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Athletes of the Week
• Junior diver Bianca Alvarez won all four of the diving events she entered last weekend, sweeping both the one- and three-meter springboard events vs. Michigan State and also vs. Michigan – and has now won eight consecutive events. In the process, she set a McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion record on three-meter with 420.68 points vs. Michigan State.

• Jared Sullinger earned 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. The Columbus, Ohio, native also had three blocks against Illinois and played all 40 minutes in the game. Sullinger made 13 free throws against the Illini, marking the second-highest single-game total by an Ohio State freshman. His double-double in the game marked his ninth this season, which is the second-highest total in the Big Ten this year.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (20-0, 7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• David Lighty scored 18 points as Ohio State rolled over Iowa 70-48 Jan. 19.
• Aaron Craft made two free throws with 15 seconds left and Jon Diebler forced an Illini turnover with 4 seconds on the clock as Ohio State held on for a 73-68 win at No. 23 Illinois Jan. 22. Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the unbeaten Buckeyes, who went on a 14-0 run in the second half in rallying for the victory.
• Craft scored a career-high 19 points while handing out seven assists against just one turnover in Ohio State’s home win vs. Penn State last Saturday to earn the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week honor Jan. 17.

No. 25 Women’s Basketball (12-6, 3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Brittany Johnson scored 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 19 and 12 boards to help Ohio State beat Illinois 71-62 Jan. 20.

No. 8 Men’s Gymnastics (0-1)
Interim co-head coaches: Doug Stibel & Blaine Wilson
• Competing in its season dual opener, Ohio State fell, 358.350-340.350, to No. 4 Oklahoma Jan. 22 at the McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla. Junior Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American, led the Buckeyes with a 15.250 on pommel horse, tying for first place with the Sooner’s Alex Naddour, the reigning NCAA champion on the apparatus.
• Jeff Treleaven was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jan. 17. In his first collegiate competition, Treleavenhelped the Scarlet and Gray to a fourth-place finish at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, Ill., after tying for first place on vault and also scoring a team-high 14.2 on floor exercise for an 11th-place finish.

Women’s Gymnastics (1-1-1)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State tied Illinois with a season-high score of 195.350 Jan. 22 at St. John Arena. It is the Buckeyes’ highest team score since March 13 of last season against Auburn.

Men’s Hockey (13-10-2, 8-8-2-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• With points from 11 players, including six different goal scorers, Ohio State defeated No. 8 Notre Dame, 6-1, Jan. 21 in Value City Arena. The teams were tied at 1 after the first period before the Buckeyes scored twice in 13 seconds in the second and added three goals in the third en route to the win.
• Ohio State was then defeated by Notre Dame, 4-1, Jan. 22 in Value City Arena for the CCHA series split. Shane Sims scored the lone Buckeye goal.

Women’s Hockey (12-12-2, 6-12-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• After scoring in the opening minute and leading twice in the game, Ohio State looked to be on its way to an upset of No. 5 Minnesota, but the Golden Gophers staged a comeback with three goals in the last 10 minutes to win 4-2 Jan. 21 at the OSU Ice Rink. Junior Natalie Spooner set up both Buckeye goals and freshman Ally Tarr had a goal and assist.
• Ohio State had a tough time with Minnesota Jan. 22 and fell to the Golden Gophers by a score of 8-1 at the OSU Ice Rink. Spooner scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes.
• Lisa Steffes earned her second Rookie of the Week honor of the season from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Jan. 19. It was the sixth weekly conference honor for the Buckeyes this season.

Pistol (6-0)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State remained undefeated in open competition with a 6,292 to 6,264 victory at The Citadel Jan. 22-23. The Buckeyes won open free pistol, 2,012 to 1,969. The Bulldogs of The Citadel won the standard pistol event, 2,128 to 2,096 to cut the Ohio State lead to 11 points. OSU sealed the victory with a 2,184 to 2,167 win in air pistol. In the air event, Blake Reburn scored a 548, Bryan Basenback a 544 and Joe Totts a 540.
• The women’s team (1-2) earned their first victory of the season with a 2,626 to 2,176 win over The Citadel. Amanda Watters posted a 358 in women’s air pistol while Kim Hullings scored a 540 in sport pistol.

Rifle (5-1)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Ohio State competed at the Camp Perry Open Jan. 15-16 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The competition included teams from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, the U.S. National Team, the National Wheelchair team and other individuals. A total of 112 individuals shot in the two-day event. Ohio State’s Amanda Furrer finished fifth with a 1,380.1 score. Amanda Luoma was seventh at 1,374.7. The top shooter was SFA Jason Parks with a 1,394.9. Twelve members of the Ohio State rifle team took part in the event.

Men’s Soccer
Head coach: John Bluem
• Sam Scales, a 2010 captain, was selected in the 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft held Jan. 18 from the league’s offices in New York. Scales, a four-year letterwinner with the Buckeyes, was taken by Sporting KC, with the 10th overall pick in the three-round draft.

No. 8 Men’s Swimming and Diving (7-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State defeated Michigan State by a score of 165 to 123 Jan. 22 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes stormed out to an early lead behind great swims from the 200 medley relay teams, with both teams within a second of each other and finishing in first and second.
• Brent Hitchcock followed the relay win with the best 1000 freestyle swim of the year. Hitchcock also won the 500 freestyle later in the meet. Two freshmen followed him in both races. Ty Perkins finished second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 1000 freestyle and Alex Miller took third in the 500 and second in the 1000.

