Feb. 22, 2003
Columbus, OH – Natalia Diea placed second in the platform dive, marking the Buckeyes’ best finish of the weekend as the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (7-6 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) finished strong at the 2003 Big Ten Championships, placing ninth overall. Indiana won the conference championship with a final score of 595, ahead of Wisconsin (561) and Penn State (509).
The finish is two places better than last season, when Ohio State finished 11th at the Big Ten meet. Overall at the 2003 championships, the Buckeyes marked 16 lifetime best times, three NCAA consideration qualifying times and six times that rank in the Top 5 in program history.
Diea and fellow senior diver Melanie Johnson (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympic Heights) stole the show for the Buckeyes at the 2003 Big Ten Championships. Johnson qualified for the finals in the 1- and 3-meter dive finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Diea qualified for all three diving finals, placing seventh in the 1-meter, fourth in the 3-meter and second in the platform. The three-time conference platform champion scored an impressive 504.70 the event, but was edged by Sara Hildrebrand of Indiana (506.10), who won all three diving events at the 2003 championships.
In swimming, Stephanie Raezer (Jr., Newark, Del., Glasgow) capped off a high-quality performance at the conference meet with her third Top 15 finish of the championships. Raezer marked her second NCAA consideration time of the weekend with a time of 16:49.91 in the 1,650 freestyle, placing her 11th overall in the event. This followed two strong performances earlier in the weekend. On Thursday, Raezer posted her first NCAA consideration time (4:53.49) with a 14th place finish in the 500 free. She followed Friday by setting a personal best of 4:22.88 while placing 11th in the 400 individual medley.
Deanna Strunk (Fr., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) led the team in swimming yet again with a strong final day as well. On Saturday, Strunk placed 16th in the preliminary heat of the 200 butterfly, placing her in the consolation finals. In the B-final, Strunk set her second lifetime best of the weekend, in the form of a 12th-place finish in the event. The time of 2:03.57 is the 11th best in Buckeye swimming history. Strunk’s best performance came Friday, however, when she placed 10th in the 400 IM with a new career best and NCAA consideration time of 4:21.02. The time ranks fourth in program history.
Other highlights from competition Saturday included the 100 free, where six Buckeyes set lifetime bests. Katie Severson (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) led this group, touching the wall at 51.39, a time that ranks fourth in program history. Also setting personal bests in the 100 free were Kristina Lipskis (So., St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles) at 53.33, Linsday Goodson (Jr., San Ramon, Calif./Carondelet) at 53.78, Lindsey Smith (Fr., Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming) at 53.94, Ashley Routson (So., Montgomery, N.Y./Valley Central) at 54.34 and Nicole Hamilton (Sr., Canton, Ohio/GlenOak), who set a career best of 55.43 in her final meet as a Buckeye.
Marianne Sharp (Fr., Louisville, Ky./Assumption) also set a career best on Saturday. The time of 2:30.28 in the 200 breaststroke was her second lifetime best set over the course of the weekend.
After posting NCAA consideration times, Strunk and Raezer now will wait to see if they are selected to compete in the 2003 NCAA Championships, March 20-22 in Auburn Ala. Meanwhile, divers Diea, Johnson and Jillian Cicione (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas) will travel to Oxford, Ohio, March 14-15, for NCAA zone qualifying, where they will compete for a spot at the 2003 national championships.
2003 Big Ten Championships – Final Event Summary Event Winner Time Top Buckeye Finisher(s) Place Best Time 200 Medley Relay Penn State 1:39.41 Treleaven, Raezer 11th 1:46.04* Strunk, Severson 800 Freestyle Relay Wisconsin 7:07.30 Raezer, Lancken 11th 7:36.48* Grantstein, Goodson 200 Freestyle Relay Wisconsin 1:30.36 Severson, Kolles, 11th 1:36.32 Routson, Barnes 500 Freestyle Carly Piper (UW) 4:41.58 Stephanie Raezer 14th 4:53.49*^ 200 IM Sara Johnson (Mich.) 2:00.55 Deanna Strunk 21st 2:05.37* 50 Freestyle Jennifer Lyman (UW) 22.80 Katie Severson 20th 24.53#* 400 Medley Relay Penn State 3:36.39 Treleaven, Raezer, 10th 3:56.24* Lancken, Severson 400 IM B. Taflinger (Ind.) 4:12.43 Deanna Strunk 10th 4:21.02*#^ 100 Butterfly A. Biedermann (PSU) 53.54 Erin Greene 39th 59.21 200 Freestyle Carly Piper (UW) 1:46.05 Katie Severson 29th 1:53.03 100 Breaststroke Linsday Lange (PU) 1:00.47 Marianne Sharp 37th 1:08.59# 100 Backstroke Sarah Haupt (PSU) 53.44 Amanda Treleaven 30th 58.91 1,650 Freestyle Carly Piper (UW) 16:02.61 Stephanie Raezer 11th 16:49.91*^ 200 Backstroke Sarah McCauley (UW) 1:58.06 Amanda Treleaven 28th 2:08.02 100 Freestyle Jennifer Lyman (UW) 49.64 Katie Severson 22nd 51.39*# 200 Breaststroke Keri Hehn (Minn.) 2:13.72 Marianne Sharp 41st 2:30.28 200 Butterrfly A. Biedermann (PSU) 1:58.08 Deanna Strunk 12th 2:03.57*# 400 Freestyle Relay Wisconsin 3:18.42 Severson, Lipskis 11th 3:31.01* Goodson, Grantstein
Event Winner Score Top Buckeye Finisher(s) Place Score 1-meter Sara Hildebrand (Ind.) 318.50 Melanie Johnson 5th 282.10 3-meter Sara Hildebrand (Ind.) 594.65 Natalia Diea 4th 552.25 Platform Sara Hildebrand (Ind.) 506.10 Natalia Diea 2nd 504.70
*-Ohio State team season’s best #-Career Best ^-NCAA Consideration Time
2003 Big Ten Championships – Final Standings 1. Indiana 595 2. Wisconsin 561 3. Penn State 509 4. Michigan 460 5. Purdue 403 6. Minnesota 400 7. Northwestern 265 8. Iowa 227 9. Ohio State 172 10. Illinois 146 11. Michigan State 129