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May 12, 2004

Athletes of the Week

Men’s golf senior Kevin Hall captured medallist honors at the2004 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., as he fired athree-round Big Ten record of 199 to top the field. Hall also wasnamed 2004 First Team All-Big Ten and to the 2004 Big TenAll-Championships Team. Women’s golfer Allison Hanna led theBuckeyes with a second-place finish on the individual leaderboardat the 2004 NCAA West Regional over the weekend. Hanna shot aseason-best mark of 211, which also is the team season low for 54holes. Hanna leads the team with a 72.6 stroke average and sevenTop 5 finishes this season. Hanna and the Buckeyes placed sixth atthe regional and will move on to compete in the NCAA championshipsMay 18-21 in Auburn, Ala.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s golf team captured its 23rd Big Ten Championshipstitle Sunday at the 2004 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.The Buckeyes finished the event, with a three round total of 842,which broke the three-round Big Ten record set by Minnesota in2003. Senior Kevin Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Rita School for theDeaf) captured medallist honors for the second time in his lastfour tournaments and was the first Ohio State golfer since RyanArmour in 1998 to finish first at the Big Ten championships. Hall’sfirst-place finish in the event is Ohio State’s 18th individualmedallist in program history. Following the event Hall was named2004 First Team All-Big Ten and 2004 Big Ten All-Championship Team.During the final round, Hall fired his third consecutive roundunder 70 with a score of 68. Throughout the tournament, Hall rolledin 16 birdies, one eagle, two bogeys and one double bogey to topthe field by 11 strokes. Ohio State head coach Jim Brown was named2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.The No. 8 men’s lacrosse team will open NCAA tournament playagainst No. 8 -seed North Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday in ChapelHill, N.C., marking the second year in a row the squad has earned aberth in the tournament. Ohio State, the 2004 Great WesternLacrosse League champion, claimed a number of postseason leagueawards, the conference announced Monday. Buckeye senior goalie TonyRusso and senior defenseman Greg Bice shared GWLL Player of theYear honors, while seventh-year head coach Joe Breschi was namedthe coach of the year. In addition, senior attack Anthony Gilardi,senior midfielder Shaun Lyons, Bice and Russo were named First TeamAll-GWLL. Junior midfielder Tom Randisi and junior defenseman PeterFrantz were second-team honorees.

The men’s tennis team opens play at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Tennis Team Championship at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Buckeyes will face South Carolina in the first round and the winner of the North Carolina vs. South Carolina State match in round two. Head coach Ty Tucker is taking his fifth team in as many years to NCAA team tournament play.

The women’s tennis team opens play in the NCAA championship vs. Harvard in round one at 11 a.m. Friday at the Beren Tennis Center in Cambridge, Mass. The Buckeyes are making their sixth consecutive trip to the championship, a school record. The winner of the match between the Buckyes and Crimson advance to face the winner of the Kentucky/Boston University match at 2 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the Round of 16.

The team handed out its yearly awards recently at the Football Recruiting Room at Ohio Stadium. Emily DeCamilla was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after leading the team with 14 dual wins and a 7-3 Big Ten record. By virtue of her rise from the No. 7 position to the No. 1 spot in the singles lineup over her career, Lindsay Williams (Sr., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) earned Most Improved. Lindsay Bryan (Jr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy), who became a regular in the singles starting lineup in the second half of the season, was named the winner of the Coach’s Award. The team’s four seniors, Erica Fisk, Jackie Leskovar, Meaghan Colville and Williams, also were honored.

After finishing third overall at the 2004 Big Ten ChampionshipsMay 1, the rowing team has had a week away from the action toprepare for the 2004 Lexus Central/South Regional Championships.The Buckeyes are looking to defend their 2003 Central Regional andLexus Cup titles as they travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn., to compete inthe two day regatta, Saturday-Sunday. The event begins withpreliminary heats Saturday morning followed by repechages andsemifinals Saturday afternoon. The finals session will take placeSunday. The women’s golf team qualified for its eighth-consecutiveNCAA Championships appearance Saturday with a sixth-place finish atthe 2004 NCAA West Regional. The Buckeyes posted a final roundscore of 296, their lowest of the tournament. Ohio State seniorco-captain Allison Hanna concluded a solid tournament with asecond-place finish to lead the Buckeyes. Hanna posted a finalscore of two-under 70 and finished the tournament with a total of211. Juniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White tied for 41st and45th place, respectively. Sophomore Allyson Harvie tied for 57thwhile freshman Dana Je tied for 92nd place. Ohio State moves on tothe 2004 NCAA championships May 18-21 in Auburn, Ala. The Top 8teams from each of the three regionals will gather to compete inthe championships. The softball team (33-22; 8-11 Big Ten) splitwith Penn State last weekend. The Buckeyes took game one, 4-1, andwere led by senior pitcher Kristi DeVries (15-9 overall), whocaptured her seventh-consecutive win and tallied a two-run RBIdouble to aid the Ohio State offense. DeVries caught the last PennState batter swinging at the bottom of the seventh to close thegame and notched her 11th strikeout of the day and her 600th careerstrikeout. DeVries is only the second Buckeye pitcher to total 600career strikeouts. Former teammate Katie Chain, who graduated lastyear and is the OSU record holder, notched 692 during her four-yearstint at OSU. The Buckeyes lost game two, 4-2.

No. 6 OSU will play No. 3 Iowa (38-21; 14-6 Big Ten) in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament at noon Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The winner of the Ohio State-Iowa game will face the winner of the No. 2 Illinois and No. 7 Penn State game at 5 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast by CSTV.

