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Feb. 5, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team concludes its dual-meet season Sunday against Tennessee at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Graduating Buckeyes will be recognized at the meet and festivities are planned around “Pack the Pool” day. The Buckeyes return from a Big Ten victory over Michigan State last weekend and enter the their first-ever match-up with the Lady Volunteers 9-4 on the year.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE
Posting a 3-2 overall record, Tennessee closes out its dual-meet season Sunday at Ohio State. The Lady Volunteers defeated Kentucky (139-85), Northwestern (207-144) and Arkansas (170-130), and have lost to No. 1 Auburn (194-101) and No. 2 Florida (129-103).

Megan Tomes, sibling of Buckeye men’s swimmer Marty Tomes, has earned several first place finishes for the Lady Volunteers in her freshman campaign. At the Florida meet Jan. 31, Tomes won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:49.45.

Lauryn McCalley, who placed fifth at the NCAA championships in the 1-meter dive last season, has continued to post wins for Tennessee. Most recently, McCalley earned SEC Diver of the Week recognition for her performance at the Florida meet. McCalley scored a season-high of 300.97 in the 1-meter dive and 321.52 in the 3-meter dive.

SENIORS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT LAST DUAL-MEET
Lindsay Goodson, Stephanie Raezer and Katie Severson will be recognized as they participate in their last dual-meet at Ohio State.

Goodson, a native of San Ramon, Calif., has contributed to the freestyle events for the Buckeyes this season, posting two first-place finishes and one second-place finish in dual-meet competition. Goodson has represented the Buckeyes 10 times so far this season.

As a Buckeye, Goodson earned the team’s Most Inspirational Award, set season- and lifetime-best times several times at the conference meet, and was named an OSU Scholar-Athlete her freshman, sophomore and junior year.

Raezer, a native of Newark, Del., won the 1,000-yard freestyle relay three times and placed second in the 500-yard freestyle twice. Her time at the Auburn Invitational (Dec. 4-6) of 16:50.32 in the 1,650-yard freestyle reached the NCAA B qualifying mark and set the team’s season-best time. Raezer has represented the Buckeyes in 28 events so far this season.

Finishing 11th in both the 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle and 14th in the 500-yard freestyle at the conference meet, Raezer was voted Most Valuable Swimmer her junior year. Also setting season-best times at the Big Ten championships her freshman and sophomore year, Raezer has been named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Severson, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, leads the in the sprint freestyle events, posting eight first-place finishes in freestyle events and six overall second place finishes in the pool.

Severson finished 20th and 22nd, respectively, in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at the Big Ten championships last season, setting lifetime-best times in both events. Severson broke the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center record in the 800-yard freestyle relay in her sophomore year and placed 15th in the 100-yard freestyle at the conference meet her freshman year. Also dubbed the team’s Newcomer of the Year after her freshman season, Severson has been named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Along with recognizing Severson, Raezer and Goodson, Sunday’s meet is “Pack the Pool” day for Ohio State women’s swimming and diving. The athletic band, along with Brutus Buckeye and the Ohio State cheerleaders will be present at the meet. The first 100 Ohio State fans will receive a prize at the beginning of the meet and fans also will be able to get student-athlete autographs at a post-meet autograph session.

BUCKEYES MAKE COME-BACK OVER MICHIGAN STATE 152-147, LOSE TO NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 194-105
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team earned its second Big Ten win of the season Jan. 30, coming back from a 28-point deficit for the win against Michigan State, 152-147. The Buckeyes also lost to No. 20 Notre Dame, 194-105, in the double-dual meet in East Lansing, Mich.

Trailing behind the Spartans midway through the meet, Ohio State came back with wins against Michigan State in the last six individual events. Deanna Strunk placed third in the 200-yard backstroke behind two swimmers from Notre Dame with a time of 2:07.42. The Buckeyes took first-, second- and third-place points over the Spartans. In the next event, Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.49, followed by a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle by Stephanie Raezer with a time of 5:03.40.

Gulsah Gunenc won the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 57.23, leaving Ohio State needing a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard individual medley for the win over Michigan State. Strunk narrowly missed the win over Notre Dame by 15 one-hundredths of a second with a time of 2:08.16, but got the first-place finish in scoring against the Spartans, with Gunenc and Liz Osterer taking second- and third-place for the meet win.

Raezer dominated the distance freestyle events, also winning the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:15.09, while Rychvalsky and Gunenc were touched out for first place in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly.

