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Dec. 3, 2002

Athletes of the Week

Senior swimmer Nick Rees was named the Big Ten Male Swimmer ofthe Week after he was a triple-winner for the Buckeyes in a 130-70win over Cleveland State. He won the 100-yard butterfly and was apart of the team’s wins in the 200-yard medley and 200 freestylerelay. The 2000 Olympian for the Bahamas has 11 first-placefinishes and has not finished below second in a race this season.His season’s best of 48.92 in the 100 fly ties him for fourthnationally according to collegeswimming.com. Women’s ice hockeysenior defenseman Emily Hudak led the Buckeyes to a sweep of St.Cloud State at home with a team-high five points on the weekend.Hudak recorded three assists in OSU’s 6-0 shutout Saturday andtallied another two helpers in the Buckeyes’ 6-4 victory Sunday.She has recorded nine assists this season.

Sports Shorts

Women’s volleyball (19-10 overall, 13-7 Big Ten, fourth place)finished the regular season with a 3-0 win over Illinois and a 3-2victory over Purdue. The Buckeyes received an at-large berth in the64-team NCAA Championship and was seeded 15th. Ohio State will hostfirst round matches Friday with Louisville (27-5) playing BallState (25-7) at 5 p.m. and Ohio State facing Robert Morris (27-11)30 minutes after the end of the first match. Friday winners returnfor a second round match Saturday at 7 p.m. to play for a berth inthe Pacific Regional. OSU’s Stacey Gordon, by a vote of the leaguecoaches, has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year and anAll-Big Ten selection. Teammates Shelly Draeger, Suzie Stiling andKatie Virtue were honored as honorable mention All-Big Ten andStephanie Higgins was named to the Freshman All-Big Ten Team. Thewomen’s ice hockey team swept both games in its home series againstSt. Cloud State last weekend. OSU shut out the Huskies, 6-0,Saturday, in its first shutout of the year, and topped the Huskies,6-4, Sunday. The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies, 84-46, combined inthe two games last weekend. OSU outshot SCSU 43-18 Saturday and41-28 Sunday. Senior defenseman Emily Hudak led the Buckeyes to asweep of St. Cloud State with a team-high five points on theweekend. Hudak recorded three assists in OSU’s shutout Saturday andtallied another two helpers in the Buckeyes’ victory Sunday.Sophomore Jennifer Desson led the Buckeye offense in their sweep ofSt. Cloud State, recording four points in the series. Dessonrecorded two goals against the Huskies Saturday and a goal and anassist Sunday. Crystal Sayther led the Buckeye freshman class withthree points on the weekend. Sayther scored her second goal of theseason 9:48 into the second period and assisted on HeatherFarrell’s goal in the third stanza Saturday. She recorded an assiston Farrell’s goal Sunday. Rookie goaltender Natalie Lamme recorded18 saves in the, 6-0 shutout Saturday, the first shutout of hercareer. Lamme has tallied 150 saves, allowing 16 goals in sevengames this season. Ohio State has a bye Dec. 7th and 8th. TheBuckeyes return to action at 7 p.m. Dec. 13th and 14th when theyface No. 10 Princeton at the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink inPrinceton, N.J. The road series will mark OSU’s last game beforeholiday break. The men’s swimming team extended its season recordto 6-0 Nov. 26 with a 130-70 victory over Cleveland State at theRobert F. Busbey Natatorium in Cleveland. Nick Rees (Sr., Nassau,Bahamas/St. Augustin) and Andy Swonger (So., Springfield,Ohio/Springfield North) were triple winners for the team. Rees tookthe 100-yard butterfly (49.80) and was a part of first-placefinishes in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Swonger wasvictorious in the 50-yard freestyle (21.44) and was a part of theteam’s relay wins as well. Tommy Seay (So., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley)also contributed, winning the 200-yard individual medley for thefourth time in five meets this season and setting a team season’sbest of 1:51.73 in the process. He also won the 100-yard backstroke(53.29). The women’s swimming team improved to 6-1, Nov. 26 with a122-70 win over Cleveland State. Stephanie Raezar (Jr., Newark,Del./Glassglow) won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:55.77.She also stepped up in the 100-yard butterfly, winning the event ina time of 59.51. Deanna Strunk (Fr., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) alsowas a double-event winner, finishing first in the 200-yardindividual medley in a time of 2:12.93. She also placed first inthe 500 free in a time of 5:11.39. Women’s basketball playerCourtney Coleman was named to the Coors Classic all-tournament teamlast weekend. Coleman, a senior forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, wassolid offensively for Jim Foster’s Buckeyes by scoring 17 and 18points against Villanova (Nov. 29) and Hartford (Nov. 30),respectively, in Boulder, Colo. The two-time second team All-BigTen selection shot 16-18 from the field, was 3-for-4 from thefree-throw line and collected 10 rebounds over the two nights. OhioState came back to win the consolation game Saturday night bybeating Hartford (0-4, 0-0), 77-49, after falling to eventualtournament champion Villanova (4-0, 0-0), 58-51, Friday night atthe Coors Event Center. Earlier in the week, OSU won their homeopener against Wayne State, 100-57, Tuesday night at Value CityArena. Coleman scored a career-high tying 29 points (13-for-16),grabbed eight boards, earned three steals and handed out twoassists against the Warriors. Junior LaToya Turner (Pickerington,Ohio/Pickerington) recorded her first double-double of the season(the fourth of her career) with 23 points and 11 boards in 25minutes of play. The No. 6 wrestling team will resume action onFriday as it competes in the two-day Cliff Keen Las VegasInvitational held at the convention center in Las Vegas, Nev. OSUjuniors Tommy Rowlands (HWT) and John Clark (165) will look toclaim their third consecutive tournament crowns, while seniorKeaton Anderson (157) will also look for his third title in as manyevents. Ohio State will be competing against individuals fromapproximately 40 different teams, including Big Ten rivals andnational powers Michigan and Minnesota. The men’s and women’sgymnastics teams will preview their respective upcoming seasonsthis weekend when they compete in the mixed pairs exhibitioncompetition at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Arena. Head coaches MilesAvery (men) and Larry Cox (women) are ready to unveil the talent onthe squads this year. After a week off, the No. 14-ranked men’shockey team returns to action this weekend with a two-game seriesagainst No. 11 Miami in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes and RedHawkswill face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday.

The following is a list of Ohio State athletics events, both home and away, for the upcoming week.
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Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 8
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Men’s Basketball vs. Duke, 7 p.m.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Greensboro, N.C.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
No events scheduled

Thursday, Dec. 5
Men’s Swimming/U.S. Open, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, Dec. 6
Women’s Volleyball
NCAA First Round
Louisville vs. Ball State, 5 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Robert Morris, 30 minutes after the end of the first match
St. John Arena

Wrestling at Las Vegas Invitational, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Men’s Swimming/U.S. Open, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Fencing/NAC, All Day
Columbus Convention Center

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio), 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Saturday, Dec. 7
Women’s Volleyball
NCAA Second Round
Winner of Louisville /Ball State vs. Winner of Ohio State/Robert Morris 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Pistol/Junior Olympics, TBA
Converse Hall

Wrestling at Las Vegas Invitational, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Men’s Swimming/U.S. Open, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Fencing/NAC, All Day
Columbus Convention Center

Men’s Basketball vs. Tennessee Tech, 1 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Basketball vs. UW-Green Bay, 5 p.m.
Green Bay, Wis.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio), 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Sunday, Dec. 8
Fencing/NAC, All Day
Columbus Convention Center

Gymnastics/Mixed Pairs, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena