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Athletes of the Week
• David Lighty finished 9-10 from the field, 7-7 from 3-point range to score a game-high 25 points and he became a graduate all in same day to help Ohio State advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 with a win over George Mason March 20. Two days earlier, Lighty scored eight points while dishing out five assists in the Buckeyes’ second round win over UTSA. He accomplished all of this while playing his last game in Ohio and in his hometown of Cleveland.

• Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year March 19 after earning six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season. Miller had an outstanding first year, holding the highest score on vault (9.900), beam (9.950) and floor (9.925) for the Buckeyes, marking the third Big Ten Freshman of the Year in Ohio State history after Taylor Jones earned the honor in 2009 and Susan Eckman won it in 1996.

Athletics
• With 14 teams volunteering their time, Ohio State student-athletes notched 461 service hours in February. Contributing to organizations and events such as BuckeyeThon and the Ronald McDonald House, Buckeyes volunteered with 22 different organizations. Clocking 107 hours, the women’s gymnastics team recorded the most hours during the month, with the spirit squad in second with 67.
• Thirty-six current and former Ohio State student-athletes received their degrees at winter commencement ceremonies March 20 in the Schottenstein Center.

Baseball (6-7)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State dropped a doubleheader at No. 15 California, 4-0 and 11-1, March 20 at Evans Diamond.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (34-2, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• William Buford scored 18 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 11 before getting some extended rest, and Ohio State looked every inch the part of a No. 1 overall seed in rolling to a 75-46 win over Texas-San Antonio in the second round of the NCAA tournament March 18.
• David Lighty made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Sullinger added 18 and top-seeded Ohio State made 16 3s to advance in the NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping 98-66 win over George Mason March 20.

No. 18 Women’s Basketball (23-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Jantel Lavender was named a WBCA All-Region 6 selection for the 2011 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.
• Lavender didn’t disappoint in the first round of the NCAA tournament March 19, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for her 75th career double-double to lead the fourth-seeded Buckeyes past pesky Central Florida 80-69.

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics
Interim Co-Head coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• In the regular season finale, seventh-ranked Ohio State fell to sixth-ranked Michigan, 353.350-336.900,March 19 at the Cliff Keen Arena on the campus of University of Michigan. The dual was televised by the Big Ten Network on tape-delayed basis and will air at noon March 26.

No. 15 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Sarah Miller earned her sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, the conference office announced March 14. The award marks the eighth for a Buckeye this season. Miller set a career-high 9.950 on beam to take first on the event as No. 14 Ohio State tied a team season-high 196.100 March 12 to win a tri-meet with Missouri and Pittsburgh. She also tied for first with a 9.900 on floor exercise.
• Ohio State gymnasts Colleen Dean, Miller, Melanie Shaffer and Nicole Krauter each garnered Big Ten postseason awards, the conference office announced March 18. Dean and Miller were named first team All-Big Ten while Shaffer earned second team accolades and Krauter was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship award honoree.
• No. 15 Ohio State placed fifth with a 194.900 at the Big Ten Championships March 19 at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota. After the meet, Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after earning six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season. Miller had an outstanding first year, holding the highest score on vault (9.900), beam (9.950) and floor (9.925) for the Buckeyes, marking the third Big Ten Freshman of the Year in Ohio State history after Jones earned the honor in 2009 and Susan Eckman won it in 1996. In addition, head coach Carey Fagan earned the Big Ten Coach of the Year award for the second time in her career after picking up her first in 2007. Fagan has been at the helm of Ohio State gymnastics since the 2005 season. Since then, Fagan has produced two All-Americans, led the Buckeyes to five-consecutive appearances at the NCAA regional championships and was named Central Region Coach of the Year in 2009.

No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse (5-3)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Dominique Alexander, a sophomore midfielder, has been named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced March 14. Alexander had seven points, with four goals and three assists, in two games combined last week.
• No. 20 Ohio State, despite five goals from sophomore Logan Schuss, lost at No. 2-ranked Virginia, 14-11, March 19 at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Buckeyes are now 5-3 on the year, while the Cavaliers improve to 7-1.

Women’s Lacrosse (5-3)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Brittney Zerhusen, a senior attacker, was named the American Lacrosse Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Buckeyes to a pair of back-to-back wins over Canisius and then-No. 11 Notre Dame last week. This is the first POW honor for Ohio State this season.
• Jayme Beard scored a career-high tying four goals as Ohio State cruised to its third-consecutive win by defeating California, 16-4, March 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Pistol
Head coach: James Sweeney
• Ohio State finished first in open free pistol event with a score of 2,022 at the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships at Ft. Benning, Ga. The Buckeyes finished 10 points ahead of the United States Military Academy (2,012) with The Citadel taking third with 1,996.
• Ohio State finished second in the open standard pistol event March 18 at the NRA Collegiate Pistol Championships at Ft. Benning, Ga. The Buckeyes shot a 2,117 in the event to winner, the United States Military Academy with a 2,121. OSU’s Joe Totts shot a 549 to finish second in the event. Other Buckeye scores included Kim Hullings (530), Bryan Basenback (528) and Blake Reburn (512).
• Ohio State finished second in the open aggregate events at the NRA Collegiate Pistol Championships March 19 at Ft. Benning, Ga. The Buckeyes finished second in open air pistol with a 2,191 score behind the United States Military Academy’s 2,224. That margin gave Army the open aggregate championship with a 6,357 score. OSU finished second with a 6,330 and The Citadel was third at 6,267. This is Ohio State’s highest finish since being second in 2008.

