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Athletes of the Week

Swimmer Marty Tomes was a double-event winner at last Tuesday’svictory over Cleveland State, placing first in the 200-yardfreestyle with a time of 1:41.84 and in the 100-yard butterfly witha time of 49.59. He currently holds four individual and one relayseason best time and looks to lead the squad in the butterfly andfreestyle events this weekend when the Buckeyes compete in theAuburn Invitational. Stacey Gordon was named the Big Ten VolleyballPlayer of the Week for the fourth time this season and the 11thtime of her career. Gordon had 30 kills, hitting .456 and added 13digs in a 3-0 win at Iowa. She had 21 kills and 19 digs in the 0-3loss at No. 19 Minnesota. Gordon’s 30 kills against Iowa was herninth match this season with 30 or more kills. With her 21 killsagainst Minnesota, she now has recorded double-figure kills in herlast 76 matches. Gordon was also named to the All-Big Ten squad forthe third time. Against IUPUI Dec. 1, junior shooting guard CaityMatter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) led all scorers with 26 points anddrained eight (of 12) 3-pointers to break Ohio State’s single-gamerecord, which was set by former two-time All-American Katie Smithvs. Northwestern Jan. 15, 1995 and then tied by Matter Jan. 16,2003 at Wisconsin. Matter, who is pacing the No. 14 Ohio StateBuckeyes (4-0; 0-0 Big Ten) with 21.0 points per game and a 50percent stroke from the 3-point arc, tallied three rebounds, threeassists and one steal vs. the Jaguars. Matter also led all scorersin the previous game (Nov. 25) vs. UNC Wilmington with 20 pointsand a 5-of-9 night from downtown.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s ice hockey team earned its third consecutive seriessweep last weekend vs. Niagara. OSU skated past NU, 5-1, Saturdayand topped the Purple Eagles, 2-1, Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. TheBuckeyes improve their record to 7-5-0 overall, as they earnedtheir sixth consecutive victory this season. The sweep marked thefirst time the Buckeyes have posted three consecutive series sweepsin the history of the program. OSU’s six game winning streak tiesits previous record of six consecutive wins set in the 2000-01season. The Buckeyes have a break from action this weekend, beforetraveling to face Northeastern Dec. 12-13 in Boston, Mass for thefinal series of 2003. Ohio State trails Northeastern 1-3 in theall-time series. The last meeting with the Huskies was Nov. 26,2000 in Boston, Mass., in which OSU fell 3-0. The men’s and women’sgymnastics teams will compete in an intrasquad competition at 6p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena as the Buckeyes continue to preparefor the 2004 season. The women Ohio State will hold a formalintrasquad competition the following Saturday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.in the Steelwood Training Facility. The men will have their Scarletand Gray Intrasquad meet Dec. 19. The No. 6/7 men’s hockey team,coming off a 7-0 win over Bowling Green Saturday, has ahome-and-home series with instate rival Miami this weekend. TheBuckeyes, tied for first place in the CCHA, will play host to theRedHawks at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena and then travel toOxford, Ohio, for a game at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at Goggin Ice Arena.Friday is Toys for Tots Night at Value City Arena. Fans that bringa new toy to the game will receive a ticket for $2. Senior goalieMike Betz tied the OSU program record for career shutouts aftermaking 26 stops against the Falcons. With two shorthanded goalsagainst BGSU, senior Dave Steckel tied the OSU single-game recordset by Paul Pooley Feb. 14, 1981, also at Bowling Green. The men’sbasketball team opens the home portion of the 2003-04 seasonagainst Georgia Tech tonight at Value City Arena. Tip time is 7p.m. for the nationally televised Big Ten/ACC Challenge game onESPN. The Buckeyes play another “home” game this week though thematchup with Virginia Tech will not be played on the Ohio Statecampus. The Buckeyes and Hokies will square off at Nationwide Arenaat 2 p.m. Saturday. The game will serve as a test run for the 2003NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds, whichwill be played at Nationwide in late March. Ohio State will be thehost institution for those games. As the football team waits for abowl bid, the honors and awards have started coming in. The CollegeFootball Writers Association of America tabbed Will Allen afirst-team All-American while the American Football CoachesAssociation named Will Smith a first-team member of its All-Americateam. More All-America teams will be announced at a later date.Several players have earned All-Big Ten honors. Allen, TimAnderson, A.J. Hawk, B.J. Sander, Smith and Alex Stepanovich werenamed First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches, while ChrisGamble, Ben Hartsock, Mike Nugent and Shane Olivea were tabbed assecond team selections. Gamble, Hartsock, Hawk, Smith