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Feb. 20, 2004

The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team concluded the third day of competition in eighth place at the 2004 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The diving squad had another day of top finishes, while Ohio State’s second swimmer reached an NCAA B qualifying time. Indiana currently leads the conference meet with 417.50 points.

Freshman Julie Broms continued the Buckeye tradition of excellence in the diving well, placing second in the 3-meter dive with 530.65 points. At her first Big Ten conference meet, Broms was seeded No. 1 in the 3-meter dive and missed the first-place finish by less than 14 points. Freshmen Ashley Bourland and Anesa Beard finished in the semi-finals in 10th and 11th place, respectively, in the 3-meter dive, allowing the diving squad to add 30 points to the Buckeye score for the day.

Stephanie Raezer was the first Buckeye to reach an NCAA qualifying mark at the conference meet, placing 17th in the 500-yard freestyle with an NCAA B qualifying time of 4:53.45 in the second night of competition. In the third day of competition, Deanna Strunk earned a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with an NCAA B qualifying time of 4:53.45.

Rebekah Rychvalsky has had the highest swimming finish for the Buckeyes, placing seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:04.11. Raezer also swam in the B-final of the 400-yard individual medley and finished in 15th place with a time of 4:27.25.

The Buckeyes concluded the second night of competition in 10th place with 61 points, with Michigan leading with 213 points. Simmons and Broms earned the Buckeyes 33-points in the 1-meter dive, with Simmons taking third place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 287.75 and Broms taking fourth place with a score of 283.40. Ohio State was disqualified from the 200-yard medley relay, but earned a ninth place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a team season-best time of 7:24.82. The Buckeyes also finished in 11th place in the 200-yard freestyle with another season-best time of 1:35.02. “Deanna (Strunk) and Rebekah (Rychvalsky) had great swims tonight, along with our relay teams. Our divers were unbelievable and did a great job,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s swimming head coach, said. “Tomorrow is our strongest day and I expect to have the most student-athletes to score tomorrow.”

The Big Ten championships conclude Saturday evening at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Event Winner Place Time 200 Medley Relay Penn State 1st 1:39.22 Ohio State DQ 800 Freestyle Relay Michigan 1st 7:07.40 Ohio State 9th 7:24.82 200 Freestyle Relay Indiana 1st 1:30.45 Ohio State 11th 1:35.02 500 Freestyle Carly Piper (Wisc.) 1st 4:42.64 Stephanie Raezer (OSU) 17th 4:53.45 200 Individual Medley Beth Pendleton (Wisc.) 1st 1:58.25 Liz Osterer (OSU) 29th 2:08.01 50 Freestyle Meghan Medendorp (Ind.) 1st 22.59 Katie Severson (OSU) 30th 23.35

400 Individual Medley Beth Pendleton (Wisc.) 1st 4:08.02 Deanna Strunk (OSU) 9th 4:20.56 Stephanie Raezer (OSU) 15th 4:27.25 100 Butterfly Anne Weilbacher (Mich.) 1st 53.58 Gulsah Gunenc (OSU) 22nd 56.64 200 Freestyle Lindsey Smith (Mich.) 1st 1:46.42 100 Breaststroke Kristen Woodring (PSU) 1st 1:00.35 Rebekah Rychvalsky (OSU) 7th 1:04.11 100 Backstroke Sarah Haupt (PSU) 1st 54.01 Stephanie Fennell (OSU) 20th 57.47 400 Medley Relay Penn State 1st 3:36.56 Ohio State 9th 3:48.77

Event Diver Place Score 1-Meter Dive Cathy McCambridge (Purdue) 1st 321.80 Amber Simmons (OSU) 3rd 287.75 Julie Broms (OSU) 4th 283.40 3-Meter Dive Carrie McCambridge (Purdue) 1st 544.35 Julie Broms (OSU) 2nd 530.65 Ashley Bourland (OSU) 10th 438.60 Anesa Beard (OSU) 11th 429.70 Amber Simmons (OSU) 19th 394.60

Team Standings After 14 Events: 1. Indiana University 417.5 2. Penn State University 396.5 3. University of Michigan 396 4. University of Wisconsin 343 5. University of Minnesota 287 6. Purdue University 225 7. Northwestern University 137 8. The Ohio State University 132 9. University of Iowa 109 10. Michigan State University 90 11. University of Illinois 69