Julie Broms continues her streak over Big Ten teams in the diving well, placing second to Notre Dame in both events. Ohio State earned first-, second- and third-place points against Michigan State in both the 1- and 3-meter dives.

“We needed the 1-2-3 win in the 200-yard individual medley to win the meet and we got it,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s head swimming coach, said. “Its important to get that win during this time in the season.”

OHIO STATE DEFEAT IOWA 225.5-126.5, NARROWLY FALL TO ILLINOIS 178.5-174.5
Posting its first Big Ten victory of the season, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Iowa 225.5-126.5, while losing to Illinois 178.5-174.5 Saturday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The Buckeyes exchanged the lead several times with the Fighting Illini, entering the last event ahead by five points.

Entering the last event, the Buckeyes led 214-165 over Iowa and held first place with five points over Illinois. The Buckeyes swam head-to-head with the Illini for first place in the final event, missing the win by 67 one-hundredths of one second and taking second-place with a time of 1:36.67 in the 200-yard freestyle medley.

At the beginning of the meet, the Buckeyes placed second in the 200-yard medley relay and Deanna Strunk missed second-place in the 1,000-yard freestyle by four one-hundredths of one second with a time of 10:16.09. Strunk came back two events later to place second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.24, after which Rebekah Rychvalsky also placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.32. The Buckeyes earned a 1-2-4 finish in the 200-yard butterfly, with Gulsah Gunenc winning with a time of 2:04.00, while Katie Severson pushed ahead of Illinois’ Barbie Viney in the 50-yard freestyle and won with a time of 24.38.

The meet was split into two sessions. After 11 events, the Buckeyes led at the end of the first session 104-101 over Illinois and 123-81 over Iowa.

Starting the second session strong, Ohio State placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a season-best time of 3:30.02 and second in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:51.24. Nicole Maglich won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:57.61, with Stephanie Raezer and Lindsay Goodson adding points with third- and fifth-place finishes. Kylie Lancken tied for first in the 200-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 2:04.44, with Steph Fennell backing her in third place. Rychvalsky finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.50, while Severson narrowly missed first place by less than one second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.92 and Gunenc led in the 2-4-5 Buckeye finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.65.

The Buckeyes had a 1-3-5 finish in the 400-yard individual medley, with Strunk winning with a time of 4:24.41. Strunk returned to the pool for the last individual event for a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley.

The diving squad took first through third place in both diving events, adding 34 points to the Buckeye total. Amber Simmons won the 1-meter dive with a season-best score of 302.40 and Julie Broms won the 3-meter dive with a season-best score of 333.40. Anesa Beard placed third in the 1-meter with a score of 267.65, allowing her to join Broms and Simmons on the list of NCAA diving qualifiers for the season in the 1-meter dive.

“Everybody played a part and came back strong for the second session,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s head swimming coach, said. “It was great to try a double-session meet and everyone ended up doing a great job.”

BUCKEYES SWEEP ALL 13 EVENTS, DEFEAT AKRON 187-113 JAN. 16
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Akron 187-113 Jan. 16, winning 13 of 16 events and taking both first and second place in five events. The diving squad also continued its undefeated streak in the 3-meter dive.

Five Buckeyes were double-event winners, with Nicole Maglich winning the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:27.90 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:06.23. Kylie Lancken won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events with times of 1:54.59 and 5:06.48. Lindsay Goodson followed closely behind Lancken in the 500-yard freestyle for the 1-2 win, finishing with a time of 5:06.72.

Rebekah Rychvalsky also was a double-event winner, dominating the breaststroke with a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.15 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.40. Gulsah Gunenc also added two wins, placing first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:03.80 and the 200-yard individual medley with at time of 2:09.77.

The relay events were both won in season-best times, with Ohio State finishing the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.57 and the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:37.39.

Julie Broms and Amber Simmons continue to make their presence felt in the diving well. Broms won the 1-meter dive with a score of 255.00 and was followed closely by Simmons with 246.98 points. Broms also won the 3-meter dive with a season-best score of 306.00 points, continuing the squad’s undefeated streak in the 3-meter dive for the season.

“We decided to move a lot of people around and had people swimming different events,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s head swimming coach, said. “We were able to work on some race strategy and had a great meet which will get us ready for next week.”

BUCKEYES DEFEAT S. ILLINOIS, 186-57, FALL TO INDIANA, 175-67
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Southern Illinois 186-57 Jan. 10, while taking its second Big Ten loss of the year, falling to Indiana, 175-67. The Buckeyes placed first in two events and saw several underclassman set personal season-best times.

Kylie Lancken won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:05.11, along with having a close swim in the 200-yard freestyle event. Julie Broms won Ohio State’s only other event, scoring 286.80 points in the 3-meter dive.

Rebekah Rychvalsky was touched out for the win in the 200-yard breaststroke, missing first place by 32-hundredths of a second with at time of 2:19.02, along with Amber Simmons coming in a close second with 234.75 points in the 1-meter dive. The diving squad has given up a first-place finish in only one diving event so far this season.

“We had some really good swims and a lot of personal best times,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s head swimming coach, said. “Kylie (Lancken) and Rebekah (Rychvalsky) did a great job and just swam solid. Our younger swimmers are also starting to step up, which is great to see at the beginning of the quarter.”

OHIO STATE DOMINATES OHIO, 171-72
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team swept all 13 events to defeat Ohio 171-72 Jan. 3 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, improving its dual-meet record to 5-1. Three Buckeyes were double-event winners, along with sweeping first, second and third place in two events.

Katie Severson won both the 50-yard freestyle with a season best time of 24.47 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.36. Nicole Maglich won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:19.64 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.62. Also a double-event winner, Deanna Strunk won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.74 and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:09.54.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Katie Kolles and Ashley Barnes backed Severson in the 1-2-3 finish, along with Rebekah Rychvalsky leading Liz Osterer and Stephanie Raezer in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Julie Broms took home her eighth first-place finish of the season in the 3-meter dive and Ashley Bourland placed first in the 1-meter dive. The diving squad swept first through fourth places in both events.

BUCKEYES COMPETE AT AUBURN
Ohio State walked away with nine season best times and one NCAA B qualifying mark after three days of competition at the Auburn Invitational Dec. 4-6.

Improving her season best time by 32 seconds and making the NCAA B qualifying mark, Stephanie Raezer swam the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 16:50.32. Dominating the freestyle events, Nicole Maglich set two season best times and one lifetime best time, along with joining the 400- and 800-yard medley relay team. Maglich swam the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime best time of 1:51.68, the 500-freestyle in a time of 4:56.20 and the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 52.81.

Rebekah Rychvalsky, Deanna Strunk and Kylie Lancken also teamed up with Maglich in the relay events, setting season best times in the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 3:51.24 and in the 800-yard freestyle with a time of 7:34.30.

Strunk narrowly missed the NCAA B qualifying mark in the 200-yard butterfly, placing third in a time of 2:02.88, along with setting a season best time in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.49. Lancken also matched the current season best time in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.47.

LANCKEN MEETS AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIAL CUT TIMES
Kylie Lancken’s long-course meter results in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the Auburn Invitational Dec. 4-6 were Australian Olympic trial cut times. Lancken will be able to return to Australia later this year to try to qualify in those events for the Australian national team.

GUNENC SETS TWO TURKISH NATIONAL RECORDS
Gulsah Gunenc set national records in both the 50- and 100-meter butterfly for her native Turkey at the European Championships in short-course meters in Dublin, Ireland Dec. 12. Swim Ireland hosted the event in which 38 other countries participated.

Gunenc swam the 50-meter butterfly in a time of 28.91 and the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 1:02.27, placing in 42nd and 38th place in the events overall. Both times are new Turkish national swimming records. Also participating in the 200-meter butterfly, Gunenc finished in 28th place with a time of 2:16.80. All events were in short-course meters.

RYCHVALSKY SETS POOL RECORD
Breaking a pool record set by Michigan at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in 1994, Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 200-yard breaststroke with an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:18.79 against Michigan Nov. 14. This was Rychvalsky’s third consecutive first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke this season. Rychvalsky also won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:04.16.

BUCKEYES CONCLUDE FALL 4-1
The Buckeyes finished the fall season with a 4-1record, defeating Bowling Green 134-99, Louisville 171-62, West Virginia 169.5-65.5 and Cleveland State 147-81. The squad’s only setback came from in a narrow defeat to Michigan 153.5-146.5.

CLEVELAND STATE
At the Cleveland State meet Nov. 25, the Buckeyes swept all 13 events and brought their record its current 4-1. Improving the season best time she set against Michigan, Nicole Maglich won the 100-yard freestyle and joined Katie Kolles, Ashley Barnes and Kristina Lipskis to set a season best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Both double event winners, Deanna Strunk won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke and Stephanie Raezer won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Freshman Julie Broms continued her streak at Ohio State, staying undefeated in the 1-meter dive and placing first in all but one of the 3-meter dives this season. Broms won the 1-meter dive with a score of 182.20 and the 3-meter dive with 193.25.

NORTHWESTERN INVITATIONAL
The women’s diving squad is currently undefeated in all diving events for the season.

At the Northwestern Invite Nov. 21-22, Deanna Strunk led the Buckeyes with a first-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley and set a lifetime best in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.73.

Nicole Maglich set a lifetime and season best time, placing second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:52.29. Kylie Lancken also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke.

MICHIGAN
In the most suspenseful meet of the season, the Buckeyes opened Big Ten competition against Michigan Nov. 14 and were narrowly defeated by a seven-point margin. Both Ohio State and Michigan exchanged the lead several times and the Buckeyes entered the final event ahead of the Wolverines.

With Michigan leading by three points going into the next to last event, Deanna Strunk took an early lead in the 400-yard individual medley and placed first. Liz Osterer and Stephanie Raezer took third and fourth, scoring a total of 14 points in the event to put the Buckeyes ahead 144.5-138.5. Head coach Jeanne Fleck immediately switched up her relay teams, spreading her talent in hopes of taking at least second and third place in the 400-yard freestyle relay to maintain the point lead.

Ohio State finished only three seconds behind Michigan to take third and fourth place, giving up the dual meet win by seven points.

Gulsah Gunenc took her third consecutive win in the 200-yard butterfly and freshman Julie Broms also continued her success with the Buckeyes, placing first in both the 1-meter dive with a score of 281.70 and the 3-meter dive with a score of 293.63, both NCAA zone diving qualifying marks.

LOUISVILLE AND WEST VIRGINIA
At the first home meet Nov. 7, the squad earned its second and third win against Louisville, 171-62, and West Virginia, 169.5-65.5, sweeping all of the events. Nicole Maglich brought in two wins, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle and in the 500-yard freestyle. Deanna Strunk also won two events, taking first-place in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke.

The squad placed first, second and third in the 200-yard breaststroke, with Rebekah Rychvalsky placing first in the 200-yard breaststroke, followed closely by Stephanie Raezer in second place and Liz Osterer in third. This was the first time in head coach Jeanne Fleck’s tenure at Ohio State that the squad took first, second and third in an event.

Kylie Lancken won the 50-yard freestyle and Katie Severson won the 100-yard freestyle, along with Stephanie Raezer setting an impressive season best in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Gulsah Gunenc also won the 200-yard butterfly, a streak she would continue against Michigan. The Buckeyes placed first in the 400-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. Julie Broms won the 1- and 3-meter dives.

BOWLING GREEN
The Buckeyes defeated Bowling Green in the season opener, with Nicole Maglich placing first in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle and Ashley Barnes and Katie Severson taking the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Kylie Lancken won both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke, with Gulsah Gunenc taking the 200-yard butterfly.

Julie Broms earned her first Buckeye win at the Bowling Green meet in the 1-meter dive. Anesa Beard also took her first Buckeye win at the Bowling Green meet, scoring 234.45 points in the 3-meter dive.

ABOUT COACH FLECK
Head coach Jeanne Fleck enters her fifth year with the Buckeyes, one garnered with 25 All-Big Ten selections and 41 OSU Scholar-Athletes. Fleck lost no Big Ten scorers last season and has recruited nationally and internationally ranked freshman to the team this season.

Before taking over the Ohio State program prior to the 1999 season, Fleck was both the women and men’s head coach at Northern Illinois for eight years. In her final season at NIU, Fleck was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the year after she led her women’s and men’s teams to third- and fifth-place finishes, respectively.

ABOUT COACH PANZANO
With his top diver taking home the NCAA platform diving championship for the first time in school history last year, head diving coach Vince Panzano looks to move into his 26th year at Ohio State building on that success.

In his 29 years of coaching, Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medallists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 42 Big Ten champions and 65 All-Americans.

Panzano has been awarded the “Mike Peppe Award” twice and has been selected Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year seven times. Along with three NCAA Diving Coach of the Year titles, Panzano was also inducted into the Ohio State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes prepare for the Big Ten Championships Feb. 18-21 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the University Aquatic Center.