January 19, 1999– The Buckeyes made short work of the Kenyon College Lords last weekend, coasting to a 121-89 win. This weekend they look to exact some sort of revenge upon the University of Cincinnati as they host the Bearcats. The Bearcats handed Ohio State its first loss of the young season last fall, dashing the team’s hopes of an undefeated season. The Bearcats have two prime contenders in returning All-Americans junior Honza Viatzka and sophomore Steven McLeod. The Bearcats are coming off a 169-124 loss to Big Ten rival Indiana over the past weekend.
LAST YEAR AGAINST CINCINNATI The Bearcats spoiled the Buckeyes’ season opener, winning 124-113. Brian Malich won the 50 freestyle, while Marko Strahija won the 200 backstroke. Diver Mike McIntyre was victorious in the one and three meter diving competiton, which unfortunately was not enough for the Buckeyes to overcome the deficit. Cincinnati went on to win.
KENYON RECAP The Buckeyes handed Kenyon a 121-89 defeat, moving to an unblemished 6-0 on the season. Cameron Mull was a double winner in both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Drew Fiden got his first win of the season when he won the 100 breaststroke and was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay. Ryan Fillmann gave the Buckeyes a sweep in the one and three meter dives, winning both.
BUCKEYE QUICK HITS
oThe Buckeyes defeated Kenyon College 121-89 last weekend, improving to 6-0 on the season. The Bearcats are coming off a 169-124 loss to Indiana.
oThe latest rankings from the Big Ten have several Buckeyes ranked quite high within the Conference. By no coincidence, the team is ranked 21st in the nation in the latest poll from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
oThis is the last home weekend for a while for the Buckeyes Next week the team travels to State College, Pa. to take on Big Ten foes Penn State and Iowa. This meet will provide an accurate measure of where the team stands in preparation for the Big Ten Championship on Feb. 25-27.
oThe next home meet for Ohio State is Feb. 5 and 6. On Friday, the Buckeyes have a coed meet against Syracuse, followed by a coed meet against Pittsburgh the following day. These meets will be the final tune-up for the Buckeyes before heading into the Big Ten Championships. This year the Championships are being hosted by Indiana and are Feb. 25-27 in Bloomington.