andStepanovich were first-team picks by media voters, while Anderson,Dustin Fox, Nugent, Olivea and Sander earned second-team mention.Craig Krenzel earned a first-team spot on the 2003 CoSIDA AcademicAll-America team and became the first Ohio State student-athlete tobe selected as the Academic All-American of the Year. Additionally,Sander was named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award,which annually recognizes the top collegiate punter. Women’svolleyball closed out the 2003 season with a 3-0 win at Iowa and a0-3 loss at No. 19 Minnesota. Stacey Gordon had 30 kills withAmanda Miller adding 10 against the Hawkeyes. At Minnesota, Gordonhad 21 kills with Miller adding 13. The Buckeyes closed out theseason with an 11-17 overall record and a 5-15 mark in the Big Ten,finishing tied for ninth. Gordon was named All-Big Ten while BrianaMcCarthy was honored as a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.The No. 14 women’s basketball team (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) blew by IUPUI(1-4, 0-0 Mid-Continent), 96-48, Dec. 1 in Value City Arena. Juniorshooting guard Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) led allscorers with 26 points and drained eight (of-12) 3-pointers tobreak Ohio State’s single-game record, which was set by formertwo-time All-American Katie Smith vs. Northwestern Jan. 15, 1995and then tied by Matter Jan. 16, 2003 at Wisconsin. Additionally,senior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) returned tothe lineup after missing the first three games of the year due toan injury suffered in preseason. Turner racked up five blockedshots, 13 points (5-of-6), two assists, two steals and only oneturnover in 12 minutes of play. OSU also beat UNC Wilmington (0-2,0-0 CAA), 70-42, Nov. 25 in Value City Arena. Ashley Allen(Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) and Matter combined for a 9-for-13night from downtown. Matter, who was 5-for-9 from 3-point land, ledall scorers with 20 points and Allen, who was 4-for-4 from downtownin her second game back since suffering a season-ending injury lastJanuary, scored 13 points in 16 minutes and grabbed three boardsand two steals. The women’s swimming and diving team swept all 13events to defeat Cleveland State 147-81 at the Mike Peppe AquaticCenter last Tuesday, bringing its record to 4-1. Deanna Strunk andStephanie Raezer were both double-event winners, along with NicoleMaglich bringing in one individual event and swimming with thefirst-place 200-freestyle relay team. Freshman Julie Bromscontinues to dominate in the diving well, placing first in both the1- and 3-meter dives and making the diving squad undefeated in alldiving events this season. The men’s swimming and diving team took11 of 13 events to defeat Cleveland State 137-96 at the Mike PeppeAquatic Center last Tuesday, bringing its record to 3-0. TheBuckeyes set nine season best times and three unshaved lifetimebest times. Marty Tomes was a double-event winner, setting seasonbest times in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. RobKauscher, Matt Jeffries and Andreas Campioni each set unshavedlifetime best times, along with freshman Kellen Harkness bringingin his first Buckeye win in the 3-meter dive. The Buckeyes areundefeated in diving events so far this season. The No. 10wrestling team (0-0, 0-0) makes the trip to Las Vegas, Nev. Friday,Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 for the Las Vegas Invitational held atthe Las Vegas Convention Center. Three Buckeyes look to claim theirthird tournament crowns this season as Ohio State seeks to betterits third place standing at the 2002 event Brutus Buckeye is one of12 mascots in the running for Capital One Mascot of the Year. Fansmay vote for Brutus daily by visitinghttp://ohiostatebuckeyes.ocsn.com/genrel/brutus2003.html. Votingwill continue through Dec. 23. Brutus leads “Aubie” the mascot fromAuburn, by almost 15 percent.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 7
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Men’s Basketball at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Thursday, Dec. 4
Women’s Swimming at Auburn Invitational
Auburn, Ala.

Friday, Dec. 5
Men’s Hockey vs. Miami, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Swimming at Auburn Invitational
Auburn, Ala.

Men’s Swimming at Auburn Invitational
Auburn, Ala.

Wrestling at Las Vegas Invitational
Las Vegas, Nev.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Men’s Basketball vs. Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.
Nationwide Arena

Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Mixed Pairs Competition, 6 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Hockey at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio

Women’s Swimming at Auburn Invitational
Auburn, Ala.

Men’s Swimming at Auburn Invitational
Auburn, Ala.

Wrestling at Las Vegas Invitational
Las Vegas, Nev.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Men’s Swimming at Auburn Invitational
Auburn, Ala.