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Nov. 15, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team returns home to take on the Toledo Rockets in its only coed dual meet of the season, at 5 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes enter the meet with a 2-1 record with wins against conference rivals Illinois and Michigan State. Ohio State and Toledo will make history this weekend, as the two teams have never faced one another in a dual-meet competition.

Buckeyes Split Wins
Ohio State fell to No. 10 Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday Nov. 10, 138-99. The Buckeyes won three events, sweeping the first three places on the 3-meter springboard. Julie Broms picked up her second win for the season in the event. Griet Buelens also recorded a win for the team when she swam a lifetime best time of 10:04.55 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

The Buckeyes bounced back from their loss to overtake Michigan State, 153-90, Saturday winning 11 of the 13 events. Diver Julie Broms extended her undefeated record on the 3-meter to 3-0 for the year. Swimmers Annie Rennebohm and Farriss Blaskovits each claimed their first collegiate Big Ten win. Gulsah Gunenc, Griet Buelens and Elaine Chan were responsible for the team’s remaining individual wins. A Look at Toledo
As head swimming coach at Toledo for just two seasons, Lars Jorgenson has greatly improved the women’s swimming program. During his short stint as the coach, Jorgenson has produced two All-Mid American Conference first-team swimmers and six MAC second team selections. He also guided the team to 14 school records. Last season, the Rockets jumped three places in the MAC to finish fifth.

The Rockets enter the meet coming off of a win against the University of Buffalo, 157-137, improving their record to 3-2. Toledo won 10 events at the competition to end its two-meet losing streak. This weekend will end the women’s dual-meet season until after the New Year.

Making the Cut
Griet Buelens and Gulsah Gunenc are already one step closer to competing at the 2007 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Both women recorded NCAA `B’ cuts in the 200-yard butterfly at Ohio State’s intra-squad meet. Buelens swam a time of 2:01.79 while Gunenc finished in 2:01.85. Gunenc further secured her spot at the championship meet when she lowered her time by two-tenths to post a winning time 2:01.65 in the dual-meet against Illinois.

Several swimmers already have recorded personal best times despite being in just the third week of competition. Freshman Haley Mitchell opened her collegiate career with a best time of 10:14.72 in the 1,000-yard freestyle at the Scarlet and Gray meet. Buelens claimed a win for the Buckeyes in the same event at Michigan when she stopped the clock in her best time of 10:04.55.

Looking Back
Ohio State opened its season with a conference dual-meet win against Illinois, 157-143, Nov. 4. The Buckeyes took seven of the 14 events swum, as well as sweeping both the 1- and 3-meter diving events. Gulsah Gunenc claimed two wins in both butterfly events, while junior Griet Buelens placed second in two freestyle events and first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:56.65). The remaining three individual wins came from freshmen Haley Mithcell, Megan Alexander and Jill Lockhart. Chelsea Davis and Julie Broms were each responsible for wins in diving.

Up Next
The meet against Toledo marks the end of the Buckeye’s fall dual-meet season. The women will break for the Thanksgiving week before returning to host several teams from around the country in the second annual Ohio State Invitational, Dec. 1-3. Teams attending include South Carolina, Arkansas, Iowa, Bowling Green and Denver.

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