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Athletes of the Week
• Chase Buchanan upset a pair of ranked SEC opponents Feb. 4 and 6 at the Varsity Tennis Center to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-0 on the year. Buchanan opened the weekend with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over No. 32 Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss. He then recorded another straight-set win, this time vs. No. 13 Javier Garrapiz of Georgia 6-3, 6-3. Buchanan is now 12-3 overall.

• Diver Katie Bell captured her second U.S. national championship this weekend with a gold medal performance on the synchronized 10-meter platform event at the U.S. Diving Winter Nationals in Iowa City, Iowa. She also captured a silver medal on the 10-meter platform event in her first competitive meet in a year as she had been recovering from a shoulder injury.

Athletics
• Returning from winter break, Ohio State student-athletes wasted no time getting back to action in the classroom and the Columbus community. Recording 458 service hours, 13 teams found time to give back in January. Hosting a clinic which benefited the Finish Hard Foundation and former Buckeye assistant coach Dennis Stewart, the men’s lacrosse team compiled the most hours in January with 179. Members of the squad also visited JJ Snider, who was adopted by the team through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, at his doctor appointment.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State remained unbeaten with a pair of wins last week vs. No. 12 Purdue at home and at Northwestern. Jared Sullinger was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the 10th time for his efforts in the two wins, the league office announced Jan. 31.
• Sullinger hammered away inside for 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State came back from a sluggish half to beat Michigan 62-53 Feb. 3, helping the Buckeyes open with 23 wins for the second time in school history.
• David Lighty scored 19 points and Sullinger had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help top-ranked Ohio State remain unbeaten with an 82-69 victory over No. 18 Minnesota on Feb. 6.

Women’s Basketball (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State suffered its third straight defeat Feb. 6, dropping a 74-68 decision to Northwestern at Value City Arena.

Cheerleading
Head coach: Lenee Buchman
• Ohio State cheerleaders Cassie Benfield and Brittany Maynard have been chosen to represent Team USA at the 2011 International Cheer Union World Championships April 29, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Twenty-three of the nation’s top high school football players have signed to play at The Ohio State University, Coach Jim Tressel announced Feb. 2. The class includes 13 defenders, nine offensive players and one specialist. 13 of the signees are from the state of Ohio; seven other states are also represented in this recruiting class.

No. 21 Women’s Gymnastics (1-2-1)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State gymnast Melanie Shaffer earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after her strong performance in a tri-meet with Bowling Green and Western Michigan, the conference office announced Jan. 31. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native set career-highs on beam and floor while tying her career-best on vault en route to a pair of event wins as the Buckeyes posted a season-high team score of 195.450. Shaffer won vault with a score of 9.825, tying her career-best set last weekend against Illinois, and floor with a career-high 9.850. The freshman also set her career-high on beam with a 9.800 to tie for third.
• No. 16 Ohio State scored a season high but dropped a 196.375-195.575 at No. 25 Denver Feb. 4.

Men’s Hockey (14-13-2, 9-11-2-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State dropped a 2-0 game to Michigan State Feb. 4 in Value City Arena. The Spartans scored in the second period and the lead held, with MSU adding a late shorthanded, empty-net goal. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter made 23 saves in the effort.
• With two goals from Sergio Somma and four primary assists from John Albert, Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 4-2, Feb. 5 in Value City Arena.

Women’s Hockey (14-14-2, 8-14-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Natalie Spooner, a junior forward on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Feb. 2. This is her first honor of the season and sixth of her career. Overall, the Buckeyes have garnered seven weekly awards this season.
• Ohio State rallied to take a 3-2 lead late in the third period, but the Fighting Sioux battled back with two goals, including the gamewinner with nine seconds left in overtime to give No. 8 North Dakota the 4-3 victory Feb. 4 in the first game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
• Ohio State to No. 8 North Dakota by a score of 3-2 Feb. 5 at the OSU Ice Rink, giving the Fighting Sioux all six points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. Down 1-0 after the first, the Buckeyes battled back and forth with North Dakota over the next two periods, tying the score twice before UND scored the gamewinner in the third period.

Pistol
Head coach: James Sweeney
• Ohio State hosted one of seven sectionals shooting to qualify for the Collegiate Nationals, March 15-19 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Ten open and five women’s teams will qualify for the Nationals. Qualifying teams will be announced once all seven sectional results are turned in. In the open events Ohio State shoot a 6,350 to Michigan State’s 5,690. The Buckeyes won all three open events shooting 2,044 in free, 2,109 in standard and 2,197 in air pistol. OSU’s Aaron Tourigny posted top scores in free (524) and air (557) pistol. Buckeye Joe Totts was first in standard pistol with a 550.

Rifle
Head coach: Patrick Cherry
• Ohio State finished fourth last weekend at the Withrow Invitational hosted by Murray State. The host Racers won the Invitational shooting an aggregate of 4,656. Murray State scored a 2,312 in smallbore and 2,344 in air rifle. The Buckeyes shot a 4,614 aggregate score finishing third in smallbore rifle with a 2,288 and sixth in air rifle with a 2,323. OSU’s Amanda Furrer took first place in smallbore rifle shooting a 586. Dan Hemsmeier of Memphis was second at 584.
• Ohio State defeated Akron and the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in competition at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall on the Ohio State campus. The Buckeyes score an aggregate 4,626 in the meet with Akron scoring 4,547 and Rose Hulman, 4,408. OSU finished first in both events scoring 2,298 in smallbore and 2,328 in air rifle.

No. 22 Softball
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Alicia Herron, a junior co-captain on the Ohio State softball team, has been selected to the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List, the Amateur Softball Association of America announced Feb. 2.

No. 11 Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-1)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• About an hour before the 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming team would conclude its dual meet season by hosting defending Mid American Conference champion Eastern Michigan, head coach Bill Wadley assembled his team and told them: “This night is about honoring our 10 seniors who have given an awful lot of their lives to this team, showing them respect and letting them know how much we appreciate what they’ve done for this program.” And that’s just what the team did. In honor of 10 highly intelligent, forward-thinking and forever and always 2010 Big Ten champions, the Buckeyes went out and cruised to a 167-89 win over the Eagles in the final dual meet of the season and, for some, the final meaningful racing event of their careers. The win capped a 10-1 dual meet season for the Buckeyes and improved the seniors’ four-year dual meet record to an impressive 39-5.

No. 18 Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-1)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State senior diver Katie Bell has advanced through the semifinal round in the 10-meter platform event at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Iowa City, Iowa. The Columbus native and Graham High School graduate will compete in the finals Saturday at Iowa’s new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center for a U.S. national championship and a chance at representing the United States at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in May and the FINA World Championships in July.
• Bell won the silver medal Feb. 5 on the 10-meter platform event at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Iowa City, Iowa. Bell totaled 347.35 points to trail only Brittany Viola, who won her first national title with 357.70 points. She then capped her return to competitive diving with a gold medal performance on the synchronized 10-meter diving event later in the evening.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• Ohio State hosted its second meet this season against Ball State, Boston University, Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Wheaton College in the fifth-annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Feb. 5. The Scarlet and Gray finished with the top spot in each routine en route to scoring 93 points.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (7-0)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• No. 4 Ohio State continued its winning ways at home, defeating No. 18 Mississippi, 6-1, Feb. 4 at the Varsity Tennis Center to move to 6-0 on the year. The Buckeyes extended their home win streak to 116-consecutive matches, which began in 2002-03. With the win, Ohio State improves to 3-2 vs. the Rebels (2-2, 0-0) all-time.
• For the second time this weekend, No. 4 Ohio State captured a 6-1 victory over a ranked SEC team as it handed the No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs their first loss of the season Feb. 6 at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. For the third-consecutive match the Buckeyes have defeated a ranked opponent and with the victory, they have won a school-record 117-consecutive home matches.

No. 16 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State track and field and cross country head coach Robert Gary will represent the Buckeyes as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships, August 27 to September 4, in Daegu, South Korea, USA Track and Field announced last month.
• 16th-ranked Ohio State competed at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational Feb. 5 at the GaREAT Sport Complex. Despite resting several team members, Ohio State nevertheless witnessed a number of impressive performances from its competing student-athletes. Highlights included a 1-2-3-4 finish by the Buckeye weight throwers and first-place efforts from freshman Barron Witherspoon in the 60m hurdles and junior Steve MacDonald in the long jump.

No. 25 Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Junior Ashley Galbraith was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Jan. 31 by the conference office after an outstanding performance in the high jump at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet this past weekend. The Struthers, Ohio native won the high jump, clearing 1.79m – a new PR and the sixth-best indoor mark in school history. By clearing the bar one attempt before fellow Big Ten jumper Emily Breslin of Purdue, Galbraith was able to win the event. Her jump is tied for 15th best in Division I this season and tied for the best in the Big Ten this season.
• Running against some of the nation’s top competition, 25th-ranked Ohio State finished the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Feb. 5 with an eighth-place finish out of 42 teams. The Buckeyes finished with 38.5 points with No. 7 BYU winning the meet with 90.50 points.

No. 6 Men’s Volleyball (6-2, 1-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ninth-ranked Ohio State earned a 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-16) victory over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge Feb. 4 in a match played in Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 17 points with a match-high 15 kills (.476), one ace serve and two assist blocks.
• Ninth-ranked Ohio State a 3-2 upset of seventh-ranked UC Irvine Feb. 5 in Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Sangrey posted a match and season-high 26.5 points with a season-high 25 kills (.409), one ace serve and one assist block.

Wrestling (2-9, 1-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Behind wins from a quartet of Buckeyes in Bo Touris, Colt Sponseller, Nick Heflin, and C.J. Magrum, Ohio State scored 12 points, but dropped a 21-12 decision at No. 19 Illinois Feb. 4 in Huff Hall.
• Nearly 24 hours after Ohio State matched-up against No. 19 Illinois in Champaign, the Buckeyes quickly returned to action vs. No. 4 Minnesota, dropping a 31-9 decision to the Golden Gophers Feb. 5 in St. John Arena.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 7-20

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, Noon
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, 5 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, 10 a.m.
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.

Feb. 14
Women’s Golf at Northrup Grunman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 15
Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Northrup Grunman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 16
Women’s Golf at Northrup Grunman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship
Bloomington, Ind.

Feb. 17
Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Feb. 18
Men’s Tennis at N/A ITA National Team Indoor Championship, All Day
Seattle, Wash.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Pistol vs. TBA (The Final Countdown), TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Baseball at Big Ten/Big East Challenge – Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Women’s Hockey at Bemidji State, 2 p.m.
Bemidji, Minn.

Softball at South Alabama Tournament – UT-Chattanooga, 3:30 p.m.
Mobile , Ala.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, OH

Women’s Lacrosse at Navy, 7 p.m.
Annapolis, Md.

Men’s Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, OH

Men’s Volleyball at Ball State, 7:30 p.m.
Muncie, Ind.

Softball at South Alabama Tournament, 8 p.m.
Mobile, Ala.

Feb. 19
Men’s Tennis at N/A ITA National Team Indoor Championship, All Day
Seattle, Wash.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Pistol vs. TBA (The Final Countdown), TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Wrestling vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse vs. North Carolina, 12 p.m.
Ohio Stadium or Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball at Big Ten/Big East Challenge – Louisville, 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Women’s Hockey at Bemidji State, 2 p.m.
Bemidji, Minn.

Softball at South Alabama Tournament – UT-Martin, 2:30 p.m.
Mobile , Ala.

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

Feb. 20
Men’s Tennis at ITA National Team Indoor Championship, All Day
Seattle, Wash.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Men’s Golf at Puerto Rico Classic, All Day
Rio Grande, P.R.

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Baseball at Big Ten/Big East Challenge – St. John’s, 10 a.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Softball at South Alabama Tournament – Evansville, 11 a.m.
Mobile, Ala.

Women’s Lacross at American, 12 p.m.
Washington D.C.

Men’s Basketball at Purdue, 1 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Purdue, 5 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.