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Feb. 25, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Joel Brown (Jr., Baltimore, Md./ Woodlawn) continued a stellar2003 Indoor season by placing first in the 55-meter hurdles at theScarlet and Gray Invitational with a time of 7.18, whichautomatically qualified him for national competition. Brown’s timeat the Scarlet and Gray Invitational set an Ohio State record inthe 55m hurdles. Brown’s efforts also merited Male Big Ten Athleteof the Week recognition for Feb. 25. Molly Logan (Sr., Darby, Pa.)completed the Ohio State sweep of the hurdles events at the Scarletand Gray Invite as she captured first place for the fourth straightweek with a French Field House record-setting 7.79 performance inthe 55m hurdles. The mark serves as a provisional qualifier to theNCAA Championships and earned an Ohio State sweep of the Big TenTrack and Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Sports Shorts

Men’s volleyball (8-4 overall, 4-0 Midwest IntercollegiateVolleyball Association) up 12th-ranked Ball State 3-2 (26-30,33-31, 30-28, 26-30, 15-11) in Muncie last Friday. Tom Trantow hada team-high 18 kills for OSU. Mark Greaves contributed acareer-high 17 kills including six of OSU’s 10 kills in the fifthgame. Ohio State hosts No. 15 Indiana-Purdue at 7 p.m., Tuesday,Feb. 25 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes then go on the road to faceNo. 14 Loyola-Chicago Friday and Clarke Saturday. The women’stennis team suffered its first loss of the season against Yale anddefeated Boston College in a double header Saturday in New Haven,Conn. Against Yale, Ohio State recorded victories at No. 1 and No.2 doubles and started the match 1-0 for the sixth-consecutive timethis season. Then, the Buckeyes lost 4-of-6 singles matches to theBulldogs, thus dropping, 4-3. Against Boston College, the Buckeyesswept the doubles matches and picked up three singles wins toclinch the match, 4-3. No. 75 Sadhaf Pervez (Sr., Warren, N.J.)improved to 7-0 at No. 1 singles and the Buckeye tandem of juniorsErica Fisk (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jackie Leskovar (Cambridge,Ontario) remained undefeated in dual play (7-0) as they tacked ontwo victories at No. 2 doubles. Ohio State is now 6-1 (3-0 Big Ten)on the season. After earning four points against Minnesota Stateand clinching a spot in the WCHA Final Five Feb. 15, the women’sice hockey team fell to No. 7 Wisconsin Friday and Saturday inColumbus. The Buckeyes were defeated 7-1 Friday and 2-1 Saturday.OSU set a home attendance season record of 521 Saturday againstWisconsin in the OSU Ice Arena. The previous record of 397 was setJan. 25 versus Mercyhurst. Ohio State finishes regular-season playat home this weekend. The Buckeyes play host to WCHA opponentBemidji State at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 28 and at 4:05 p.m. March 1 at OSUIce Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is currently placed fourthin the WCHA and have a one-point lead over Bemidji State going intothe series this weekend. The contest Saturday will mark seniornight at the OSU Ice Arena, in which Ohio State will honor KatieFrohreich, Shana Frost, Carrie Gill, Emily Hudak, Lindsey Ogren,Christine Patno, Lindsey Steblen and April Stojak in a ceremonyprior to the game. The No. 1 men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 1Penn State Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center. After posting anational-high 220.5 Feb. 14 against Nebraska, the Buckeyes slipped3.625 points to compile 216.875 points to the Nittany Lion’sseason-high 220.00. Randy Monahan (So., Elizabethtown, Pa) placedthird in the all-around competition with a 53.25. Ohio State marksits first loss of the season and is 8-1 overall (5-1 in the BigTen). Women’s lacrosse opens the 2003 season this Friday by hostingStanford (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. (playing site to be determined) OSU wasvoted 11th nationally in the preseason Intercollegiate Women’sLacrosse Association poll. The Buckeyes were picked second in thepreseason poll of the American Lacrosse Conference by a vote of thehead coaches. The rifle squad took top honors at the WesternIntercollegiate Rifle Conference last weekend at Purdue. OSU wonthe team competition in smallbore rifle over Akron, 2,298 to 2,273and in air rifle over Akron, 1,556 to 1,528. OSU’s AbhijeetKonduskar finished first in smallbore rifle with a 594 score.Buckeye John Stellwag was second at 577. Ohio State took the topthree positions in air rifle with Stellwag finishing first at 391,Ryan Kohatsu second at 390 and Konduskar third at 389. Thesynchronized swimming team (13-1) earned a first-place finishSaturday at the Wheaton College Invitational in Norton, Mass. TheBuckeyes finished with 102 points while Wheaton placed second with86, followed by Boston University (66) and Rhode Island (48.5). TheBuckeyes swept all four routine events in solo, duet, trio and teamevents. Senior Victoria Bowen won the solo with a score of 94.000.Teammates Chelsea Luker and Suzanna Hyatt teamed up to win the duetcompetition (94.000) while Bowen, Hyatt and Lindsay Newbill claimedfirst place in trio (94.000). The Ohio State team of Bowen, ChisakoUkai, Hyatt, Carly Grimshaw, Luker, Lauren Marsh, Newbill and EmikoTakyu placed first in the team event with a mark of 95.250. TheBuckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. March 1 to play host to theNorth Regional Championships in the varsity pool at Larkins Hall.The event will mark the final home meet of the 2003 season. The No.7-ranked wrestling team closed out the 2003 regular season with atwo-match sweep on the road at Northwestern and at Wisconsin. SixBuckeyes concluded the week’s action with perfect 2-0 marks,highlighted by Keaton Anderson (Sr., Pickerington, Ohio), whoextended his current win streak to 20-straight matches as hefinished up the dual season with a unblemished 15-0 mark. HWT TommyRowlands (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio) scored his team-best 10th pin Sundayin the win at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes conclude the 2003 season withan overall mark of 12-7 and a 4-4 conference record. Ohio Statewill next participate in the 2003 Big Ten Championship with areturn trip to Wisconsin. The No. 27 men’s tennis team, 7-3 (1-0 inthe Big Ten) on the season, extended its perfect home record toseven this weekend at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center inColumbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes topped No. 14-ranked VirginiaCommonwealth, 4-2 and shut out Penn State, 7-0, in the Big TenConference opener. Vince Ng (Sr., Broadview Heights, Ohio), rankedNo. 