State at the Lt. Hugh W. Wyle Range in Converse Hall. In the open events, the Buckeyes won two of three events with Joe Totts winning standard pistol with an all-time school record of 563. Aaron Tourigney won free pistol shooting a 513 while Thomas Jordan was first in air pistol with a 566 shooting as an independent. Totts won the three-gun aggregate with a 1,604. Tourigney was second at 1,585 and Bryan Basenback third at 1,567.

No. 22 Softball
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State will begin the 2011 season at No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Jan. 25. Last season, the Buckeyes, which return five starters and 11 letterwinners, spent 13-consecutive weeks in the national rankings.

No. 11 Men’s Swimming and Diving (9-1)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State swimmers won eight races in a quadrangular meet at the University of Michigan’s Canham Natatorium and in the process picked up wins over Penn State and Northwestern while dropping a close meet against the Wolverines. Ohio State, nationally ranked at No. 11 this week, routed both the Nittany Lions, 235-87, and the Wildcats, 235-87, but dropped a narrow 187-141 decision to No. 13 Michigan.

No. 18 Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-1)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State closed out its dual meet season with four wins at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., this weekend and in the process set a school record for single season wins. In the final weekend of racing prior to the Big Ten championships, which will be held Feb. 16-19 at Indiana University, Ohio State powered through the championship format schedule to defeat Notre Dame 197-166.5, Northwestern 205-159, Iowa 256-94, and Denver 238-120. The team, competing without the aid of its divers, who are in Iowa City, Iowa, at the U.S. Diving National Championships, won 11 races during the two-day, three-session invitational. Sophomore sprinter Megan Detro was part of six wins – individual wins in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events plus three relay wins – to spark the Buckeyes to four wins last weekend. She teamed with Alex Norris, Samantha Cheverton and Anita Beck to set a new Rolfs Aquatic Center record in the 800 free relay in 7:22.85. The mark bested a record from 1991 by a Michigan quartet that had stood as the third-oldest record in the facility. She also swam on winning 400 free and 800 free relay teams.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (5-0)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• No. 4 Ohio State downed No. 75 William & Mary in the first match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 29 in Columbus.
• In the final match of the 2011 ITA Men’s Kick-Off Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, No. 4 Ohio State defeated No. 56 UC Irvine, 7-0, Jan. 30 at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. With the victory, the Buckeyes will be one of 16 teams to compete at the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.
• Ohio State, the fourth-ranked men’s tennis team in the nation, defeated in-state opponent Toledo, 6-0, for its second win of the day Jan. 30 at the Ohio State University Indoor Tennis Center.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis (2-1)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• No. 33 Ohio State dropped its first match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend against No. 12 Tennessee, 6-1, on the road in the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 30.

No. 24 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Cory Leslie ran a blistering time of 3:57.97 in the mile Jan. 29 at the Penn State National Invitational, shattering the Ohio State school record on his way to a first-place finish for the 21st-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team. The blazing time posted by Leslie, a junior from Huron, Ohio, is an NCAA automatic qualifier and the second-best time in the nation so far this season. In addition to breaking his personal record and the OSU school record, Leslie also bettered the National Invitational meet record and Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track record time (previously 3:59.15).

No. 24 Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• No. 24 Ohio State faced stiff competition Jan. 29 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at the University of Kentucky as several new personal records were set and top times and marks in school history were recorded. Redshirt junior Jordan Jennewine posted the third-best indoor mile time in school history as she battled fiercely for a second-place finish in 4:49.60, a new personal record. Junior Christina Manning (7.48) tied her personal record in the 60m dash as she took a second place finish for the Buckeyes. Her time is now the third-fastest indoor time in school history.

No. 9 Men’s Volleyball (4-2, 1-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State’s men’s volleyball student-athletes libero Anthony Hock and opposite Shawn Sangrey were named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association defensive and offensive players of the week, respectively.
• Ninth-ranked (tie) Ohio State, behind a season-high 25 points from Shawn Sangrey posted a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18) victory at second-ranked (Div. III) Juniata Jan. 29 at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center in Huntingdon, Pa. He added 23 kills (.326), one ace serve, five digs and two assist blocks.

Wrestling (2-7, 1-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Despite jumping out to an early 6-0 lead, Ohio State dropped a 27-9 decision to No. 13 Michigan Jan. 28 in St. John Arena. A trio of Buckeyes in Nick Heflin (174), C.J. Magrum (184) and Colt Sponseller (165) secured wins for the Scarlet and Gray.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 1-13

Feb. 3
Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup Challenge, TBA
Las Vegas, Nev.

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

Feb. 3-5
Women’s Track and Field at New Balance Collegiate Invitational, TBA
New York, N.Y.

Feb. 4-5
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at Meyo Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Feb. 4
Men’s Volleyball vs. Cal State Northridge, 5 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Men’s Tennis vs. Mississippi, 5 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. Eastern Michigan, 5 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. North Dakota, 7 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan State, 7:35 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Gymnastics at Denver, 9:30 p.m.
Denver, Colo.

Feb. 5-6
Fencing at Northwestern Duals, TBA
Evanston, Ill.

Feb. 5
Men’s Lacrosse at Duke (Scrimmage), TBA
Durham, N.C.

Synchronized Swimming Jessica Beck Memorial Meet, 2 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. North Dakota, 4 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, 5 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Wrestling vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 6
Rifle vs. Akron and RHIT, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Georgia, 12 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Basketball vs. Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 9
Women’s Tennis at Kentucky, 1 p.m.
Lexington, Ky.

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

Feb. 10
Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 6 p.m.
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. Quincy, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 11-12
Men’s Golf at Big Ten Match Play Championship, All Day
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Women’s Track at Akron Invitational, TBA
Akron, Ohio

Men’s Track at Akron Invitational, TBA
Akron, Ohio

Feb. 11
Men’s Track at New Mexico Invitational, TBA
Albuquerque, N.M.

Softball vs. Kentucky, 4 p.m.
Miami, Fla.

Women’s Tennis vs. Penn State, 6 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Softball at FIU, 6 p.m.
Miami, Fla.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Quincy, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m.
OSU Ice Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Feb. 12
Men’s and Women’s Swimming Ohio State Winter Invite, TBA
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Synchronized Swimming at Richmond, TBA
Richmond, Va.

Softball vs. Memphis, 10 a.m.
Miami, Fla.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Mercer, 1 p.m.
Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse at Duke, 1 p.m.
Durham, N.C.

Men’s Basketball at Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Gymnastics vs. Brockport, 4 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Gymnastics vs. West Virginia, 4 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4 p.m.
OSU Ice Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. North Florida, 4 p.m.
Miami, Fla.

Men’s Tennis vs. LSU, 7 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Feb. 13
Men’s and Women’s Swimming Ohio State Winter Invite, TBA
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Synchronized Swimming at William & Mary, TBA
Williamsburg, Va.

Softball vs. DePaul, 9 a.m.
Miami, Fla.

Women’s Tennis vs. William & Mary, 11 a.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling at Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Basketball at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.