No. 18 Women’s Swimming and Diving (7-1)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State, trying for an historic first-ever back-to-back wins over perennial Big Ten power Michigan, fell behind early and could not catch up in dropping a 160-135 decision to the Wolverines Jan. 21 at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor.
• Four senior swimmers on Ohio State closed out their careers at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on a winning note as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 178-114, Jan. 21. A fifth senior, diver Katie Bell, was also part of the honors for the day but she’ll have one more McCorkle moment as a Buckeye: the NCAA diving zone championships March 11-13. Eight different Buckeyes swam to individual event victories and both relays were also victorious.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• Ohio State opened its season with an 84-33 victory over Michigan in the routine competition at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 22. Freshman Yuliya Maryanko made her debut in the Scarlet and Gray by winning the solo competition earning a score of 93.160. Fellow freshman Lauren Nicholson placed second with an 89.50. Raquel Aguado (88.330) and Colleen Courtmanche (82.160) were third and fourth respectively as honorary competitors.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis (2-0)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• No. 33 Ohio State shut out the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats, 7-0, in the Buckeyes’ first dual match of the 2011 season, sweeping doubles and taking all six singles matches Jan. 23.
• 33rd-ranked Ohio State capped off its “Buckeyes Go Pink” doubleheader with a 7-0 win over Cleveland State at home in the Varsity Tennis Center Jan. 23. The Buckeyes were victorious in all nine matches.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State captured the 2011 All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championship Jan. 22 at the Kent State Field House. With a combined score of 161, the Buckeyes finished 23 points ahead of second-place Akron (138) and 57 ahead of third-place Kent State (104).
• Junior transfer Michael Hartfield continued his hot start, claiming a pair of victories in the long and triple jumps, scoring 20 points for the Buckeyes in those two events. Ohio State also dominated in the mile and 3000m runs, scoring a total of 32 points with first and third place finishes by Adam Green and Will Knickles in the mile and Cory Leslie and Chris Fallon in the 3000m. The Scarlet and Gray also posted a pair of wins in the 4x400m relay and the distance medley.
• Junior All-American Thomas Murdaugh was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Jan. 17 after a stellar season debut at “The Dual”. The defending Big Ten indoor champion in the 400m blew the field away in his premier event, taking the title in a blazing time of 46.75*, the top NCAA Division I time so far this season.

No. 23 Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Junior sprinter/hurdler Christina Manning was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Jan. 17. The Waldorf, Md., native turned in an outstanding performance at the inaugural “Dual” at Michigan with two first-place finishes. Manning won the 60m hurdles in 8.13, the fastest time in Division I this season, the third-best time in OSU history and an NCAA automatic qualifier.

No. 10 Men’s Volleyball (3-2, 1-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State completed a two-match home stand with a 3-1 win (29-27, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17) over George Mason Jan. 18 in St. John Arena. Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 19.5 points with 16 kills (.237), two ace serves and three assist blocks. Kevin Heine produced a career-high 18.5 points with 15 kills (.391), two solo and three assist blocks. Mik Berzins added a career-high 17.5 points with 15 kills (.400), two ace serves and one assist block.
• Ohio State then opened the MIVA season with a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-20, 25-16) at IPFW. Sangrey posted a match-high 22 points in the match with 17 kills (.571), three ace serves and four assist blocks. John Klanac added 13 points with 11 kills (.368), one ace serve and two assist blocks. Berzins collected 11.5 points with 10 kills (.368), and three assist blocks.

Wrestling (2-6, 1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State dropped a 33-3 decision to No. 8 Iowa Jan. 22 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Senior captain Colt Sponseller was the lone winner for the Buckeyes at 165 pounds with his 5-3 sudden-victory decision over Aaron Janssen. Sponseller was down 3-1 in the third period, but scored a takedown with 35 seconds left in regulation to force extra time. In the one-minute sudden victory, Sponseller recorded a takedown with just 37 seconds left on the clock.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 24-Feb. 6

Jan. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 25
Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 9 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 26
Men’s Tennis vs. Butler/Xavier, Noon/6 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 27
Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 28-29
Pistol at Winter Open, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 28
Women’s Swimming at Shamrock Invite, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Track at Penn State National Invite, TBA
University Park, Pa.

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

Men’s Swimming at Michigan (Penn St./Northwestern), 6 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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

Men’s Hockey at Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Jan. 29-30
Fencing at Notre Dame Duals, All Day
South Bend, Ind.

Jan. 29
Women’s Track at Ron McCravy Memorial Invite, TBA
Lexington, Ky.

Rifle at Murray State Invite, TBA
Murray, Ky.

Men’s Track at Penn State National Invite, TBA
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Swimming at Shamrock Invite, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. William & Mary (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 10 am.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming at Michigan (Penn State/Northwestern), Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Hockey at St. Cloud State, 1 p.m.
St. Cloud, Minn.

Men’s Tennis – UC Irvine vs. South Carolina (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 2 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball at Northwestern, 6 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Volleyball at Juniata, 7 p.m.
Huntington, Pa.

Men’s Hockey at Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Jan. 30-31
Women’s Tennis at ITA Kickoff Weekend, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

Jan. 30
Men’s Tennis – Consolation Match (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 10 a.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis – Championship Match (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 1 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Penn State, 2 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Gymnastics at Bowling Green (Western Michigan), 2 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Toledo, 6 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

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.

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