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May 5, 2004

Athletes of the Week

Senior Erica Fisk (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) led the way asthe women’s tennis team earned three victories last weekend at theBig Ten championship in Evanston, Ill. For the weekend, Fisk had a3-1 record in singles and teamed with fellow senior Jackie Leskovarto earn two more victories in doubles as the Buckeyes beat PennState, No. 20 Illinois and Iowa to reach the title match. Men’stennis senior Jeremy Wurtzman helped lead the Buckeyes to the BigTen Championship title match, picking up wins in both the semifinaland championship rounds. In the final match, Wurtzman topped No.1-ranked Brian Wilson of Illinois. Wurtzman was selected to the2004 All-Big Ten Team for his efforts this season.

Athletics Good Stuff

The synchronized swimming team finished second Saturday at theU.S. National Championships in Stanford, Calif. The Buckeyes’second-place finish is the highest an Ohio State squad has everfinished at the event. Buckeye freshmen Kate Hooven and Becky Kimearned fourth place in the duet event with a mark of 94.834.Additionally, Hooven placed seventh in solo with a score of 91.167.The women’s golf team will look to earn a berth in itseighth-consecutive NCAA Championships upon qualifying this week atthe NCAA West regional in Stanford, Calif. The squad must finish inthe Top 8 to advance. Competition for the Buckeyes will be AllisonHanna, Kristen White, Lindsay Knowlton, Allyson Harvie and Dana Je.The No. 6/7 men’s lacrosse team clinched the outright Great WesternLacrosse League title and extended its winning streak to anation-high 11 with a 10-7 win over Fairfield last Saturday.Anthony Gilardi led the squad with five points, while Gilardi andKyle Olson were first on the team with three goals each. The teamends the regular season at noon Saturday when it travels to ChapelHill, N.C., to take on No. 7/8 North Carolina. The Buckeyes, whoearned the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, willfind out their first-round opponent when the 2004 NCAA Championshipbracket is announced between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday, May 10 onESPNews. Joel Brown, a senior hurdler/sprinter on the track andfield team, was awarded Big Ten Male Athlete of the Week for a busyand successful weekend on the track at the Jesse Owens Classic lastFriday and Saturday. The Baltimore native not only broke his ownOSU record to win the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided 13.56,but also clocked a season best in the 200-meter dash (20.74), tookfourth in the 100 meters (10.60) and ran a torrid anchor leg toboost the men’s 4×100-meter relay team to season-best mark (41.12).Junior Aaron Fisher timed the best figure in the country at 8:37.33to win the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday night, whilethrower Dan Taylor reached a personal best to win the shot put witha heave of 67 feet, 8 inches Saturday. Taylor also scored third inthe discus at (184-1) and sixth in the hammer (218-9). The womenwere highlighted by freshman Nicole Gliem, who timed a NCAA Mideastregional qualifier to win the women’s 5,000 meters Friday in a timeof 16:48.77, which bested the previous Ohio State season best bymore than one minute. Senior Tamecia Brown was also a winner in thewomen’s 800 meters, while juniors Rosalind Goodwin and KeturahLofton took runner-up in the long jump and hammer throw,respectively. Sophomore Amarachi Ukabam placed in the Top 3 in boththe shot put and discus.

This week, Ohio State concludes the regular season at Akron Saturday, May 8.

Men’s volleyball (21-9 overall, 13-3 Midwestern IntercollegiateVolleyball Association) lost to Lewis, 3-1, in the MIVA TournamentSemifinals to close out the season. Andy Cole scored a team-high23.5 points for the Buckeyes with 22 kills, an ace serve and anassist block. Mark Greaves had 18.5 points (14 kills, 1 ace, 1 soloand 5 assist blocks) and Mike Wauligman, 16.5 (16 kills, 1 assistblock). Andy Cole was named to the MIVA All-Tournament Team. TheNo. 2 seed men’s tennis team fell to the No. 1 seed andnationally-ranked No. 1 Illinois, 4-1, Sunday in the final match atthe 2004 Big Ten Championship in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes(23-4 overall, 11-2 Big Ten) shut out Wisconsin, 4-0, inquarterfinal action and defeated Minnesota, 4-0, to advance to thechampionship match. Illinois claimed their third consecutive BigTen title and extended its win streak to an NCAA record of 60matches. In tournament play, senior Buckeye Jeremy Wurtzman pickedup two wins including a victory over No.1-ranked Brian Wilson ofIllinois. Wurtzman and freshman Joey Atas were selected to the 2004All-Big Ten Team and Atas was named the Big Ten Freshman of theYear. Next up, the Buckeyes will await a bid to the 2004 NCAAChampionship. Since head coach Ty Tucker’s arrival in the 2000season, Ohio State has received four consecutive bids to the NCAAChampionships. Senior Erica Fisk (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) ledthe way as the women’s tennis team (13-13, Big Ten 6-5) earnedthree victories last weekend at the Big Ten championship inEvanston, Ill., before falling to host No. 11 Northwestern in thefinal match. For the weekend, Fisk had a 3-1 record in singles andteamed with fellow senior Jackie Leskovar (Sr., Cambridge,Ontario/N.C. State) to earn two more victories in doubles as theBuckeyes beat Penn State, No. 20 Illinois and Iowa. Also excellingfor Ohio State over the weekend were Emily DeCamilla (Jr.,Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Lindsey Bryan (Jr., New Orleans,La./Ursuline Academy), who both earned a pair of singles victories.Thanks to its run to the championship match, Ohio State finishedsecond overall in the final Big Ten standings after finishing tiedfor fifth following the regular season. Baseball is enjoying afive-game win streak, the longest win streak of the season, and haswon 10 of its last 13 games to improve its overall record to 24-17overall and 13-7, which is tied for the best mark in the Big Ten.Steve Caravati is tearing it up for Ohio State and was again namedBig Ten Player of the Week for leading the Buckeyes to a four-gamesweep at Indiana last weekend. He has at least one hit in 20 of hislast 21 games. During those 21 games, Caravati is batting .444 withsix home runs and 24 RBI. In the five games last week, he batted.579 with two home runs and 11 RBI to lead the team. Paul Farinacciadded 10 hits, including his first home run of the season, to knockin seven runs while scoring six times himself. Caravati raised hisbatting average 21 points with his 9-for-16 performance at Indianaand is now batting .371 to lead Ohio State. He also paces the teamwith nine home runs, 36 RBI, a .610 slugging percentage and a .422on-base percentage. He is second on the team with 59 hits, trailingleader Drew Anderson by one. Anderson is second on the team with a.349 average, but leads with 14 doubles and three triples.Wednesday night’s 6:35 p.m. game vs. Detroit marks the first of 11straight home games for Ohio State. The homestand continues thisweekend when Penn State comes to Bill Davis Stadium with firstplace in the balance. With Penn State in final exams this week, theteams will play a single game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday before playinga doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The series concludes Monday at6:35 p.m. The men’s golf team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. tocompete in the 2004 Big Ten Championships Saturday through Sundayat the par 71, 6,704-yard University of Michigan Golf Course. TheBuckeyes will be gunning for their 23rd Big Ten Championship title.The Buckeyes are led by seniors Zach Doran and Kevin Hall both ofwhom led in the rounds played. The rowing team finished thirdoverall at the 2004 Big Ten Championships last Saturday at MacBrideLake in Iowa City, Iowa. The No. 1 Buckeyes’ first varsity eightwas upset by No. 10 Michigan by two seconds in the Grand Final.Ohio State finished with 112 points, behind first-place Michigan(128) and second-place Wisconsin (115). After placing first in themorning session, the first varsity eight fell by two seconds toMichigan in the final race of the day. Michigan finished with atime of 6:48.4 and Ohio State finished at 6:50.4. The Buckeyes willhave a weekend off before they attempt to claim their secondconsecutive Central/South Region Championship title May 15-16 inOak Ridge Tenn. After an 11-1 midweek victory in five innings overWright State, the softball team beat Purdue, 6-4, last Friday nightin West Lafayette, Ind., and split with Indiana in a doubleheaderSunday. The Saturday afternoon game vs. the Boilermakers wascancelled because of inclement weather. The Buckeyes haveaccumulated an overall mark of 32-21 and a conference record of7-10, which puts OSU in sixth place among current Big Tenstandings. Ohio State finishes its Big Ten slate at Penn State withgames at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in State College, Pa. The topeight teams in the conference will compete in the 2004 Big TenTournament, which will be held at the first-place team’s home fieldMay 13-16. Michigan is currently atop the Big Ten with a 17-3league record. Women’s lacrosse (5-10 overall, 1-4 AmericanLacrosse Conference) lost a 9-8 decision to Duquesne in the final20 seconds of the game. OSU’s Caroline Weatherill scored ateam-high three goals for OSU with Regina Oliver adding two. Theteam closes out the regular season with a road conference game atOhio University Wednesday.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, May 5 – Monday, May 10
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, May 5
Baseball vs. Detroit
6:35 PM – Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse at Ohio
4 p.m. – Athens, Ohio

Thursday, May 6
Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional
Palo Alto, Calif.

Friday, May 7
Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, May 8
Track at Campbell/Wright Open
Akron, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse at North Carolina
Noon – Chapel Hill, N.C.

Softball at Penn State
1 p.m. – State College, Pa.

Baseball vs. Penn State
1:05 p.m.- Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, May 9
Softball at Penn State
1 p.m. – State College, Pa.

Baseball vs. Penn State
1:05 and 3:05 p.m.- Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Monday, May 10
Baseball vs. Penn State
6:35 p.m.- Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio