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Athletes of the Week
• In his last competition in the Scarlet and Gray, Brandon Wynn accomplished a feat just one other gymnast in Ohio State history had done before – win back-to-back national championships on rings. He won his second career NCAA title with a 16.000 – .600 points better than the rest of the field, joining current interim co-head coach and former U.S. Olympian Blaine Wilson as the only two Buckeye gymnasts to do so. Wynn concluded his career winning 21-consecutive rings titles – a stretch that began in September of 2009. The native of Voorhees, N.J., claimed the 26th national championship in program history and the fourth crown on the rings event. The 2010 U.S. Champion will now set his eyes on the 2012 Olympics held in London, England.

• The Ohio State synchronized swimming team was crowned U.S. Senior National champions April 16 in front of a home crowd at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes scored 64 points for the title. The 27-time U.S. Collegiate champions continued their domination this season by taking the top spot in each routine they competed in.

Baseball (15-15, 5-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State outfielder Tim Wetzel garnered Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week honors, the conference office announced April 11.
• Ohio State swept a doubleheader against Akron, 5-0 in Game 1 and 8-1 in Game 2, April 13 at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Ohio State could not produce the tying score in the bottom of the 10th inning despite having runners on the corners with nobody out and as a result dropped a 5-4 decision to Big Ten Conference-leading Michigan State April 15 before 758 fans at Bill Davis Stadium. Jordan Keur’s solo home run to left to lead off the 10th inning was the game-winning run for the Spartans.
• Wetzel drove in Tyler Engle for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and Ohio State evened the series with Michigan State at a game apiece with a 9-8 win on a rainy and windy April 16 at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Ohio State defeated Big Ten Conference-leading Michigan State, 10-5, April 17 to win the series and climb to within a game of the league leaders heading to the midpoint of the conference season next week.

Women’s Basketball
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State center Jantel Lavender was drafted fifth overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2011 WNBA Draft April 11 at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn.

Field Hockey
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson
• Ohio State earned a pair of victories over Kent State and Central Michigan April 9 to improve to 4-0 in Longstreth Midwest Spring League. With the wins, the Buckeyes improved to 4-0 and are tied with Louisville for first heading into the final weekend of play.
• Coming off its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four in program history, the Ohio State field hockey team is excited to be adding five premier student-athletes to the 2011 roster, Anne Wilkinson, Buckeye head coach, announced this week. In 2011, Ohio State will welcome recruits from Ohio (4) and Pennsylvania (1), including Alexis Allen (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Carly Mackessy (Hudson, Ohio), Sydney Stype (Upper Arlington, Ohio), Sam Urell (Bexley, Ohio) and Kaitlyn Wagner (Oley, Pa.).

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State finished action at the Illini Spring Classic April 17 on the par 72, 7,048-yard Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Ill. The Scarlet and Gray ended in eighth place after a final-round score of 296 for a two-day total of 608 (+32) after weather forced the tournament to be shortened from 54 holes to 36.

Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• In a battle that came down to the final holes, Ohio State concluded its own Lady Buckeye Invitational in fourth April 17. Carding a final score of 318, the Buckeyes totaled 941 on a windy par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus.

Men’s Gymnastics
Interim co-head coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• Brandon Wynn added another accolade to his already impressive resume with his performance at the 2011 NCAA Championships April 15 at St. John Arena. The senior Buckeye tied for fifth in all-around competition with an 89.350 to earn All-America status for the third time in his decorated career.
• Highlighted by Wynn’s second national championship on rings, Ohio State had an outstanding night in front of its home crowd at the 2011 NCAA Individual Championships April 16 at St. John Arena, seeing all four competitors in Wynn, Ty Echard, Kris Done and Jeff Treleaven earn All-America honors. In all, the seven All-America honors tie the second-best single-season performance in program history and are the most laurels since the 2005 campaign.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State gymnast Rebecca Best posted a 9.650 on balance beam at the NCAA Championships April 15 at the Wolstein Center. The score was good for 30th in the event for the Buckeye co-captain

Women’s Ice Hockey
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Another member of the Ohio State women’s hockey team will compete at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championships as sophomore Minttu Tuominen earned a spot on Team Finland. Tuominen, along with teammates Natalie Spooner (Team Canada) and Annie Svedin (Team Sweden), will participate in the international tournament April 16-25 in Switzerland.

Men’s Lacrosse (7-6, 2-2 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Greg Dutton, a freshman goalie on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week, the conference announced April 11. It is the third weekly league honor for Dutton, a native of Timonium, Md., and a Calvert Hall product, this season.
• In an ECAC Lacrosse League game, Ohio State lost to No. 6/7 Denver, 11-6, April 16 in the eighth annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. The Pioneers led 5-3 at halftime and outscored the Buckeyes in the third quarter, 5-1, to take control of the game.
• Ohio State jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime en route to an 8-4 win over Air Force April 17 in USAFA, Colo., in an ECAC Lacrosse League game.

No. 19 Women’s Lacrosse (8-5, 1-2 ALC)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Brittney Zerhusen, a senior attacker on the No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, was named the WomensLax.com Player of the Week and the ALC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to their first ALC victory of the season, an upset of 14th-ranked Vanderbilt, 17-16, April 10.
• Despite dominating play and time of possession in overtime, No. 19 Ohio State dropped an 11-10 decision to 15th-ranked Penn State in double OT April 17 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa.

No. 10 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• 10th-ranked Ohio State wrapped up action in Derby, Conn., April 16 vs. No. 1 Princeton and No. 11 Yale. The Buckeye First and Second Varsity Fours won their respective races.

