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Feb. 19, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Against Nebraska over the weekend, sophomore men’s gymnastKerry Adderly (Orlando, Fla.) set career highs on all of his eventsand placed first in four: floor with a 9.45, vault with a 9.5,parallel bars with a 9.05 and high bar with a 9.45. His 9.15 onrings was a career high and a good for a fourth-place finish.Krista Keir (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) placed first in the shot putwith a throw of 55-3.00 in the Sykes Sabock Challenge Cup at PennState, which earned an automatic entry to the 2003 NCAAchampionships. Keir also established an Ohio State indoor record inthe event for the second straight week. Women’s ice hockey playerJaclyn Haines was named WCHA defensive player of the week. Hainesled the Buckeye defense in a two game sweep over Minnesota State(2-1 OT, 5-4) last weekend. Friday, she finished with a +1 ratingand was on the ice during the Buckeyes’ overtime game-winning goal.Saturday, Haines led all players with three assists, went +3 andreceived No. 2 star of the game honors. Haines also was on the iceduring OSU’s game-winning goal Saturday. Haines has played in 28games, recording five assists and a +4 rating this season.

Sports Shorts

Rifle’s Abhijeet Konduskar has been selected to participate inthe NCAA Championship hosted by the U.S. Military Academy, March14-15 in West Point, New York. Konduskar, a senior, will compete inindividual championships in air rifle and smallbore rifle. Hecompeted in the 2001 Championship, finishing 12th in smallborerifle. The women’s basketball team fell at Michigan State (65-64)and at Minnesota (73-50) last week. Senior Courtney Coleman wasnamed one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS award (anacronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying inSchool), which is awarded to the outstanding male and female seniorNCAA Division I basketball player annually. Additionally, freshmanKim Wilburn earned two steals at Minnesota and captured the recordfor most steals by a rookie Buckeye (72). Martha Baker previouslyheld the record with 71 steals during the 1975-76 season. The men’sand women’s track and field teams competed at the Sykes/SabockChallenge Cup at Penn State University. The No. 10-ranked men’ssquad placed first in the event with a score of 136 team points.Leading the men’s team were thrower Dan Taylor (Jr., Middlefield,Ohio), who won both the shot put (64-00.00) and the weight throw(70-11.00), Joel Brown (Jr., Baltimore, Md.), who topped the fieldin the 60-meter dash with a 7.77 mark, which ties his own schoolrecord and Drew Carter (Sr., Solon, Ohio), who posted a 24-3.00leap in the long jump. The No. 11 men’s hockey team split atwo-game series with Miami. Friday, the Buckeyes posted a 4-1 winto clinch the Ohio Cup for the first time since 1999. Four Buckeyes- Doug Andress, Daymen Bencharski, Chris Olsgard and JB Bittner -scored for the squad, while goalie Mike Betz made 23 saves.Saturday, the Buckeyes lost to the RedHawks, 1-0. Betz made 22saves in the game. This weekend, the Buckeyes play host to AlaskaFairbanks for a two-game series. The Buckeyes and Nanooks will faceoff at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value CityArena. Men’s hockey junior goalie Mike Betz and the team helpedraise over $9,000 for scholarships for the children of Tanzaniawith a fundraising dinner Feb. 9. Betz, a nominee for the HockeyHumanitarian Award, traveled to Tanzania over the summer with agroup out of Sioux City, Iowa, on a medical and educationalmission. The No. 19 men’s lacrosse team opens its 2003 season witha game against No. 14 Navy at 1 p.m. Saturday. The game will beplayed at the WHAC North Turf Field. The squad looks to be led byreturning All-GWLL selections Curtis Smith, Greg Bice and TonyRusso. All three earned Inside Lacrosse/Face Off Magazine Yearbook2003 preseason All-America honorable mention accolades. Thewrestling team, ranked fifth in the latest Intermat poll, droppedtwo tight dual meets to Top 10 and Big Ten rivals No. 7 Illinoisand No. 10 Michigan last week. The Buckeyes will close out the 2003regular season with a weekend swing at Northwestern Friday nightand Wisconsin Sunday. Individually, Buckeye senior Keaton Anderson(157, Pickerington, Ohio) and juniors Jeff Ratliff (141, Marion,Ohio) and Tommy Rowlands (HWT, Hilliard, Ohio) each went 2-0 on theweek, as Anderson extended his current win streak to 18 matches,while recording a new career high 30th win. The women’s hockey teamclinched a spot in the WCHA Final Five last weekend in its sweptover Minnesota State. Both games were determined by one goal, asthe Buckeyes defeated the Mavericks, 2-1 in overtime Feb. 14 and5-4 Feb. 15. Sophomore Jeni Creary scored the game-winning goal inthe 2-1 victory over MSU Friday and scored in the 5-4 victorySaturday. She leads the squad with 30 points (17-13) this season.Sophomore Jaclyn Haines led the Buckeye defense with three assistsand was +4 against Minnesota State last weekend. Ohio State facesWCHA rival Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the OSUIce Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes are 1-9-5 against theBadgers in the all-time series. The last time the teams met wasNov. 22 and 23 in Wisconsin. Ohio State tied Wisconsin, 3-3, inovertime and lost 4-0. The pistol squad fired a 6,231 last weekendat the Collegiate Sectional match hosted by the Buckeyes. JessicaMarshall took top honors in four of the five events. Ohio Statewill learn later this month if they will advance to the CollegiateNational Championship, March 18-23, in Columbus Georgia. Men’svolleyball (7-4 overall, 3-0 Midwest Intercollegiate VolleyballAssociation) went to 3-0 in the MIVA with a 3-1 (30-25, 30-26,23-30, 32-30) at Mercyhurst Wednesday. Andy Cole had a career-high21 kills in the win. OSU lost to ninth-ranked Penn State 3-1(28-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-25) Sunday. Mark Greaves had a career-high16 kills in the loss. OSU travels to face 11th-ranked Ball State(8-3, 2-2) Friday night in Muncie. The No. 2 men’s gymnastics teamcompiled a national-high 220.5 to defeat Nebraska (212.35) in aco-ed dual meet Friday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes as a teamwon every event and set season highs on all but vault to score 4.65more points than their previous high (215.85) set in a dual matchat Illinois Feb. 1. Sophomore Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa.),the only Buckeye to compete in all-around, took first with acareer-high 54.0 points. A Buckeye took first in every event exceptrings. Senior Raj Bhavsar (Houston, Texas) appeared in his firstdual meet of the season, competing on floor (8.65), pommel horse(9.45) and vault (9.2). The Buckeye face No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m.Saturday in State College, Pa. The No. 36 women’s tennis teamdefeated Big Ten-foe Michigan State, 6-1, Friday and upset then-No.28 Michigan, 4-3, Saturday in Jesse Owens West Recreation Center.The Buckeyes improve to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Ten.Ohio State clinched the doubles point in both matches and has donethe same for the fifth time in five chances this season. TheBuckeye duo of Erica Fisk (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.) and JackieLeskovar (So., Cambridge, Ontario) remained undefeated in dual playon the season as they recorded two victories at the No. 2 spot.Senior Sadhaf Pervez (Warren, N.J.) advanced to 5-0 at the No. 1singles and Fisk added two victories at No. 2 to improve to 4-1.The Buckeyes travel to New Haven, Conn. to face Yale at 10 a.m. andBoston College at 5 p.m. Saturday. The No. 12 women’s golf teamfinished tied for 12th place with a score of 636 (+44) in tworounds of play at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge lastweek. The third round was cancelled Wednesday because of rainyconditions. The event was held at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club(5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and hosted by OhioState. Sophomore Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) ledthe Buckeyes in a tie for 13th place with a score of 152. KristenWhite tied for 27th (155) while Allison Hanna tied for 47th (159).The Buckeyes return to action at the Central District Invitationalheld Feb. 24-25 in Parrish, Fla. Jill Weber posted a 9.900 on vaultand beam and Tiffanie Janke posted a 9.950 and 9.850 on beam andvault, respectively, as the No. 24 women’s gymnastics team (5-3,2-1 Big Ten) defeated host Pittsburgh Sunday, 196.050-195.225, inPittsburgh, Pa. The Buckeyes won three of the four events andposted four scores of 9.900 or better to give them their highestpoint total of the season. Weber, Kaylin Schlecht and Shelby Warnerswept the top three spots in the all-around. Weber finished firstwith a 39.350, Schlecht a 39.125 and Warner a 39.025. ElizabethMeaney had another strong showing for the Buckeyes, posting a 9.900on beam, a 9.825 on the vault and a 9.800 on the floor exercise.After splitting the weekend with a close loss at home to No. 5Nebraska Friday, the Buckeyes are now ranked No. 21 in the latestGymInfo national rankings. They will be back in action at 7 p.m.Saturday Feb. 22 when they travel to State College, Pa. to take onNo. 18 Penn State. The men’s basketball team will get a much-neededrest over a 17-day period in which the team will play just twogames. The Buckeyes will host Purdue Saturday (noon, WBNS 10 TV)and Iowa Feb. 25 (8 p.m./WBNS 10 TV) and then will not play untilMarch 5 at Northwestern. Three of the remaining four regular-seasongames will be played at Value City Arena, where the Buckeyes havewon at least 10 games for the last five years. Ohio State is 10-3at home this year and 68-11 all-time in Value City Arena. Thewomen’s swimming and diving team will travel to West Lafayette,Ind. this week for the 2003 Big Ten Championships. Thechampionships will run from Wednesday Feb. 19 through Saturday Feb.22 and will feature seven sessions of competition. Buckeyes lookingto win big at the conference meet include senior Natalia Diea(Austin, Texas/University of Texas). Diea is a three-timeconference champion in platform diving in three trips to conferencemeets. Diea won platform Big 12 conference titles with Texas in1999 and 2000 and took the crown in the Big Ten after transferringto Ohio State in 2001. Star freshman Deanna Strunk (Fr., West Lawn,Pa./Wilson) will look to lead the team in the swimming pool. Her 19first-place finishes at dual meets on the season are a Buckeyeteam-best. The No. 24-ranked men’s tennis, now 5-3 on the season,team suffered two losses on the road this weekend. The Buckeyesfell 4-3 to No. 14 Alabama and 6-1 to Vanderbilt. The squad isperfect at home, 5-0 and drops to 0-3 on the road. Brenton Contini(Jr., Dover, Ohio) remains undefeated as he improves his 2003 dualsrecord to 6-0. Next up, the Buckeye squad returns to Columbuslooking to stay on track with its home (5-0) winning streak. OhioState will play host to No. 16 Virginia Commonwealth at noon,Saturday Feb. 22 at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. TheBuckeyes will face Penn State in the Big Ten opener at noon, SundayFeb. 23 at the West Recreation Center. Members of the nationalchampion football team have spent several evenings in February andwill be doing so again in March volunteering at Mid-Ohio FoodBank.Each month they’ll be packing 80,000 pounds of food for seniorcitizens. The Buckeyes, in groups of twenty-five, will be workingto complete the boxes in time for the monthly distribution to needyseniors who have qualified for the program. The “care packages” area huge help to seniors who sometimes have to choose between foodand medicine. With 2,350 senior food boxes to make every month,Mid-Ohio FoodBank needs volunteers. The Buckeyes are always lookingfor ways to help out in the community and the Foodbank wasfortunate enough to have a game plan. Team members work theirvolunteer activity into schedules between sessions in the weightroom. The team spent evenings on Feb. 6, 10 and 11 and will nextvolunteer March 5, 10 and 11 to help prepare the care packages.Mid-Ohio FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit organizationdedicated to feeding hungry people. The Foodbank supplies a networkof more than 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters,senior dining centers, day care and after-school enrichmentprograms in 20 Ohio counties. Food comes from food industrydonations, community food drives, and State and Federal foodpurchase programs. Mid-Ohio FoodBank is a member of America’sSecond Harvest, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relieforganization. Since 1980, the Foodbank has provided more than 278million pounds of food and other grocery products for hungry peoplein our community.

The following is a list of Ohio State athletics events, both home and away, for the upcoming week.
GO BUCKS!

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Sunday, Feb 23
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Basketball at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Thursday, Feb. 20
Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Friday, Feb. 21
Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic, TBA
Columbus, Ga.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Volleyball at Ball State, 7 p.m.
Muncie, Ind.

Wrestling at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Saturday, Feb. 22
Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic, TBA
Columbus, Ga.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Rifle at Western Intercollegiate Championships, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Tennis at Yale, 10 a.m.
New Haven, Conn.

Track & Field/Scarlet and Gray Invitational, 10 a.m.
French Field House

Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 12:07 p.m.
Value City Arena

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Navy, 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Synchronized Swimming at Wheaton College Invitational, 4 p.m.
Norton, Mass.

Women’s Tennis vs. Boston College, 5 p.m.
New Haven, Conn.

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

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Sunday, Feb. 23
Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic, TBA
Columbus, Ga.

Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 1 p.m.
Value City Arena

Wrestling at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
Madison, Wis.