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Feb. 1, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • DJ MacDonald, men’s swimming
    • The senior from Toledo, Ohio, earned four first-place finishes over the weekend and two more second-place finishes, including a thrilling win in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday. MacDonald was one of six seniors honored during Senior Day festivities.
  • Francesca Di Lorenzo, women’s tennis
    • DiLorenzo, a freshman from New Albany, Ohio, helped No. 16 Ohio State defeat 12th-ranked Michigan for the first time since 2003 on Sunday. No. 2-ranked Di Lorenzo was down 3-0 to No. 17-ranked Ronit Yurovsky at No. 1 singles, but rallied for a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory. Di Lorenzo teamed with Olivia Sneed at No. 1 doubles for a 6-3 win over Kate Fahey and Sara Remynse. In all, DiLorenzo contributed two points in the 4-2 win over the Maize and Blue.

Men’s Basketball (14-9, 6-4 B1G)

  • Ohio State won two of its three games last week, defeating Penn State 66-46 and Illinois 68-63.
  • Against the Nittany Lions, Keita Bates-Diop led all scorers with 22 points while grabbing eight rebounds. It was first time since Feb. 22, 2014 the Buckeyes held a Big Ten opponent to under 50 points.
  • In the overtime win over the Fighting Illini, Bates-Diop had another strong performance with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Marc Loving added a double-double of his own with 11 points and 10 boards.

No. 7 Women’s Basketball (16-4, 8-1 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes won their only contest of the week, beating Northwestern 76-73.
  • Kelsey Mitchell‘s 26 second-half points led the Ohio State charge after halftime, during which it trailed by as many as nine points.
  • With her 11 points, senior Ameryst Alston moved into sixth place in school history with 1,921 points, passing Tracey Hall who had 1,912 points from 1985-88.

No. 9 Wrestling (9-2, 6-1 B1G)

  • Both Big Ten matchups ended in Ohio State’s favor last week. The Scarlet and Gray defeated Indiana 27-9 and Purdue 20-17.
  • Against the Hoosiers, Nathan Tomasello earned a major decision at 125 pounds that gave the Buckeyes a lead they would not relinquish. Bo Jordan and Kenny Courts also had major decisions.
  • It came down to the final match against the Boilermakers and Nick Tavanello‘s 3-1 decision secured the team win for Ohio State. Tomasello also recorded his 33rd consecutive win.

No. 16 Women’s Tennis (5-0)

  • In a battle of top-20 teams, the Buckeyes took down No. 12 Michigan 4-2 on Sunday.
  • Two Buckeyes won both singles and doubles matches: Olivia Sneed won her singles match in straight sets and Francesca Di Lorenzo won 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. The duo teamed up to win a doubles match 6-3.

No. 8 Men’s Tennis (7-0)

  • It was another sweep for Ohio State, which took down No. 26 Texas 4-0.
  • Ralf Steinbach and Mikael Torpegaard earned their fifth victories of the season, all without dropping a set.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball (7-2)

  • Ohio State swept both of its matches last week against Quincy and Lindenwood to improve to 7-2 and give the team six consecutive sweeps.
  • Against Quincy, Christy Blough delivered 40 assists, helping to steer OSU’s offense to a .451 attacking rate, while Nicolas Szerszen and Christian Franceschi both hit at a .500 clip with eight total digs.
  • The Buckeyes have outscored their last half dozen opponents by a combined 126 points, averaging a scoring margin of 20-plus points per match.

No. 3 Men’s Gymnastics (6-2, 4-1 B1G)

  • Ohio State defeated rival Michigan 434.900-424.100 in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Cliff Keen Arena, the first head-to-head win over the Wolverines since 2007.
  • The Buckeyes set a school record on vault with a 75.450 team total — the No. 2 team score in the nation this season — and a season high of 73.450 on parallel bars, the No. 3 score in the NCAA and fifth-best team score in school history.
  • Individually, the Buckeyes were led by Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Sean Melton, who won the all-around competition with a score of 87.650. B1G Freshman of the Week Alec Yoder was the all-around runner-up with a score of 87.450, while freshman Tristan Burke was fourth.

No. 15 Men’s Swimming & Diving

  • The team’s six seniors — Keeler Callahan, Chris DePietro, Dmitry Dolgov, Peter Lyon, DJ MacDonald, and Jovan Mitrovic — were honored during senior day on Saturday and the team as a whole won three of its four dual meets over the course of the weekend, taking down Kentucky, Buffalo, and West Virginia.
  • Matt McHugh had quite the day on Friday, placing first in four events. Diver Colin Zeng won three of the four diving events, including scores of 457 and 418.15 in the three-meter and platform dives, respectively, on Saturday.

No. 25 Women’s Swimming & Diving

  • The Buckeyes won two of their three dual meets over the weekend, soundly defeating Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • Hannah Thek had an outstanding weekend, winning all four diving events.
  • Several swimmers posted NCAA provisional times over the two days, including Liz Li (49.31, 100 freestyle), Zulal Zeren (1:59.01, 100 backstroke), and Amy Bopp (2:14.46, 200 breaststroke and 1:58.89, 200 butterfly).

Men’s Hockey (8-14-2, 3-5-2-1 B1G)

  • Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 2-1, Saturday at Value City Arena. All three goals came in the second period, with freshmen Miguel Fidler and Mason Jobst scoring for the Buckeyes.

Women’s Hockey (9-18-1, 5-16-1 WCHA)

  • Ohio State split its weekend series with Minnesota Duluth, winning Friday’s matchup 6-3.
  • Reigning WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Julia McKinnon once again led the team in scoring, registering four points over the series. The senior has nine points in her last four games.
  • Friday night’s victory featured a season-high four power play goals from the Buckeyes, with Cara Zubko and McKinnon both notching two assists. Ten different Buckeyes had a point in the contest.

Fencing

  • At the Northwestern Duals over the weekend, Ohio State posted a combined record of 14-5. The men finished 6-3 while the women ended up 8-2.
  • The No. 6 women’s squad downed No. 3 Princeton, No. 8 Penn, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Temple, Wayne State, Stanford, UC-San Diego and Duke. Strong individual performances were had by Eleanor Harvey, Alanna Goldie, and Mona Shaito.
  • The No. 7 men’s squad defeated No. 8 Princeton, No. 9 Duke, No. 10 Stanford, Wayne State, UC-San Diego and Northwestern. Lewis Weiss had an excellent weekend, leading the men’s epee unit and contributing a team-high 19 touches.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
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Monday, Feb. 1

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.

Thursday, Feb. 4

  • Men’s Basketball at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. — Madison, Wisc.
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. IPFW, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Feb. 5

  • Men’s Swimming & Diving vs. Wright State, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Wright State, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling at Penn State, 6 p.m. — State College, Penn.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis — ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBA — Madison, Wisc.
  • Track & Field — Armory Collegiate Invitational, TBA — New York
  • Track & Field — Meyo Invitational, TBA — Notre Dame, Ind.

Saturday, Feb. 6

  • Men’s Lacrosse at Furman, 12 p.m. — Greenville, S.C.
  • Women’s Gymnastics at Rutgers, 1 p.m. — Piscataway, N.J.
  • Synchronized Swimming — Jessica Beck Memorial, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 4:07 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis — ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBA — Madison, Wisc.
  • Track & Field — Armory Collegiate Invitational, TBA — New York
  • Track & Field — Meyo Invitational, TBA — Notre Dame, Ind.
  • Rifle — PRC Championship, TBA — Fort Worth, Texas

Sunday, Feb. 7

  • Men’s Tennis vs. Virginia Tech, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf — Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, All Day — Palos Verdes, Calif.
  • Women’s Tennis — ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBA — Madison, Wisc.
  • Rifle — PRC Championship, TBA — Fort Worth, Texas