Softball (10-27, 2-8 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State lost two games at Indiana April 13 in a midweek conference doubleheader in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes lost, 3-2, in game one before falling, 9-0, in five innings against the Hoosiers in game two at IU Softball Field.
• A big third inning by Purdue was too much to overcome for Ohio State as the Buckeyes fell to Purdue, 7-0, April 16 at Buckeye Field.
• The Buckeyes rallied from an eight-run deficit to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth, but fell just short in a 10-8 loss to Purdue April 17 at Buckeye Field. Ohio State tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth, however a seven-run fifth by the Boilermakers opened up the game before the Scarlet and Gray came charging from behind in front of the their home crowd.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• Ohio State was crowned U.S. Senior National champions April 16 in front of a home crowd at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes scored 64 points for the title. The 27-time U.S. Collegiate champions continued their domination this season by taking the top spot in each routine they competed in.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (25-2, 8-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Chase Buchanan, a junior on the second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, earned his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award of the season and ninth of his career the conference announced April 12. Buchanan continued to build on his impressive 2010-11 campaign this past week winning six matches for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray went 3-0 during the week, defeating Kentucky, 4-3, Michigan State, 7-0 and Michigan, 6-1.
• Second-ranked Ohio State won its eighth consecutive match while extending its home win streak to 124 following a 5-2 victory over No. 28 Notre Dame April 13 at Stickney Tennis Center.
• Second-ranked Ohio State shut out No. 73 Wisconsin, 7-0, April 13, extending its winning streak in Big Ten matches to 73. The Scarlet and Gray have won 125 of their last 130 league contests, including postseason play.
• In a battle of Top 25 teams, second-ranked Ohio State blanked No. 24 Minnesota, 7-0, April 17 at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The victory pushes the Buckeyes’ Big Ten win streak to 74.

Women’s Tennis (13-9, 6-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State improved to 5-2 in Big Ten play with a 5-2 victory over Wisconsin April 15 at home at the Stickney Tennis Center.
• Ohio State wrapped up its regular-season home slate with a 6-1 win against Minnesota April 17 behind the strength of five singles victories and a sweep of doubles on Senior Day. The senior duo of co-captains Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs, who have been a part of 65 team wins, was honored in a postmatch ceremony. Hubbs was a winner in singles and doubles vs. the Gophers, while Escobedo won her doubles match.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State used wins in 11 of 19 events to defeat archrival Michigan, 109-94, April 17 in “The Dual” at historic Ferry Field.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State completed competition at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Dave Rankin Invitational April 16. Both meets allowed the Buckeyes to face top competition in preparation for the Jesse Owens Track Classic next weekend.

No. 9 Men’s Volleyball (22-6, 11-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has recognized 17 Ohio State men’s volleyball players who have been named MIVA Academic All-Conference. To be eligible, athletes must have achieved at least a 3.00 career grade-point average on a 4.0 scale after the completion of the fall semester at their respective institutions. A total of 82 players were honored by the conference. The 2011 MIVA Academic All-Conference selections from Ohio State are: Rhett Cash, Dale Freier, Nick Gibson, Kevin Heine, Peter Heinen, Steven Kehoe, Derek Kues, Andrew Lutz, Sean Martin, Grayson Overman, Coleman Palm, Michael Piechowski, Shawn Sangrey, Mike Stefani, John Tholen, Jason Tobkin, and Alejandro Velez.
• Ninth-ranked Ohio State, behind a combined 45 points from John Klanac, Sangrey and Overman, defeated George Mason, 3-0 (25-23, 31-29, 25-16) April 16 in Fairfax, Va. Klanac recorded 16 points with 15 kills (.375) and two assist blocks.
• Ninth-ranked Ohio State defeated St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23) April 17 in DeGol Arena. Sangrey a match-high 15.5 points with 13 kills (.524), two ace serves and one assist block. Buckeye Klanac added 13.5 points with 12 kills (.381), a solo block and one assist block.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 18-May 1

April 20
Softball at Ohio (DH), 2 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

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

April 21-22
Men’s Track at IU Multi Invite, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

April 22-24
Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Chicago, Ill.

April 22
Men’s Tennis vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

Baseball at Penn State, 6:35 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Lacrosse at Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

April 23
Rowing vs. Michigan and Michigan State, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Griggs Reservoir

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Fairfield, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium

Softball at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Baseball at Penn State, 2:05 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

April 23-24
Men’s Golf Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State Scarlet Course

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Jesse Owens Classic, 6 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

April 24
Rowing vs. Washington State, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Griggs Reservoir

Women’s Tennis at Purdue, 12 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Purdue, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

Baseball at Penn State, 1:05 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Softball at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

April 26
Baseball vs. Marshall, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

April 27
Softball vs. Penn State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Baseball at Ohio, 6:05 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. MIVA Tournament Semifinals, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Softball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

April 28 – 30
Women’s Track at Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s Track at Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

April 28 – May 1
Men’s Tennis at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Tennis at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Madison, Wis.

April 29 – May 1
Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Track at Payton Jordan Invitational, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

April 29
Softball vs. Morehead State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Softball vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Baseball vs. Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

April 30
Men’s Volleyball vs. MIVA Tournament Championship, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Johns Hopkins, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s Lacrosse at Bellarmine, 3 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

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

May 1
Women’s Soccer at West Virginia (exh.), 1 p.m.
Morgantown, W.V.

Baseball vs. Michigan, 1:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium