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Feb. 15, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a two-week break the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team returns to action Thursday-Saturday for the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The conference championships will be held in Bloomington, Ind. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Buckeyes wrapped up their dual meet season Jan. 29, finishing 6-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten.

Top 10 in the Big Ten
Four Buckeye swimmers are ranked in the Big Ten’s Top 10 fastest times this season. Griet Buelens is No. 8 in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle. Nicole Maglich also is ranked in the 1,650-yard freestyle, coming in at No. 7. Maglich also is ranked eighth in the 1,000-yard freestyle. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Rebekah Rychvalsky is No. 9 in the Big Ten. There are three Buckeye swimmers in the Top 10 in the 200-yard butterfly. Buelens ranked at No. 3, Gulsah Gunenc is No. 6 and Maglich is No. 7.

Making the Mark
Buckeye freshman Griet Buelens has recorded two NCAA `B’ qualifying marks already this season. Buelens claimed her first qualifying time in the 200-yard butterfly against Michigan Nov. 12, 2004. The NCAA `B’ time of 2:01.52 ranks Buelens 33rd nationally, as compiled by collegeswimming.com. The second time came at the Miami Invite in early December. Buelens clocked in at 4:53.93 in the 500-yard freestyle to place first in the event.

Maglich Ranks In the 1,650
Nicole Maglich also has broken into the collegeswimming.com rankings. Maglich hit the wall in 16:54.30 – seconds shy of the NCAA `B’ mark – in the 1,650-yard freestyle during the double-dual meet against Michigan State and Minnesota Jan. 22. The time places her 58th in the country.

Championship Information
The conference championships, held in Bloomington, Ind., will take place over a four-day period. Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 16 the competition will open with one session containing the final for the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. The following days will follow a two-session schedule for the swimmers with preliminary qualifiers starting at 11 a.m. and event finals at 7 p.m.

The event finals will consist of an `A’ final, containing the Top 8 swimmers from preliminary competition, and a `B’ final, containing the ninth through 16th-placed swimmers. Relays will be raced in the evening session and will not have any preliminary competition as each school can submit one relay team to compete.

The divers will follow the same schedule with preliminary diving in the morning, from which the Top 8 divers will advance to the finals the same evening.

Divers In the Well
The Ohio State diving squad will be competing at the championship with the 1-meter event on Thursday, the 3-meter event Friday and platform event Saturday. The Buckeye squad has lost the 3-meter board only once in the 10 dual meets they have competed in and has won the 1-meter board seven times. Julie Broms has won a total of 11 boards this season, four on the 1-meter and seven on the 3-meter. The Buckeyes have won both boards at six dual meets this season, including four in Big Ten action.

Live Scoring
A complete listing of qualifiers, scoring and results will be available on the women’s swimming and diving page under the schedules/results link at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

On the Small Screen
The 2005 Big Ten Championship will be televised by CSTV at 9:30 p.m Feb. 22. Jason Knapp and Mike O’Brien will host as play-by-play and analyst, respectively. CSTV will air the championships multiple times. Visit www.CSTV.com for dates and times.

2004 Big Ten Review
Last season, the Buckeyes concluded the 2004 Big Ten Championships in eighth place, scoring 196 points overall. The Buckeyes clocked in five NCAA `B’ qualifying marks during the competition and Nicole Maglich recorded a lifetime-best time in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Diver Julie Broms placed second on the 3-meter, missing first place by 14 points. Rebekah Rychvalsky recorded the highest finish for the Buckeyes, placing seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.11.

Season Review:
Buckeyes Defeated by Bobcats
The Ohio Bobcats defeated Ohio State Jan. 15, 157-143, in Athens after the Buckeyes were disqualified in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Buckeyes out-reached the Bobcats in seven of the 13 events, including victories in both diving events. Griet Buelens was one of two double-event winners for the Buckeyes, taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Gulsah Gunenc out-touched everyone in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:03.08. Nicole Maglich recorded two first-place finishes, one in the 100-yard freestyle (53.21). Maglich also out-raced the other competitors in the 500-yard freestyle by a time of 4:56.54. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Rebekah Rychvalsky reached the wall in 1:05.9. Anesa Beard stood out in the diving well, taking home two first-place finishes during the meet. She scored 235.95 on the 1-meter event and took the 3-meter with 291.23 points.

Indiana Slips by Ohio State
The Indiana Hoosiers managed to slip by the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team Jan. 8, winning the meet 130-111. The meet came down to the last event. Nicole Maglich won both the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events, clocking lifetime bests in each. In the 500-yard freestyle Maglich touched the wall in 4:55.48, while in the 1,000-yard freestyle she turned in a time of 10:04.82. Rebekah Rychvalsky dominated the 200-yard breaststroke, reaching the wall four seconds before any other swimmer. Her time was 2:21.12, a season best time. Griet Buelens won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.54. The Buckeye relay teams out-raced the Hoosiers, winning both the 400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Buckeye diver Julie Broms scored 315.23 points on the 3-meter board, placing first on the event.

Buckeyes Scorch Denver in Fla.
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Denver at the Florida Atlantic Invite Dec. 18 in Boca Raton, Fla. The meet was a quad-dual meet, with Florida Atlantic also playing host to Clemson and Denver. The Buckeyes only scored against Denver because the divers did not travel with the team. The Buckeyes defeated Denver 151-137.

Freshman Griet Buelens helped the Buckeyes in their victories winning both the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. Buelens also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.69. Sophomore Gulsah Gunenc won the 100-yard butterfly and finished second in the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley. Nicole Maglich placed second in the 50-, 500- and the 1,000-yard freestyle events. Rebekah Rychvalsky recorded second-place finishes in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Stephanie Fennell swam to a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke and a fourth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Buckeyes Shine at Miami Invite
Eight Buckeye swimmers traveled to Oxford, Ohio Dec. 3-5 to compete in the Miami Invitational and finished fifth of nine teams with a score of 716 points.

Freshman Griet Buelens recorded four Top-3 individual finishes, including two first-place finishes. She won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.08 and the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:54.87. Her other finishes included a second-place effort in the 200-yard freestyle and third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

The Buckeye relay teams finished in the Top 4 in all four events in which they competed. That included a win in the 400-yard medley relay. The women placed second in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay, along with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.40. Gulsah Gunenc placed third in the 400-yard individual medley, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Nicole Maglich placed second in the 400-yard individual medley and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle. In the 100-yard backstroke, senior Katie Kolles and sophomore Stephanie Fennell placed third and fourth, respectively.

Ohio State Defeats Denison
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team remained unbeaten at home with a 169-93 win over Denison Nov. 19. Winning 13 of 14 events, the women dominated almost every race, only finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle by a tenth of a second.

During the meet the women had many multiple-event winners. Nicole Maglich and Griet Buelens each won three events. Maglich won the 200- and 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. Buelens won in the 200-yard butterfly and the 100- and 500-yard freestyle events.

The Buckeyes also had two double event winners in Gulsah Gunenc and Rebekah Rychvalsky. Gunenc took the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley and Rychvalsky took both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Stephanie Fennell won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.94, almost a second ahead of the second-place finisher.

Buckeyes Top Miami
The Buckeyes defeated Miami (Ohio) 148-95 Nov. 13 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The team won 11 of 13 events.

Freshman Griet Buelens won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle, scoring a season best times in both events. Nicole Maglich also won two individual events, taking both the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle events.

Other event winners for the meet included Linda Lund in the 50-yard freestyle, Rebekah Rychvalsky in the 100-yard breaststroke and Gulsah Gunenc took the 100-yard butterfly. Both Lund and Gunenc achieved season bests for the team with these times.

The Buckeye diving team took control in the diving well, sweeping the first three spots in the 1-meter and the first four spots in the 3-meter. Amber Simmons won the 1-meter event with a score of 272.02 while Julie Broms took the 3-meter with 311.78.

Buckeyes Fall to Reigning Big Ten Champs
The squad lost to Big Ten rival Michigan, 126-112, in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 12. The team recorded several season best times. Griet Buelens won the 200-yard butterfly and obtained an NCAA B time for the second meet in a row with a time of 2:01.52. Rebekah Rychvalsky won in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.58. In the diving well, Julie Broms won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events. In the 3-meter event, the Buckeyes swept the first three spots, with Broms in first, Anesa Beard in second and Amber Simmons in third.

Buckeyes Swim Past Bearcats
The women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 167-92 Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 11 of 14 events. Griet Buelens won the 100- and 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and was on the winning relay team for the 800-yard freestyle relay. Buelens also met the 200-yard butterfly NCAA B time with a finishing time of 2:01.76, only 1.76 seconds away from the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center record. Nicole Maglich won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, while Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke for the second meet in a row. Katie Kolles won the 100-yard backstroke for the second straight meet, and Gulsah Gunenc won in the 100-yard butterfly.

Buckeyes Win Every Event to Defeat The Falcons 206.5-93.5
Ohio State defeated Bowling Green 206.5-93.5 by winning every event in its season opener. The diving squad swept both the 1- and 3-meter events. Four Buckeyes were multiple-event winners. Nicole Maglich won the 100- and 1,000-yard freestyle and had the fastest split time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Also winning two events was Linda Lund taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly while Griet Buelens took wins in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Other event winners in the meet were Katie Kolles, Samantha Johnson, Stephanie Fennell, Gulsah Gunenc, Ashley Bourland, and Anesa Beard.

Coach Jeanne Fleck
Head women’s swimming coach Jeanne Fleck is in her sixth season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s swimming program. She has become accustomed to her teams displaying excellence in the water and in the classroom throughout her coaching career.

Fleck has geared the Buckeyes to one school record and two pool records while getting her student-athletes to set personal bests almost every week. The Buckeyes had the highest grade point average in the Big Ten conference and was ranked ninth in the country during fall quarter last year. In five seasons, Fleck has had 25 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 57 OSU Scholar-Athletes.

About Coach Panzano
Vince Panzano is in his 27th year as coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, ten NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 43 Big Ten champions and 66 NCAA All-Americans.

Up Next
Divers who obtain zone dives will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., March 11-13 for NCAA Diving Regional Qualifiers. Qualified divers and swimmers then will travel to the 2005 NCAA Championships, also in West Layfayette, Ind., March 17-19.