Softball (7-17)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State claimed two victories at the San Diego Classic II Tournament after defeating Harvard, 4-1, and San Diego, 4-2, March 18 at the USD Softball Complex. With the win over Harvard, Linda Kalafatis claimed her 500th career victory as head coach for the Buckeyes.
• Ohio State dropped two games March 19 at the San Diego Classic II Tournament at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Buckeyes lost, 6-1, to Cal State Northridge in game one and suffered a heartbreaking 4-2 loss against San Diego State in game two to fall to 2-2 overall in the tournament.
• Ohio State fell, 9-1, against Louisville in five innings March 20 at SDSU Softball Stadium to conclude play at the San Diego Classic II Tournament.

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
• Ohio State capped its finest season in nearly 20 years March 19 with a 17th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA championships. The Buckeyes totaled 64 points at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas and in the process had its highest team finish in 16 years, or since the 1994-95 team placed 16th overall. Further adding to the outstanding effort at this championships for swimming coach Bill Dorenkott and assistant Stefanie Williams, and diving coach Vince Panzano, was the fact that six different Buckeyes earned All-America honors, a total that is third-most in school history behind the 15 honorees in 1982 and the seven in 1983. Saturday, the 400 freestyle relay team of Samantha Cheverton, Megan Detro, Anita Beck and Alex Norris earned honorable mention All-America honors for the second time during this championships by finishing 14th in 3:17.50. The four were also honorable mention All-Americans as part of the 800 free relay that finished 10th Friday. Senior diver Katie Bell closed out her career with an honorable mention All-American effort on the 10-meter platform, finishing 10th with327.70 points. Bell is the second diver to be so honored this year as junior Bianca Alvarez was All-American on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• With gold-medal winning performances in the solo and trio routines, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team won its 27th U.S. Collegiate championship March 19 at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Ohio State edged Stanford by three points, 93-90, to claim its third-consecutive collegiate crown. Incarnate Word finished third with 75 points.

Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• With a 3-1 win over fourth-seed Josh Asper of Maryland March 18, senior Colt Sponseller advanced to the 165-pound semifinals at the 2011 NCAA Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Additionally, Sponseller became an All-American with the win.
• Sponseller concluded his Buckeye career March 19 with a fourth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Sponseller (165), who guaranteed his place on the podium Friday afternoon with a 3-1 quarterfinal win vs. No. 4 Josh Asper of Maryland, finishes the season with a 25-7 record. In four seasons as a Buckeye, Sponseller amassed a 105-24 mark.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 21-April 3

March 21
Men’s Tennis vs. Pepperdine, 4 p.m.
Malibu, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 6 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Women’s Basketball vs. Georgia Tech – NCAA Tournament, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 22
Softball vs. Loyola Marymount, 4 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Baseball at Fresno State, 9:05 p.m.
Fresno, Calif.

March 23
Women’s Tennis vs. Tennessee, 4 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.

Baseball at Fresno State, 9:05 p.m.
Fresno, Calif.

March 24-27
Fencing NCAA Championships, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

March 24
Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Min.

Baseball at Cal State Bakersfield, 5 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC San Diego, 7 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

March 25
Women’s Golf Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

Men’s Golf FAU Spring Break Championship, All Day
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Women’s Track Big Ten/SEC Challenge, TBA
Starkville, Miss.

Men’s Track Stanford Invitational, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis vs. Iowa, 3 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Baseball at. Cal State Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif.

Women’s Tennis vs. Iowa, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 26-April 4
Fencing Junior World Championships, All Day
Mer More, Jordan

March 26
Women’s Golf Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

Men’s Golf FAU Spring Break Championships, All Day
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Women’s Track Big Ten/SEC Challenge, TBA
Starkville, Miss.

Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Track Stanford Invitational, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Track SEC/Big Ten Challenge, TBA
Starkville, Miss.

Rowing vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Florida, 12 p.m.
Gainesville, Fla.

Softball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Baseball at Cal State Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
Irvine, Calif.

March 27
Women’s Golf Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

Men’s Golf FAU Spring Break Championship, All Day
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Women’s Tennis vs. Illinois, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Softball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

March 29
Baseball vs. Xavier, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

April 1-2
Men’s and Women’s Track at Jim Click Invitational, TBA
Tucson, Ariz.

Men’s Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Champaign, Ill.

April 1-3
Women’s Golf at Liz Murphey Invitational, All Day
Athens, Ga.

April 1
Women’s Tennis vs. Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

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

Men’s Volleyball at Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

April 2
Men’s Tennis at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Loyola, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Softball at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseball vs. Northwestern, 3:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s Volleyball at Lewis, 7 p.m.
Romeoville, Ill.

April 3
Softball at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Lacrosse at Louisville, 1 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Baseball vs. Northwestern, 2:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium