March 27, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Emma Baranski (synchronized swimming) and Irina Andrianova (pistol)

  • Baranski became just the fourth Buckeye to win back-to-back solo national titles on Saturday at the US Collegiate Championships. Baranski also earned gold in the duet and team routines.
  • Andrianova won her fourth national title of her career on Friday at the National Collegiate Pistol Championships. She won the title in the sport pistol, which completed the three-peat. Andrianova’s four national titles are the third most in program history.

Colin Zeng, diving

  • Zeng placed third on platform, ninth on three-meter and 13th on one-meter at the NCAA Championships this weekend. He was named an All-American in all three events. He scored a 478.25 on the platform for his bronze finish. The redshirt sophomore now has five All-America awards under his name.

Synchronized Swimming

  • The Buckeyes capped their tremendous 2017 season with a National Championship, its 30th in program history. The Buckeyes, who were hosting the US Collegiate Championships for the second time in the last three seasons, finished with 100 points which bested runner-up Stanford at 88 points.
  • Emma Baranski swam with grace and precision on Saturday to post a season-high score of 85.2667 to defend her solo national title; she became just the fourth Buckeye to win back-to-back solo national titles. Baranski also won a duet national title with her teammate Elizabeth Davidson and she was a member of the Scarlet team (eight member routine) that won its second national title in the past three years.
  • The 30 national titles in program history are the most of any sport at Ohio State. This is the synchro team’s first title since winning it in 2015.


  • The Buckeyes claimed the fourth women’s team aggregate championship in school history and Irina Andrianova won her fourth individual championship, coming out on top in women’s sport pistol on Friday at the National Collegiate Pistol Championships.
  • The title for Andrianova is her third consecutive title in that event and the 33rd individual national championship in program history. Andrianova shot a 555 to take home the title.


  • For the second straight year, Ohio State placed in the number two spot at the NCAA Fencing Championships with 11 fencers. Ohio State finished with seven All-Americans in addition to one silver medal and four bronze medals.
  • Alanna Goldie had the highest finish of the weekend, the only Buckeye to appear in the final round. Goldie placed second falling to world No. 1 Lee Kiefer in the finals. Goldie’s second place finish is the highest in her four appearances at the NCAA Championships.
  • In women’s epee, Eugenia Falqui led the way with a third place finish. Falqui finished pool competition in fourth with 14 wins, pushing through to the semifinal round after sitting in fifth place through rounds three and four.

No. 2 Men’s Volleyball (23-1, 12-0 MIVA)

  • Ohio State steamrolled two conference opponents on Thursday and Saturday to move to 12-0 in league play.
  • On Thursday against Fort Wayne, it took just 70 minutes to sweep the match in straight sets (25-11, 25-11, 25-16). Maxime Hervoir was Ohio State’s trendsetter with 11 kills on 15 errorless attempts (.733) and four blocks (two solo). Ryan Genn had a stout showing as well with 10 kills, three aces and a block assist to rank second in the match with 13.5 points.
  • On Saturday against No. 11 Ball State, the Buckeyes captured another victory in straight sets (25-16, 25-15, 25-19). OSU attacked at .461 clip, hitting no worse than .423 in any of the three sets while holding the Cardinals to a lowly .159 swinging clip. Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills, more than the entire Ball State squad mustered (23). Both Buckeyes attacked .500 en route to their 12 terminations apiece. Hervoir tacked on nine kills and picked up a match-high 10 digs.

No. 2 Women’s Rowing

  • Ohio State won nine of 14 races to open their season on Saturday against No. 9 Yale and Harvard.
  • The First Varsity Eight won both of its races with times of 6:38.59 and 6:34.24. The First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four boats were unblemished as well, winning both of their races in fine fashion. The 1V4’s time of 7:21.18 in the afternoon session was the fastest by any of the Varsity Four boats all day long.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (18-3, 2-0 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State opened up B1G play with two victories over Michigan and Michigan State.
  • On Friday, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan for the 23rd-straight time by a score of 4-1. Ohio State won the doubles point and received straight-set victories from Hugo Di Feo and Kyle Seelig.
  • Sunday, the Buckeyes were dominant again with a 7-0 win over the Spartans. The doubles point was won once again by the Buckeyes. In the singles portion of the competition, Mikael Torpegaard, Di Feo, Seelig, Martin Joyce and Matt Mendez all picked up straight-set wins.

No. 3 Men’s Gymnastics

  • Ohio State closed out the regular season on Friday night with a win over No. 4 Illinois, 416.850-415.250.
  • Sean Melton (rings and parallel bars), Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and Jake Martin (all-around) won event titles during the dual meet.
  • Melton’s title on rings with a tally of 15.200 was a primetime, much needed performance and it gave OSU momentum headed into the final two rotations. Melton’s routine on the rings was the best of his season and it is the second-best score in the NCAA this season; the title on rings is his third of the year. Melton closed out his evening with a sound routine on the parallel bars to capture gold in that event with a readout of 14.600.

Softball (18-7, 3-0 Big Ten)

  • For the second straight year, OSU opened up its conference play with a sweep. The Buckeyes took down Maryland in all three games over the weekend outscoring the Terrapins 38-8.
  • The Buckeyes received a complete game from Shelby Hursh on Friday night to win the series opener, 6-2. Taylor White hit a three-run home run in the third inning.
  • White came up big in the game two of the series as well, hitting a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning to put the Buckeyes ahead 10-6.
  • OSU’s offense closed out the series with an emphatic 22 run, 19 hit performance to complete the sweep. Ohio State scored 13 runs in the second inning on 12 hits — including a grand slam off the bat of Lilli Piper. The 22 runs are the second most in single-game history for Ohio State.

Men’s Swimming/Diving

  • Colin Zeng was named an All-American on the one-meter and platform and he also received honorable mention All-America accolades on the three-meter last week at the NCAA Championships. Zeng’s best finish came on the platform; he placed third overall with a score of 478.25.
  • Two other individuals, Christo Law (three-meter and platform) and Matt McHugh (100 backstroke), were named Honorable Mention All-Americans. The 400 medley relay of McHugh, Jack Barone, Noah Lense and Fleagle and 400 freestyle relay of McHugh, Fleagle, Andrew Appleby and Mossimo Chavez both earned honorable mention All-America honors.

Track and Field

  • Sarah Kanney ran the third-fastest 3,000m steeplechase in program history on Friday night at the Raleigh Relays. The freshman placed fifth in a field of 37 athletes with a readout of 10:30.62.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, March 28

  • Baseball, vs. Ohio, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio State
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Penn State, 7 p.m. — University Park, Pa.

Wednesday, March 29

  • Softball, vs. Wright State, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Friday March 31

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Rutgers, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, at Iowa, 6 p.m. — Iowa City, Iowa
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Dayton, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, vs. Rutgers, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Purdue, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. McKendree, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Florida Relays, All Day — Gainesville, Fla.
  • Women’s Golf, Clemson Invitational, All Day — Sunset, S.C.

Thursday, March 16

  • Men’s Volleyball, at Loyola, 8 p.m. — Chicago, Ill.
  • Women’s Swimming, NCAA Championships, All Day — Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day — Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, Big Ten Semifinals, TBA — Detroit, Mich.
  • Wrestling, NCAA Championships, All Day — St. Louis, Mo.

Saturday, April 1

  • Women’s Lacrosse, at Penn State, 1 p.m. — State College, Pa.
  • Softball, vs. Rutgers, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Gymnastics, NCAA Regionals, 5 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.
  • Baseball, vs. Purdue, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. McKendree, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Florida Relays, All Day — Gainesville, Fla.
  • Women’s Golf, Clemson Invitational, All Day — Sunset, S.C.
  • Women’s Rowing, Stanford Invite, TBA — Redwood Shores, Calif.

Sunday, April 2

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Maryland, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Purdue, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, at Nebraska, 3 p.m. — Lincoln, Neb.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, at Penn State, 7 p.m. — University Park, Pa.
  • Women’s Rowing, Stanford Invite, TBA — Redwood Shores, Calif.
  • Women’s Golf, Clemson Invitational, All Day — Sunset, S.C.