The baseball Buckeyes remain within reach of its first Big Tenregular season title since 2001 after the split with Penn Statelast weekend. Ohio State won the opening game against Penn State3-1 as Josh Newman earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors afterhe struck out eight and allowed only four hits in picking up hisseventh win of the season and the 31st of his career. Penn Stateresponded by winning both ends of the doubleheader by scores of 1-0and 6-3. The first loss snapped a seven-game OSU win streak. TheBuckeyes overcame a 3-0 deficit to hand the Nittany Lions a 9-4loss in the finale and prevent falling two games back in the BigTen race. Freshman rightfielder Jacob Howell led the team in thePenn State series, going 7-for-13 (.538) with his fourth triple andsecond home run of the season. He drove in four runs and scoredfour times, partially thanks to three walks on the weekend. Juniorfirst baseman Paul Farinacci was 6-for-13 (.462) with a pair ofdoubles. He drove in two and scored twice. Farinacci is riding an11-game hit streak, while Howell has hits in each of his last 10games. The Buckeyes continue their 11-game homestand this week whenAkron comes to Bill Davis Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. Thisweekend, Ohio State will play host to Northwestern in the finalhome Big Ten games this season. Ohio State and Northwestern willopen the series Friday at 6:35 p.m. before playing a doubleheaderat 4:05 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday three seniors will be honoredprior to the 1:05 p.m. first pitch. A pair of Ohio State recordsfell last weekend as the track and field teams concluded theregular season at the Campbell/Wright Open Saturday in Akron, Ohio.Throwers Keturah Lofton and Amarachi Ukabam each claimed Ohio Stateall-time marks in the hammer and shot put, respectively. Lofton notonly broke her own Ohio State mark, but also topped the Big Tenrecord she set April 10 with a heave of 200 feet, 2 inches (200-2)to place second in the hammer. Ukabam took top honors in the shotput, becoming the first Buckeye to clear 53 feet at 53-11.25.

Several other Buckeyes recorded season bests, including senior runner Rob Myers, who competed separate from the team at Michigan and took second in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:41.13, which stands among the best in the NCAA in 2004. Back at Akron, junior sprinter John Morris set a career best in the 400 meters in a with a winning time of 47.40, while seniors Seth MacCarter and Becky Heintz each reached season bests in the pole vault. Another set of seniors either bested or equaled season highs in the jumps as Billy Mills cleared 6-10.75 in the high jump and Nosa Ehinwenman extended past 48-5.50 in the long jump.

This week, both the men’s and women’s teams seek to improve upon their fourth-place conference finishes in 2003 at the 2004 Big Ten Championships May 14-16 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Five members of the 2004 wrestling team were invited to theColumbus Statehouse Tuesday to be honored by the Ohio Senate fortheir All-American achievements at the NCAA championship meet inMarch. Seniors John Clark, Blake Kaplan, Jeff Ratliff and TommyRowlands, and freshman J.D. Bergman claimed All-America honors inhelping Ohio State solidify a tie for third place at the nationalmeet, the highest team finish in the history of Buckeye wrestling.Each All-American was individually recognized and received aresolution of recognition by their district senate representative.

Last weekend, Rowlands continued his preparation for a run at the Athens Olympic games as a competitor in the 2004 Pan American Championships May 6-7 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Rowlands, who will wrestle in the 2004 United States Olympic Team Trials May 21-23 in Indianapolis, advanced to the finals of the 211-pound weight class and emerged with a silver medal Friday evening, dropping a tight 3-2 decision in the 211 final.

The entire Ohio State team and coaching staff will celebrate the 2004 season at the annual postseason banquet Saturday at the Blackwell Inn.

Women’s lacrosse student-athlete Regina Oliver has been namedto the first-team American Lacrosse Conference All-Conference team.The squads were selected by a vote of the conference coaches.Oliver, one of only two three-time first team selections, was theBuckeyes’ top scorer this season with 36 points with team-highs of25 goals and 11 assists. She also was the team leader in groundballs (54), draw controls (28) and caused turnovers (46). Oliver isthe ALC statistical leader in ground balls (3.86 per game) andcaused turnovers (3.29) and ranks fifth in draw controls (2.00).Oliver currently ranks second nationally in ground balls and causedturnovers. A three-time first-team ALC All-conference selection,Oliver was the ALC Freshman of the Year in 2002 and the ALC Playerof the Year in 2003.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule Wednesday, May 12 – Sunday, May 16 All Times Eastern

Wednesday, May 12
Baseball vs. Akron
6:35 PM – Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, May 14
Women’s Tennis vs. Harvard
NCAA Championship First Round
11 a.m. – Cambridge, Mass.

Softball vs. Iowa
Big Ten Tournament
1 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.

Softball vs. TBA
Big Ten Tournament
5 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.

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

Track and Field at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, May 15
Men’s Lacrosse at North Carolina
NCAA Championship First Round
1 p.m. – Chapel Hill, N.C.

Men’s Tennis vs. South Carolina
NCAA Championship First Round
1 p.m. – Chapel Hill, N.C.

Women’s Tennis vs. Kentucky/Boston University
NCAA Championship Second Round
2 p.m. – Cambridge, Mass.

Baseball vs. Northwestern
4:05 and 7:05 p.m.- Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. TBA
Big Ten Tournament
TBA – Ann Arbor, Mich.

Rowing at South/Central Regional Championships
Oak Ridge,Tenn.

Track and Field at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, May 16
Men’s Tennis vs. South Carolina State/North Carolina
NCAA Championship Second Round
1 p.m. – Chapel Hill, N.C.

Baseball vs. Northwestern
1:05 – Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Rowing at South/Central Regional Championships
Oak Ridge,Tenn.

Track and Field at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.