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At the 2005 Big Ten Championships, Griet Buelens won the200-yard butterfly to become the first Ohio State swimmer to win aBig Ten championship since 1995. Buelens, a native of Kapelle,Belgium (Ursulinen Mechelen), out-raced all other opponents to a1:59.09 finish, recording not only a season-best time, but the besttime in Ohio State history and an NCAA `B’ qualifying time, hersecond in this event. Buelens qualified for finals earlier in themeet with the fifth-fastest time in preliminaries, clocking in at2:01.71. Jocelyn Jay had won the last conference swimmingchampionship for Ohio State, winning both the 500-yard freestyleand the 400-yard IM in 1995. Following the meet, Buelens was namedto the 2005 All-Big Ten First Team for her performances at thechampionship. During the 2005 Big Ten Championships, Julie Bromssurpassed Big Ten competitors in the 3-meter diving event, claimingthe Big Ten title with a season-best 583.45 points, the highestscore in Ohio State history. Broms, a native of Springfield, Ill.(North Central), defeated Indiana diver Christina Loukas by threepoints. Broms came into the event in third place after scoring534.55 points in the preliminary round. Broms also recorded aseason-high score in the 1-meter 302.20 points, placing sixth inthe event final.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s ice hockey team earned a 1-0-1 record innon-conference action at Niagara Feb. 18-19. OSU tied NU, 2-2, inovertime in game one and came back to shut out Niagara, 4-0, ingame two. The win marked the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season.The Buckeye penalty kill held Niagara scoreless on five-of-sixpower-play chances on the weekend. Freshman Erin Keys led therookie class as she scored a goal and an assist, recording herfirst multiple-point game at Niagara Feb. 19. Sophomore goalieErika Vanderveer received WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honorsfor stopping Niagara on 37-of-39 shots in the non-conference roadseries. Vanderveer earned Ohio State’s first shutout of the seasonin game two Feb. 19 as she turned away all 16 shots faced. In the2-2 overtime tie Feb. 18, she made 23 saves, allowing just twogoals. Between the two games, Vanderveer recorded a .96goals-against average and a .951 save percentage, marking her bestperformance this season. Ohio State returns home for its finalregular-season match-up when the Buckeyes take on Minnesota Stateat 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink. TheOhio State Department of Athletics will retire the No. 5 worn byBuckeye great John Havlicek during a halftime ceremony during themen’s basketball game Sunday vs. Wisconsin (2 p.m./ESPN Plus/WBNS10 TV). Havlicek will be the fourth men’s basketball player to havehis number retired. The Buckeyes look to improve to 6-1 overall vs.Big Ten foes at Value City Arena this year. Ohio State is 13-1 inthe facility in 2004-05 and 14-1 overall at home this year. JuniorTerence Dials is 10 points away from becoming the 42nd player inOhio State history to reach 1,000 career points. Dials leads theBuckeyes this year with an average of 15.6 points and 8.0 reboundsa game. The women’s basketball team (25-3; 12-2 Big Ten) travels totake on Purdue at 8 p.m. Thursday in Mackey Arena. The game will betelevised in some regions on Fox Sports Net. The Buckeyes’ finalregular-season game is at 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Penn State in ValueCity Arena.

The Buckeyes beat No. 14/14 Minnesota, 65-53, last Thursday and fell, 66-64, at No. 9/9 Michigan State Sunday. Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week and one of 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy. Davenport tallied the first triple-double in Ohio State women’s basketball history against No. 9/9 Michigan State Sunday with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. She recorded her ninth double-double of the season in the victory vs. No. 14/14 Minnesota Thursday with a Value City Arena record 35 points and 11 boards.

Women’s lacrosse opens the 2005 season by hosting DuquesneSaturday at the North Turf Field of the Woody Hayes AthleticComplex. The game will begin 30 minutes after the completion of themen’s lacrosse game against Navy that will start at Noon. OSU’sRegina Oliver has been named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list.The award is the `Heisman’ of lacrosse. Oliver has also been namedto the preseason all-conference squad of the American LacrosseConference and a preseason first-team All-American by InsideLacrosse. The No. 17 men’s lacrosse team opens its home slate witha game against 2004 NCAA runner-up and No. 7-ranked Navy at noonSaturday at North Turf Field. The Buckeyes opened their season witha loss at Penn State Feb. 19, 9-7. Junior Josh Wittenberg led theBuckeyes in the contest with a goal and an assist for two points.The No. 15 men’s tennis team (4-5 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) wrapped upplay Sunday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship inChicago. The Buckeyes, the No. 13 seed of the 16-team tournament,made their first appearance in the National Team IndoorChampionship since 1977, and went 1-2 in tournament play. OhioState fell to No. 4 Georgia in first round action, picked up a 4-1win over No. 13 Kentucky in the consolation quarterfinal round andsuffered a 4-1 loss to No. 11 Louisiana State in the match thatdecided 9th place. The Buckeyes are back in action Friday as theyplay host to Virginia Commonwealth at noon at the Jesse Owens WestTennis Center in Columbus. Ohio State hits the road Feb. 27 as theytravel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama. The fencing squad (44-2overall) is back in action Saturday and Sunday at the MidwestConference Championships hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.Last season at the championships, the Buckeyes placed first overallas they topped the Fighting Irish by 70 points. Both the OSU men’sand women’s fencing squads are 22-1overall in duals action thisseason. 14th-ranked men’s volleyball (10-4 overall, 3-0 MidwesternIntercollegiate Volleyball Association) lost two matches lastweekend at the Golden Dome Classic in Newark, New Jersey. OSU fellto host Rutgers-Newark 0-3 (23-30, 23-30, 29-31) Friday night andlost 0-3 (30-24, 30-20, 30-21) to fifth-ranked Penn State Saturday.OSU setter Daniel Mathews was named to the Golden Dome ClassicTeam. He posted 47 assists against the Scarlet Raiders and 35against the Nittany Lions. Against Rutgers-Newark, Mark Greaves hada team-high 12 points with Andy Cole adding 11. Against Penn State,Greaves scored a team-high 16.5 points with Layne Dreven adding 10.Ohio State returns to conference play this Saturday when they faceNo. 13 Loyola (12-1, 6-0) in Chicago at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes thenplay at Clarke (2-7, 0-5) Sunday at 5 p.m. The No. 2 men’sgymnastics team tallied an OSU team best 223.975 to top No. 11Nebraska Feb. 18 at St. John Arena. In the win, OSU captured allsix events, including an OSU best 38.6 on pommel horse. BuckeyesRonald Ferris (Jr., Austintown, Ohio/Ohio Gym. Institute) andWillie Ito (So., Huntington Beach, Calif./ South Coast Gym.)re-wrote OSU all-time record books with their career performances.Ferris notched a 9.925 on high bar for first place and the scorestands as a tie for the best OSU all-time score on any event sincenew scoring rules were implemented in 2001. Ito tallied afirst-place 9.9 on pommel horse, which surpasses his own OSU recordof 9.675 on the apparatus, compiled vs. Illinois Jan. 29, 2005. TheNo. 8 men’s hockey team split a two-game series at Michigan Statelast weekend. The squad lost the opener, 6-3, stopping itsseason-high winning streak at six. The Buckeyes rebounded with a5-1 victory in game two, led by Dan Knapp’s career-best threeassists, Dave Barton and Domenic Maiani with a goal and an assisteach and points from nine other Buckeyes. The squad has this weekoff before closing out the regular season with a home-and-homeseries with Miami March 4 (in Oxford, Ohio) and March 5 (inColumbus). Ohio State, which clinched one of the Top 2 spots in thefinal league regular-season standings, will play host to afirst-round, best-of-three CCHA playoff series March 11-13 in ValueCity Arena. The winner advances to the CCHA Super Six at Joe LouisArena in Detroit. Griet Buelens and Julie Broms won individual BigTen titles during the 2005 Big Ten Swimming and DivingChampionships last weekend in Bloomington, Ind. Buelens won the200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 1:59.09, the best time in OhioState history. Broms won her Big Ten title on the 3-meter board,scoring 583.45 points, the highest score in Ohio State history.Buelens is the first Big Ten swimming champion for the Buckeyessince 1995. Both Buelens and Broms were named All-Big Ten FirstTeam for their efforts at the meet. Nicole Maglich also had asuccessful Big Ten championship campaign, recording four NCAA `B’qualifying times and four Top 8 finishes throughout thecompetition. Kearstin Hetrick was honored with the sportsmanshipaward for her contributions to the Buckeye squad. The Buckeyesplaced 10th overall, accumulating 199 points. Ohio State clocked in16 lifetime-best times and 11 season-best times. A select number ofthe Buckeye squad will return to Indiana this weekend to try andrecord more NCAA qualifying times before the NCAA meet March 15-19.The Buckeye diving squad will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. forthe NCAA Zone Diving Regional meet March 11-13. The pistol teamscored a 6,348 at the Midwest Pistol Sectional last weekend on theLt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall. The competition was oneof many qualifiers that will be used to select the teams toparticipate in the Collegiate Nationals, March 15-19, at Ft.Benning, Ga. The list of qualifiers will be announced later. OSU’steam score of 2,167 in standard pistol broke the all-time schoolrecord of 2,163. The Buckeyes posted scores of 1,984 in free pistoland 2,197 in air pistol. OSU’s Jennifer Trickett took top honors infour of the five events, including a pending national record inwomen’s air pistol of 375. She posted top scores in women’s sport(567), free pistol (513) and air pistol (555). Buckeye AnthonyDouglass took first in standard pistol with a 549 score. Thebaseball Buckeyes open the season this weekend at the WiregrassBaseball Classic in Dothan, Ala. Ohio State, which finished 36-25overall and 19-12 in the Big Ten last year, will meet MiddleTennessee Friday at 3 p.m., EST, and will then play Troy Saturdayat 7 p.m., before concluding the weekend in a non-conference gamevs. Iowa Sunday at 11 a.m. All games in Dothan, Ala. will be playedat the Northcutt Baseball Field. The Buckeyes return six positionstarters, including all three outfielders from a team that finishedsecond in the Big Ten, both in the regular season and tournament.Steve Caravati, the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year, will move fromleft to right and 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jacob Howellwill move from right to left. Mike Rabin returns in centerfield andhas started 163 straight games. Caravati is a Preseason First TeamAll-American by the National Collegiate Baseball WritersAssociation, and a Preseason Second Team All-American by CollegiateBaseball. Starting senior pitchers Mike Madsen, who has won 17games the past two seasons, and Trent Luyster, who the Chicago Cubsselected in last year’s draft, both return to lead the pitchingstaff.

Sophomore baseball pitcher Trey Fausnaugh is one of 30 players who have been named to the initial watch list for the inaugural National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Wednesday. The award will be given annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I. Fausnaugh, a 2004 Third Team All-Big Ten selection from Circleville, Ohio (Westfall), led the conference with 32 appearances, all in relief. He also led the league with nine saves and was second in the conference with 18 games finished. At the end the regular season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award’s first finalists with the winner being named Wednesday, June 8, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super regional action.

The No. 22 women’s gymnastics team (5-6, 0-3 Big Ten) dropped a195.600-194.075 decision to No. 3 LSU Sunday in St. John Arena.Ohio State finished the evening with scores of 48.800 on floor,48.400 on both bars and vault, and a 48.475 on beam.

The Buckeyes rotation was paced by freshman Karley Walek (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock) and senior Liz Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood). Walek placed first in the all-around for the second-consecutive week with a mark of 38.250. Walek also finished the afternoon placing fourth on vault with a score of 9.825. Meaney finished the meet placing first on beam for the fifth time this season, with a score of 9.850. Meaney also placed fourth on floor with a score of 9.850.

Junior Kaylin Schlecht (Marion, Ohio/River Valley) and freshman Jessica Rosette (Green Cove, Fla./Episcopal) turned in solid performances as well. Schlecht placed third on bars with a tally of 9.775, while Rosette posted a 9.725 on beam to finish fourth.

After concluding a season-opening seven-match homestand, thewomen’s tennis team (3-4, 0-0 Big Ten) takes to the road to faceNo. 19 Tennessee at 5 p.m. Friday at the Goodfriend Tennis Centerin Knoxville, Tennessee. The Buckeyes then return home to face No.7 Kentucky at 2 p.m. and Akron at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Jesse OwensWest Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU defeated Auburn lastweekend, 5-2, in its last time out. The wrestling team upended No.13 Penn State in State College, Pa. Friday by a 21-17 score. TheBuckeyes claimed wins in six of 10 matches to close their dualseason at 8-11.

T.J. Enright boosted Ohio State out to an early 3-0 lead with his 29th win of the season at 133 pounds. The Buckeyes enjoyed a 9-0 lead after a forfeit at 141and moved further ahead to 12-0 with another decision at 149 by Steve Wolery.

Freshmen Keegan Mueller (165) and Kirk Nail (HWT) combined with sophomore J.D. Bergman at 197 to finish off the victory as each recorded decision wins. The decision for Bergman served as his 33rd win on the season, while also improving his dual record to 17-2 in 2005.

The Buckeyes have a week off to prepare for the 2005 Big Ten Championships March 6-7 at the University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Softball opened the 2005 season at the Florida AtlanticUniversity Doubletree Classic in Boca Raton, Fla., with a 4-1record and a third place finish in the tournament. The Buckeyesboasted a tournament-best .353 team batting average, while OSUpitchers collected a 1.65 ERA and held the opposition to a .271clip at the plate. The Buckeyes beat Rutgers, 8-0, N.C. State, 2-0,and Pittsburgh twice, 8-7 and 6-3. Host FAU topped OSU, 12-3.Sophomore Jamee Juarez was named the Big Ten softball co-player ofthe week Tuesday. At the plate, Juarez went 7-for-10 (.700) duringthe tournament and fashioned a 2-1 record in the circle with a 0.78ERA in 18 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts. In the field, sheposted a 1.000 fielding percentage on nine opportunities in thecircle and at third base. Juarez had at least one hit in each ofOhio State’s five games, going 3-for-5 in the first two games and4-for-5 in the final three games when she also notched both her twopitching wins. Junior Chelsea Baker was 2-0 in the circle with a0.00 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched.

The Buckeyes travel to the Palm Springs Classic in California this weekend, where they will meet five opponents, including ranked teams No. 20 Pacific, No. 12 Washington and No. 18 Oregon State.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the2005 Big Ten Championships Feb. 26-27. The men travel to WestLafayette, Ind., while the women depart for Ann Arbor, Mich.

This past weekend, the Buckeyes played host to their final regular season meet in the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday at French Field House.

Shelaine Larson finished her home indoor career with a personal best and winning mark of 66-3 to win the weight throw at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. Larson’s measure served a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Also for the women, Rosalind Goodwin measured a season-best 43-1 1/2 to win the triple jump ahead of teammate Shayla Moore, who reached 42-5 1/4. The marks for both serve as provisional qualifiers.

On the men’s side, Bryan Duby closed out his indoor home career with a personal best mark to win the weight throw. Duby reached 20.79m or 68 feet, 6 1/2 inches to claim first place, while posting a provisional qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

In the men’s sprint events, Tony Cole took runner-up in the men’s 55-meter dash in 6.28. Additionally for the men, Marios Iacovou won the men’s high jump, clearing 6-10 1/4.

The rifle team will close out the season at the WesternIntercollegiate Rifle Conference championships this Saturday atPurdue University. The eighth-ranked women’s golf team finishedseventh Tuesday at the Central District Invitational. The Buckeyesposted a final-round score of 302 and finished with a total of 915.The event was held at the par 72 River Wilderness Golf Club (6,099yards) in Parrish, Fla. Ohio State senior Kristen White tied forninth place with a score of 221 (+5) to pace the Buckeyes. TeammateLindsay Knowlton tied for 26th with a mark of 227 and Dana Je tiedfor 30th with a score of 229.

Ohio State returns to action March 4-6 at the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 24 -Sunday, Feb. 27
All Times Eastern

Thursday, Feb. 24
Women’s Basketball at Purdue, 8 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, Feb. 25
Softball vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. UNLV, 3:30 p.m.
Palm Springs, Calif.

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseball vs. MTSU, 3 p.m.
Dothan, Ala.

Men’s Tennis vs. VCU, 5 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota State, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Feb. 26
Softball vs. Washington, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Oregon, 9 p.m.
Palm Springs, Calif.

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Navy, Noon
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Duquesne, 2 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota State, 4:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics at Penn State, 7 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Men’s Volleyball at Illinois-Chicago, 8 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Baseball vs. Troy, 7 p.m.
Dothan, Ala.

Men’s Track at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Fencing at Midwest Conference Championship
South Bend, Ind.

Rifle at Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Golf Alumni Match
Jupiter, Fla.

Sunday, Feb. 27
Softball vs. Long Island, Noon
Palm Springs, Calif.

Baseball vs. Iowa, 11 a.m.
Dothan, Ala.

Men’s Tennis at Alabama, Noon
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Women’s Tennis vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Akron, 8 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 6 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball at Clarke, 6 p.m.
Dubuque, Iowa

Men’s Track at Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Fencing at Midwest Conference Championship
South Bend, Ind.