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Feb. 22, 2004

The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team concluded the 2004 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in eighth place Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn., with five Buckeyes reaching NCAA B qualifying times and four freshmen divers earning top marks. The Buckeyes improved one spot from their ninth-place finish at the conference meet last year. Michigan traded the lead several times with Penn State, but pushed ahead for the championship title in the last two events.

Reaching the first NCAA B qualifying time for the Buckeyes, Stephanie Raezer (Sr., Newark, Del./Glasgow) placed 17th in the 500-yard freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 4:53.45. Deanna Strunk (So., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) picked up the momentum in the third day of competition with a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with another NCAA B qualifying time of 4:20.56, while Raezer finished in 15th with a time of 4:27.25. Rebekah Rychvalsky (Fr., Sydney, Australia/Castle Hill) closed the third day with a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:04.11.

In the Buckeyes strongest day of competition, three Buckeyes earned NCAA B qualifying times to conclude the meet and saw two Buckeyes finish in the A-final of the 200-yard butterfly. Nicole Maglich (So., Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) led in the first event of the day with a 16th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Maglich reached the NCAA B qualifying time with her season-best time of 16:50.22 in the event. Rychvalsky returned to the pool in the 200-yard breaststroke and finished in 14th place with an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:18.26.

Gulsah Gunenc (Fr., Edirne, Turkey/Edirne Anatolian) and Maglich earned their best performances of the seasion in the 200-yard butterfly, with Gunenc taking sixth place with an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:00.86 and Maglich finishing in eighth place with a time of 2:05.56.

Continuing the Buckeye tradition of excellence in the diving well and showing the strongest freshmen appearance in the Big Ten, the diving squad added a total of 87 points to the Buckeye final score. Julie Broms (Fr., Springfield, Ill./North Central [Ind.]) earned a second-place finish in the 3-meter dive with 530.65 points, missing first place by less than 14 points. Ashley Bourland (Fr., Conroe, Texas/Montgomery) and Anesa Beard (Fr., Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) also finished in 10th and 11th place in the 3-meter dive, with the diving squad adding 30 points to the Buckeye score from the 3-meter dive.

In the 1-meter dive, Amber Simmons (Fr., Sparks, Md./Hereford) finished third, respectively, with 287.75 points and was closely followed by Broms in fourth place with 283.40 points. Bourland returned on the last day of competition to place fifth in the platform five with a score of 385.25, while Broms, Simmons and Beard earned 12th-, 14th- and 16h-place finishes in the 1-meter dive as well. Carrie McCambridge of Purdue won all-three diving events at the conference meet and earned the Boilermakers their first Big Ten diving championship titles.

The five Buckeyes who posted NCAA consideration times now will wait to see if they are selected to compete in the 2004 NCAA Championships, March 18-20 in College Station, Texas. All of the freshmen divers travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the NCAA Zone C diving meet March 12-14 at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Final Team Standings: 1. Michigan 604.5 2. Penn State 590.5 3. Indiana 563.5 4. Wisconsin 503 5. Minnesota 412.5 6. Purdue 337.5 7. Northwestern 222 8. Ohio State 196 9. Iowa 152 10. Michigan State 123 11. Illinois 107.5

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 (Wis.) 1st 4:42.64 Stephanie Raezer (OSU) 17th 4:53.45 200 Individual Medley Beth Pendleton (Wis.) 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 (Wis.) 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 1,650 Freestyle Carly Piper (Wis.) 1st 16.06.90 Nicole Maglich (OSU) 16th 16:50.22 200 Backstroke Susan Johnson (Wis.) 1st 1:55.93 Stephanie Fennell (OSU) 17th 2:02.77 100 Freestyle Amy McCullough (Mich.) 1st 49.34 Katie Severson (OSU) 28th 51.55 200 Breaststroke Amalia Sarnecki (Wis.) 1st 2:12.37 Rebekah Rychvalsky (OSU) 14th 2:18.26 200 Butterfly Amberle Biedermann (PSU) 1st 1:57.87 Gulsah Gunenc (OSU) 6th 2:00.86 Nicole Maglich (OSU) 8th 2:05.56 400 Freestyle Relay Michigan 1st 3:18.95 Ohio State 11th 3:30.02

Event Diver Place Score 1-Meter Dive Carrie 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 Platform Dive Carrie McCambridge (Purdue) 1st 413.50 Ashley Bourland (OSU) 5th 385.25 Julie Broms (OSU) 12th 323.10 Amber Simmons (OSU) 14th 309.40 Anesa Beard (OSU) 15th 302.50