45 in the country, advanced his 2002-03 singles record to 26-4.Ng’s win at the No. 2 slot pushes his career singles recordcountdown to 10 wins. Jeremy Wurtzman (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.),ranked an Ohio State record high of No. 7 in the country, increasedhis 2003 duals record to 8-2. Brenton Contini (Jr., Dover, Ohio)and Ross Wilson (Fr., Toledo, Ohio) continued their perfect 2003duals record. Contini holds a solid record of 7-0 in duals andWilson highlights his freshman start at 5-0 in duals. Conor Casey(Jr., Ontario, Canada) and Dennis Mertens (Fr., Braaschatt,Belgium) broke their losing streak with wins at the Nos. 3 and 4slots in the Penn State match. Casey had a 4-match losing deficitand currently is 5-4 in duals. Mertens clutched a duals record of3-5. Next up, the Buckeye squad returns to Columbus looking to stayon track with its home (7-0) winning streak. Ohio State will playhost to Maryland at 11 a.m. and Cleveland State at 6 p.m., Feb. 28at the West Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes willface Indiana State at noon, March 1 at the West Recreation Center.Men’s basketball coach Jim O’Brien reached career win No. 350 witha 52-44 win over No. 24 Purdue last Saturday. In six seasons inColumbus, O’Brien has lead the Buckeyes to 115 wins for an averageof 19.2 victories per season. Senior Sean Connolly made his firstfive 3-point attempts to improve his career 3-point shootingpercentage to .389 (125-321) at Ohio State. That percentage is thesecond best in Ohio State history. Senior Brent Darby reached theTop 25 in career scoring at Ohio State with a game-high 16 pointsin the win over the Boilermakers. His 1,215 career points is justbehind No. 24 John Havlicek’s 1,223 career points from 1960-62.Ohio State battles Iowa at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Value City Arena,where the Buckeyes are 11-3 this season and 69-11 since thebuilding opened in 1998. The men’s swimming and diving team (7-2overall, 1-2 Big Ten) will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 27-29,for the 2003 Big Ten Championships. Buckeyes looking to score bigfinishes at the conference meet are former Big Ten Diver of theWeek Mitch Richeson (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Greenwood), former BigTen Swimmer of the Week Nick Rees (Sr., Nassau, Bahamas/SaintAugustin) in the butterfly, sprint freestyle standout Andy Swonger(So., Springfield, Ohio/Springfield North) and team victoriesleader Tommy Seay (So., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley) in freestyle andindividual medley events. The women’s swimming and diving teamcapped off its season with a ninth-place finish at the Big Tenchampionships over the weekend in West Lafayette, Ind. Natalia Diea(Sr., Austin, Texas/University of Texas) led the charge for theBuckeyes, qualifying for the finals of all three divingcompetitions over the course of the weekend. Diea finished sixthand fourth in the 1- and 3-meter dives, respectively, and cappedoff her weekend with a second-place finish in the platform. Overallat the conference meet, the Buckeyes marked 16 lifetime best times,three NCAA consideration qualifying times and six times that rankin the Top 5 in program history. The No. 19 men’s lacrosse team wasdefeated by No. 14 Navy, 13-10, Saturday in its season opener. TheBuckeyes were led in the game by Pat Myers, who had four goals, andAnthony Gilardi, who had a goal and a team-high three assists. Thesquad returns to action with a 1 p.m. game at UMBC Saturday. TheNo. 14/15 men’s hockey team clinched home ice for the first roundof the CCHA playoffs over the weekend. The squad suffered twolosses at home to Alaska Fairbanks, falling 4-1 the first night and5-4 in the series finale. This weekend, the Buckeyes travel toMarquette, Mich., for a two-game series with Northern Michigan. TheBuckeyes and Wildcats will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday andSaturday in games that can be heard live on WOSU Radio (820 AM) andonline at wosu.org. The baseball team has climbed to No. 22 in thenation without playing a game. The Buckeyes, which had been ranked25th in the preseason by the National Collegiate Baseball WritersAssociation, finally put the ranking on the line this weekend whenthey travel to Beaumont, Texas for the Tournament of ChampionsCardinal Classic, hosted by Lamar University. Ohio State opens playFriday against Lamar and then meet Oklahoma on Saturday andSouthwest Missouri State on Sunday. All four teams advanced to theNCAA Tournament last year. The men’s and women’s track and fieldteams played host to the Scarlet and Gray Invitational lastSaturday in a non-team scoring event at the French Field house. Topperformers for Ohio State were Joel Brown, Molly Logan and DanTaylor. Brown automatically qualified for the 2003 NCAA IndoorChampionships in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.18 seconds.Logan captured her fourth consecutive victory in the hurdles andset a French Field house record of 7.68 seconds. Taylor continuedhis dominance in the throwing events with first place finishes inthe shot put and weight throw. A total of 16 Ohio State athleteswon events Saturday as 13 Buckeyes provisionally or automaticallyqualified for the 2003 NCAA indoor championships. The women’sbasketball team fell at Illinois, 58-54, Wednesday night, butreturned home to beat then-No. 10/11 Purdue, 56-51, in front of aseason-high 7,003 people Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena. TheBuckeyes’ 18-8 record is the best since the 1992-93 season, whenOhio State went 23-3 in the first 26 games of the season, and their13-0 home mark is the best since the 1992-93 season, when the teamwas 16-0 overall. Sophomore Caity Matter tallied three 3-pointersagainst the Boilermakers, which ties the record for most treysdrained by a Buckeye in a single season. The previous recordholder, Marcie Alberts, nailed 86 shots from downtown during the1996-97 season. Ohio State closes the regular-season portion oftheir schedule vs. Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday night in St. JohnArena. The game will recognize the three departing seniors -Courtney Coleman, DiDi Reynolds and D’wan Shackleford – and willcommemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 1993 Final Four team.The No. 19/21 softball team (5-4) went 3-1 at the NFCA LeadoffClassic in Columbus, Ga. The Buckeyes downed No. 8 DePaul (4-3),Liberty (3-1) and Villanova (4-3). The only loss came at the handsof No. 14 Arizona State, 1-0. Against the Blue Demons, Beth McAbierhit a three-run homer and Karisa Evans went 2-for-3 to lead theBuckeyes offensively while Kristi DeVries picked up the win. KatieChain recorded a career-high 16 strikeouts and Kristine Himes hit atwo-run homer in the 3-1 win over Liberty. The Buckeyes fell to theSun Devils Sunday in a pitchers dual as Chain threw her secondone-hitter of the weekend in the loss. The Buckeyes then finishedon a positive note, defeating Villanova, 4-3, as Amy Ellis went2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. DeVries picked up the win in thecircle, her fourth of the year. The women’s gymnastics (5-4) teamis now No. 14 in the new GymInfo Top 25 poll. The Buckeyes have aregional qualifying average of 195.490. The Buckeyes are back inaction at 11 a.m. Friday when they travel to No. 22 Utah State.

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

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – March 2
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Women’s Golf at Central District Classic, All Day
Parrish, Fla.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Indiana-Purdue, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena

Wednesday, Feb. 26
No events scheduled

Thursday, Feb. 27
Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Swimming & Diving at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Friday, Feb. 28
Softball vs. Oregon State, 10 a.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Women’s Gymnastics at Utah State, 11 a.m.
Logan, Utah

Men’s Tennis vs. Maryland, 11 a.m.
Jesse Owens West

Softball vs. Washington, 2 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Stanford, 3:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s Tennis vs. Cleveland State, 6 p.m.
Jesse Owens West

Men’s Volleyball at Loyola, 7 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Men’s Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Marquette, Mich.

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

Baseball vs. Lamar, 8 p.m.
Beaumont, Texas

Men’s Swimming & Diving at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, March 1
Fencing at Midwest Championships, All Day
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Track & Field at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Track & Field at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Tennis at Nebraska, 10 a.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

Men’s Lacrosse at UMBC, 1 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

Synchronized Swimming/North Regional Championships, 1 p.m.
Varsity Pool, Larkins Hall

Baseball vs. Oklahoma, 2 p.m.
Beaumont, Texas

Softball vs. California, 2 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Softball vs. Portland State, 4 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

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

Men’s Volleyball at Clarke, 7 p.m.
Dubuque, Iowa

Men’s Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Marquette, Mich.

Men’s Swimming & Diving at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, March 2
Fencing at Midwest Championships, All Day
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Track & Field at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Track & Field at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Bloomington, Ind.

Baseball vs. Southwest Missouri State, 11:30 a.m.
Beaumont, Texas

Softball vs. Pacific, noon
Fullerton, Calif.

Men’s Tennis vs. Indiana State, noon
Jesse Owens West

Women’s Tennis at Kansas, noon
Lawrence, Kan.