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Feb. 4, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Senior thrower Dan Taylor automatically qualified for the NCAAchampionships in the shot put and weight throw. Taylor was alsoawarded the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the 2003 indoor seasontwice. Taylor holds the top mark in the nation in the shot put witha distance of 20.11 meters. Junior hockey goalie Mike Betz wasnamed the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week after leading theBuckeyes to a 1-0-1 weekend at Notre Dame. Betz allowed just threegoals in the two games on the road at Notre Dame, with agoals-against average of 1.45 and a save percentage of .946 (53saves on 56 shots) in 123:57 of play. In the second game, he postedhis second shutout of the season, the eighth of his career, as hestopped all 23 Irish shots and helped lead the squad to an 8-for-8performance on the penalty kill.

Sports Shorts

The No. 24-ranked men’s tennis team claimed a 6-1 victory overthe DePaul Blue Demons and a 7-0 shut out over the West VirginiaMountineers, Saturday at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. Withthe wins Ohio State improves to 5-0 , the best season start sincethe 1989-90 squad, under direction of John Daly, opened its seasonwith six-consecutive wins and went on to a season record of 18-9(7-5 in the Big Ten). Next up, the Buckeyes travel to Los Angeles,Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins for the first time in Ohio Statehistory, at 1:30 p.m. (PST) Friday, Feb. 7. The No. 10-ranked men’shockey team (18-6-3, 12-4-2 CCHA) moved into second place in theCCHA with a win and a tie at Notre Dame last weekend. The Buckeyes’Dave Steckel scored with 4.7 seconds remaining to tie the game,3-3, the first night. In the finale, Paul Caponigri and Ryan Keslerscored for OSU and goalie Mike Betz made 23 saves as the squad shutout the Irish, 2-0. The team returns home with a two-game CCHAseries against Western Michigan this weekend. The Buckeyes andBroncos will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in ValueCity Arena. Coming off two-consecutive wins over Michigan State andIllinois, the women’s gymnastics team is ranked No. 25 in theGymInfo women’s national rankings released Monday. The Buckeyes are3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. This is the first Top 25ranking for the Buckeyes since their No. 24 ranking March 2, 2002.The softball team is ranked No. 16 in the preseason USAToday/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Top 25 pollreleased Wednesday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face nine teamsin the Top 25 including No. 3 and defending NCAA championCalifornia Golden Bears March 1. The Buckeyes open the 2003 seasonagainst Florida Atlantic at 1:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 7 at the FloridaInternational Tournament in Miami, Fla. The women’s tennis team,ranked No. 40, improved to 3-0 on the season after defeatingMarquette, 6-1, Friday and No. 43 Baylor, 4-3, Saturday. Bothmatches were played at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium in Milwaukee,Wis. Against Marquette, the Buckeyes faced a hard-fought doublescompetition and then pulled together to win five of six singlesmatches. In the Baylor match, Ohio State swept the doubles 3-0 forthe second time this season and was awarded the doubles point forthe third-consecutive time. In singles, the two schools split 3-3,marking the second time this season Ohio State relied on thedoubles point for the win. The No. 3 men’s gymnastics team posted aseason-high 215.85 to defeat Illinois Saturday in Champaign, Ill.Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa.) scored 52.4 and Dick Huntwork(Pickerington, Ohio) complied a career-high 52.15 to place secondand third in the all-around, respectively. The team improved 5.2points over its last outing against Illinois-Chicago where itposted a season-low 110.65. The Buckeyes recorded season-highs onfloor (36.35), vault (36.7), parallel bars (35.45), high bar(35.65) and all-around. Also, the Buckeyes had an individual placefirst in every event except the all-around. Ohio State advanced itsrecord to 7-0, 5-0 in the Big Ten. The women’s ice hockey team wasswept by the No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs last weekend. SixBuckeyes recorded points against UMD, as sophomore Meaghan Mulvaneyled OSU with two points, on a goal and an assist. Additional goalswere scored by Jeni Creary, Jana Harrigan and Jennifer Desson,while tallying assists were Jeanne Chapple and Crystal Sayther.Goalies Natalie Lamme and April Stojak tallied a season-high 40saves Friday and Saturday, respectively, breaking Stojak’s previoushigh of 29 saves set Oct. 26. Ohio State will be making its finaltrip of the regular season this weekend (Feb. 7 and 8) when ittravels to Minneapolis, Minn., to face the No. 3 Minnesota Gophers.The men’s swimming and diving team finished its regular seasonSaturday with a 161-114 loss at No. 4 Michigan. With the defeat,the Buckeyes season mark ends at 8-2 and 1-2 in Big Ten play. Thesole individual winner on the day for Ohio State was sophomore AndySwonger (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield North), who won the 50-yardfreestyle with a time of 20.91. It was the fifth time Swonger hastaken first in the 50 free this season. The team will be away fromcompetition until the 2003 Big Ten Championships, Feb. 27-March 1,also to be held in Ann Arbor, Mich. The women’s swimming and divingteam closed off its regular season with a 177.5-109.5 loss to theNorthwestern Wildcats Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Deanna Strunk(Fr., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) was a double winner, finishing firstin the 100-yard butterfly (57.96) as well as the 200 individualmedley (2:11.35). Strunk’s two wins give her a total of seven winsin her last three meets and a team-best 19 on the season. TheBuckeyes finish the 2002-03 season at 7-6 and 0-5 in Big Ten play.The team will have two weeks off before heading to West Lafayette,Ind., Feb. 19-22, for the 2003 Big Ten Championships. Pistoldefeated the OSU Naval ROTC 6,227 to 5,355 last weekend. OSU’sAnthony Douglass was the top shooter in free pistol while A.J.Sayers finished first in air pistol. Rifle lost to Xavier, 6,167 to6,127 on Saturday. Abhijeet Konduskar finished second in smallborerifle and fourth in air rifle for the Buckeyes. Men’s volleyball(4-3) split matches with Springfield College over the weekend. OSUwon 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-23) on Saturday behind 16 kills from TomTrantow and 12 from Adam Pedersen. Springfield won the Sundaymatch, 3-2 (27-30, 20-30, 30-28, 31-29, 15-11). Trantow had ateam-high 23 kills while Andy Cole recorded a career-high 19 killswhile Brett Hamilton added 10. OSU hosts Clarke College at 7 p.m.Friday and travels to Findlay Saturday. Both are conference matchesin the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The men’sand women’s track and field teams took first in 11 events at thenon-team scoring Ohio State Invitational with junior thrower DanTaylor winning the shot put with a throw of 20.11 meters. JoelBrown also had a strong performance setting a new French Fieldhouse record in the 60-meter hurdles. Tami Smith and Molly Loganposted first place finishes for the women with Smith placing firstin the high jump and Logan placing first in the 60-meter hurdles.The women’s basketball team fell at No. 14/15 Penn State, 68-53,Thursday night, and lost at No. 9/10 Purdue, 67-62, Sundayafternoon. The Buckeyes moved to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in theconference (third place). At PSU, the Buckeyes were led by seniorDiDi Reynolds, who scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 19minutes of action against the Lady Lions. While Ohio State made acomeback in the second half by outscoring Penn State, 37-29, andrebounding from a 26 percent shooting effort in the first half tomake 52 percent of the shots they took after halftime, Penn Stateestablished a 23-point lead in the first 20 minutes, whichultimately gave them the victory and the top spot in the Big Ten.Against the Boilermakers, Ohio State was led by sophomore CaityMatter, who scored 22 points (7-12) and was 5-for-5 from behind the3-point line in the first half. Senior Courtney Coleman tallied 15points (7-9) and freshman Kim Wilburn distributed a career-best 11assists and had only two turnovers vs. Purdue. Reynolds nailed a3-pointer with 47 seconds to go and pulled her squad to within twopoints (64-62) of the Boilermakers, but with 23 ticks left on theclock Purdue’s Shereka Wright created a three-point play with afield goal under the basket and a subsequent free throw to seal thevictory. The wrestling team (9-4, 1-1), ranked third and fourth inthe major wrestling polls, split its opening two Big Ten matcheslast week with a 34-12 win over Indiana on Thursday and a tough20-15 loss against No. 3/4 Minnesota Sunday at St. John Arena. TheBuckeyes have two ranked conference foes slated this week as theytravel to No. 15 Penn State Thursday at 7 p.m. and play host to No.19 Purdue on Sunday at 2 p.m. Individually, HWT Tommy Rowlands(Jr., Hilliard, Ohio), 165 John Clark (Jr., Canton, N.Y.) and 157Keaton Anderson (Sr., Pickerington, Ohio) each went 2-0 over thetwo matches as Clark and Anderson notched upset wins overhighly-ranked opponents. Anderson faced No. 1 Luke Becker ofMinnesota as Anderson set the 1,515 in attendance into an eruptionwith an emphatic 2-point takedown midway through the second periodand carried a 3-1 advantage into the third stanza. Andersonextended the lead with two strong takedowns as he had Becker on theverge of a pin fall on two separate occasions for a 9-3 edge.Anderson reached the 1:00 riding time advantage to net the 10-3decision over Becker and pull Ohio State to within 20-6. Clarklooked to carry the Ohio State momentum into the 165 match as hefaced third-ranked Jacob Volkman. The two battled to a 1-1 tie withless than a minute remaining in the match before Clark brought theSt. John Arena crowd to its feet again as he scored a two-pointtakedown with just :08 remaining in the bout for the 3-1 victory.Rowlands jumped out to a 4-1 edge over Minnesota’s No. 9 GarretLowney following the first period and extended that lead to a 9-4decision for the 3-point win as OSU knotted the score at 3-3. Withthe 3-point win, Rowlands 29th of 2003, the defending NCAA championcloses in on the Ohio State all-time mark for career team pointswith 446.5. Current Buckeye assistant and former national champMitch Clark currently holds the mark with 448.5 career points. Themen’s basketball team is back in action at 8 p.m. Wednesday at homeagainst Minnesota. Junior center Velimir Radinovic recorded hisfirst career double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) againstNorthwestern last Saturday after scoring a career-high 20 points atPurdue last week. Senior Sean Connolly needs just 12 points toreach 1,000 for his career, 658 of which have come as a Buckeye inthree seasons in Columbus. The synchronized swimming team (4-1)finished second in a tri-meet at Alabama-Birmingham Saturday inBirmingham, Ala. The Blazers tallied 85 points to finish with firstplace honors. The Buckeyes finished with 77 points while Georgiacame in third with 23 points. Ohio State’s only first place finishcame in the team event. Buckeyes Jessica Beck, Stacey Coffman,Sharon Mejia, Katie Meyer, Megan Mikulecky, Brianne Pineiro, ErinSchmidt and Isla Turner combined to finish with a score of 89.833in the event. Leslie Edgerton placed second in the solo event forOhio State with a mark of 85.166. Pineiro and Turner also finishedsecond in the duet event (85.333) while Lauren Byrom, Edgerton andMeyer came in second in the trio event (85.333). Ohio State returnsto action at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 when the Buckeyes play host to the OSUCollege Association Meet in the Varsity Pool at Larkins Hall.

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, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb 9
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Feb. 4
No events scheduled

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Men’s Basketball vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena

Thursday, Feb. 6
Women’s Basketball vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Wrestling at Penn State, 7 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Friday, Feb. 7
Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Track & Field at Kentucky Invitational, All Day
Lexington, Kent.

Softball vs. Florida Atlantic, 1:30 p.m.
Miami, Fla.

Men’s Tennis at UCLA, 1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Softball vs. Florida International, 6:30 p.m.
Miami, Fla.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Clarke, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Hockey vs. Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Hockey at Minnesota, 7:05 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Track & Field at Kentucky Invitational, All Day
Lexington, Kent.

Fencing at Wayne State Duals, All Day
Detroit, Mich.

Rifle/Collegiate Sectionals, All Day
Converse Hall

Men’s Golf at Gator Invitational, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

Softball vs. Alabama, 11 a.m.
Miami, Fla.

Synchronized Swimming/OSU College Association Meet, 1 p.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Volleyball at Findlay, 7 p.m.
Findlay, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Hockey at Minnesota, 7:05 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Sunday, Feb. 9
Fencing at Wayne State Duals, All Day
Detroit, Mich.

Rifle/Collegiate Sectionals, All Day
Converse Hall

Men’s Golf at Gator Invitational, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

Men’s Basketball at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena

Wrestling vs. Purdue, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena