Athletes of the Week
Alayna Markwordt, a freshman on the women’s lacrosse team, has been named WomensLacrosse.com’s Rookie of the Week announced March 9. The midfielder tallied a career and program-best 11 points on six goals and five assists in the Buckeyes’ 22-12 upset of No. 18 Johns Hopkins last Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
With 11 points, Markwordt tied the Ohio State program record for points in a single game, joining Mara Simpson (1996-99) who set the mark in 1996 and Kristen Slahor (2005-08) who hit the mark a season ago. The rookie’s six goals in a single game ranks her second on the Ohio State all-time list, becoming the 10th student-athlete to do so.
Corey Elkins, a senior forward on the men’s hockey team, had a hat trick and four-point game in the Buckeyes’ 7-1 victory over Bowling Green in the OSU Ice Rink March 7 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament. He had a goal and an assist in the 5-4 win in the series opener for a team-best and league-high six-point weekend.
Elkins’ four-point game was a career high. It was his second-career hat trick and first since Nov. 17, 2006, also against Bowling Green. The Michigan native now leads the team with 40 points (including 18 goals), the first 40-point year for a Buckeye since Tom Fritsche had 45 and Rod Pelley had 41 in 2004-05. Elkins is on a five-game scoring streak, with 7-4-11 over the stretch.
Athletics Good Stuff
No. 30 Baseball (9-2)
Head coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State lost the lead in the seventh inning and ultimately the game as Rhode Island relief pitching was flawless in the Rams’ 8-6 win over the Buckeyes at Chain of Lakes Field in Winter Haven, Fla., March 6. Drew Rucinski pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowed two runs off five hits, and took the loss to drop to 3-1 this season. Dan Burkhart had two hits, three RBI and a run scored to lead the Ohio State offense.
Michael Stephens’ four RBI led three Buckeyes with multiple RBIs and Michael Arp had three hits to lead Ohio State to an 11-8 win over Northeastern in the first of two games on the day March 7 in Winter Haven, Fla. Reliever Eric Best pitched 5.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season against no defeats. Ohio State built a 5-0 lead through three innings only to have the Huskies score five in the fourth to tie the score. While Best did his part by slowing down the Huskie offense, the Buckeyes continued to chip away with a run in the fourth to regain the lead and two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to build back a 10-5 advantage. Best, in relief of starter Ross Oltorik, who went 3.2 innings, finished the game for his longest outing as a Buckeye.
Ohio State lost its second game of the season, 10-7, to Maine in Winter Haven, Fla., March 7. Against the Black Bears, Ohio State built a 4-1 lead behind a four-run third inning. Matt Streng had an RBI triple, Zach Hurley followed with an RBI double and Justin Miller contributed an RBI double for the big hits of the inning. Another run in the fourth, on a Ryan Dew run-scoring single, extended the lead to 5-1. But like their loss to Rhode Island March 6, the Buckeyes could not hold onto the lead, or make enough of a comeback later on to reclaim the lead.
Ohio State pounded 19 hits, including two home runs, and defeated Central Michigan, 16-7, at Chain of Lakes Field to wrap up play in Winter Haven, Fla., March 8. Cory Kovanda led the Ohio State offense with a career-high tying four hits, while Burkhart, who is on an 11-game hitting streak and has 19 RBI on the season, and Arp had three hits apiece. Arp also scored three times. All nine Ohio State offensive starters had hits and all nine scored runs. Rucinski pitched 3.1 innings in relief to improve his record to 4-1 on the season.
Up Next: at West Palm Beach Tournament, March 13-15 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
at Spring Break Trip, March 20-22 in Winter Haven, Fla.
Men’s Basketball (20-9; 10-8 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
Evan Turner scored 22 points and dished out nine assists as Ohio State held off Iowa, 60-58, March 3 in Iowa City, to snap a three-game road losing streak. Jon Diebler added 12 points for the Buckeyes.
The Scarlet and Gray concluded the regular season with a 52-47 win over Northwestern at Value City Arena March 8. Turner poured in a team-high 17 points, the 15th time he has led the Buckeyes in scoring this season, and had a game-high five assists. Freshman William Buford had a career-high eight rebounds to go along with 11 points.
The win against the Wildcats was the 10th Big Ten win this season for the Buckeyes and also the 26th occasion that Ohio State has won 10 or more in league play. The Buckeyes have made the NCAA tournament 19 times when winning 10 or more games in the Big Ten.
Turner was selected a first-team member in District 7 of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District teams March 4. The NABC Division I All-District teams recognize the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are now eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams to be announced April 4.
Turner was named 2009 First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and media, the Big Ten Conference office announced March 9. Turner is the 47th Buckeye all-time to earn the award. The Buckeyes have had a first team member in each of the last four seasons.
Buford, a 6-5 guard from Toledo, Ohio, was selected as the conference freshman of the year. He led all league rookies with an average of 11.1 points a game, earning one player of the week award along the way. He finished third offensively among his Buckeye teammates and scored the second most field goals (124) and third most 3-pointers (38).
Ohio State has earned five Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors since it was first introduced by the league in 1986. Buford joins fellow Toledo native Jim Jackson (1990), Greg Simpson (1993), Michael Redd (1998) and Greg Oden (2007).
B.J. Mullens, a 7-1 center from Columbus, was tabbed the league’s sixth man of the year. He played in 29 games, starting two. He came off the bench to average 9.1 points a game while scoring on 65 percent of his field goals (111-172) to set an Ohio State freshman record for shooting accuracy. He lead the conference in both overall and league only (78-111/.703) shooting percentage this season. Mullens averaged 4.8 rebounds and blocked 33 shots, second on the team.
Diebler, a 6-7 guard from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, was selected honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. He averaged 11.2 points a game, second on the team, and knocked down 82 3-pointers, good for the No. 3 spot in a single season at Ohio State. line he led the team in shooting percentage making 37-of-40 charity tosses (92.5 pct.).
Up Next: vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten Tournament), 2:30 p.m. March 13 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Television: ESPN)
No. 9 Women’s Basketball (27-5; 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
The Buckeyes became Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions March 8 after defeating Purdue, 67-66, in the title game in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Jantel Lavender made one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left, giving Ohio State the victory over the third-seeded Boilermakers. Lavender finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Samantha Prahalis preserved the win by making Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn miss the potential winning shot as the buzzer sounded.
Up Next: at NCAA Tournament, Time and Location TBA
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
The No. 3 Ohio State women’s fencing team positioned itself to receive the maximum six spots for the NCAA championships after an impressive first day at the Midwest Regional Qualifier at the RPAC in Columbus, March 7-8. Final spots for the championships will be announced March 10.
Sophomore Oksana Dmytruk took home top honors in women’s foil, while teammate Lindsay Knauer was the fourth-place finisher in foil. Both were a part of the 2007-08 NCAA Championship squad. Freshman Margarita Tschomakova sealed up an automatic bid to the championships, placing third in women’s sabre, while Falencia Miller and Emily Cheng took fifth and sixth, respectively. Junior Julia Tikhonova, who switched to epee at the beginning of the season, took fourth. Miriam Baranov finished eighth and Mary Pozydaev took ninth in epee.
On the men’s side, seniors Mike Momtselidze, Andras Horanyi and Jason Pryor were each spectacular in their final run at the Midwest Regional Qualifier. Momtselidze took his second-career first-place finish in men’s sabre, while Horanyi locked up his fourth appearance at the NCAA championships with his first-place finish in men’s foil. Pryor had a career-day, earning a second-place finish in men’s epee. Other Buckeyes of note included freshman Max Stearns, who was third in men’s sabre, and Dexter Wilde, who took fourth in men’s sabre. Colin Sutter was runner-up to Horanyi in men’s foil and 2008 Championship participant Ben Parkins took sixth in foil. Newcomer Igor Tolkachev took fourth in men’s epee, while Sean Harder finished seventh in the event.
Up Next: at NCAA championships, TBA March 22-25 in State College, Pa.
Head coach: Jim Tressel
The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced the names of 76 players and six coaches who comprise the 2009 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Among those are former Ohio State Buckeyes Dave Foley, Jim Otis and Chris Spielman.
Head coach: Jim Brown
Sophomore Bo Hoag continued his consistent play for Ohio State with his third-consecutive round of 73 to conclude the 54-hole General Jim Hackler Championship tied for third March 9 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Buckeyes took 10th at the event with a total of 912 (+48) after a third-round score of 303 on the par 72, 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach.
No. 8 Men’s Gymnastics (3-5; 1-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Miles Avery
In its second of three road duals vs. Top 7 opponents, Ohio State scored a 337.25 as it lost to third-ranked California (352.7) in Berkeley, Calif., March 6.
Highlighting the meet for Ohio State was the pommel horse squad which produced a 55.35 event total, just .60 point shy of the team’s season-high. This effort came from behind a second-place finish from redshirt freshman and Fremont, Calif., native Steven Spencer. Spencer scored a career-high 15.0. Ohio native’s Andy Saurber, a senior from Fairfield, and Ty Echard, a freshman from Lancaster, contributed a 14.05 (fourth) and 13.55 (fifth), respectively. Saurber’s mark set a season high for the 2009 NCAA pommel horse finalist.
Junior Shachar Tal tallied his second-consecutive career high on floor with a 14.95 to lead the Buckeyes with a third-place finish on the event. Classmate Justin Myers was fourth with a 14.8.
Up Next: at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. March 14 in Norman, Okla.
vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. March 21 in St. John Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
No. 17 Women’s Gymnastics (5-7; 1-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
Led by freshman Taylor Jones’ career-high tying 39.300 in the all-around, Ohio State defeated George Washington, 196.475-192.775, in St. John Arena March 7. The team score is the fourth-highest mark all-time at Ohio State and the top score in head coach Carey Fagan’s tenure.
Saturday marked the second all-around win for Jones in her rookie season. Freshman Casey Williamson won vault for the first time this season, scoring a career-high 9.875. Alyssa Meyer marked her final regular-season meet in St. John Arena by taking first on the uneven bars with a 9.825. Nicole Krauter continued her strong showings on beam by winning the event for the second time this season with a career-high 9.900. The Buckeyes wrapped up the meet on floor with Rebecca Best scoring a meet-high 9.925 to take first place.
Up Next: at Auburn, 8 p.m. March 13 in Auburn, Ala.
at Big Ten Championships, 3 p.m. March 21 in Champaign, Ill.
No. 14 Men’s Hockey (22-12-4; 13-10-4-3 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
Behind a hat trick and four-point game from senior Corey Elkins, Ohio State defeated Bowling Green, 7-1, in the OSU Ice Rink March 7 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament. Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 5-seed, will travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, next weekend for a best-of-three series with the No. 4-seed Nanooks.
The Buckeyes beat the Falcons, 5-4, in the series opener. Ohio State broke open a 2-all game with two goals in 2:14 in the third period and held on for the win in the first game of a CCHA tournament first-round series in the OSU Ice Rink March 6. Early in the third, the Falcons cut the lead to one just 34 seconds after Peter Boyd had put Ohio State up by two goals. Bowling Green then had the would-be game-tying goal disallowed at 12:16 because the net had moved before the puck crossed the line. Boyd regained the Buckeyes’ two-goal lead with a goal at 14:23 and Tommy Dee responded for the Falcons just 27 seconds later, but BG could get no closer.
Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Zac Dalpe were voted to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced March 9. Forward Ian Boots was an honorable mention choice. Ohio State, Michigan and Miami each placed two players on the team, with three defensemen selected because of ties.
Up Next: at Alaska (CCHA Tournament quarterfinals-Game 1), 7:05 p.m. in Fairbanks, Alaska
at Alaska (CCHA Tournament quarterfinals-Game 2), 7:05 p.m. in Fairbanks, Alaska
at Alaska (CCHA Tournament quarterfinals-Game 3 if necessary), 6:05 p.m. in Fairbanks, Alaska
Head coach: Jackie Barto
Eight Buckeyes were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced March 5. Five are repeat honorees Olivia Antognoli, Liana Bonanno, Rachel Davis, Megan Hostasek and Raelyn LaRocque while three are first-time selections. Named to the team for the third time are seniors Antognoli, Bonanno and Hostasek. Davis and LaRocque each earned their second honors. Sophomores Teal Bishop, Jenna Kilpatrick and Christina Mancuso were recognized for the first time.
Men’s Lacrosse (3-2)
Head coach: Nick Myers
Ohio State lost on the road to Penn State, 11-5, in State College, Pa., March 7 in a matchup of the two Big Ten schools who sponsor men’s lacrosse. With three points on a goal and two assists, senior Joel Dalgarno moved into third all-time with 104 goals, remains in third with 82 career assists and second with 186 points.
Ohio State held an early 2-1 lead before Penn State scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. The Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes, 4-1, in the third quarter to hold an 8-3 lead heading into the final stanza.
Dalgarno was named one of 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior Class Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
Up Next: vs. Robert Morris, 7 p.m. March 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
at UMBC, 1 p.m. March 21 in Baltimore, Md.
No. 18 Women’s Lacrosse (4-1; 1-0 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State won its 2009 American Lacrosse Conference opener, upsetting No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 22-12, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium March 7. It was the first win for Ohio State over a ranked team since 2007, when the Buckeyes defeated No. 8 Penn State 9-8.
Freshman Alayna Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists, tying the highest single-game scoring total in Ohio State records. Senior Kristen Gilwee recorded 19 saves in goal against the Blue Jays, the fifth-best effort in OSU history.
Kelly Haggerty had seven points for the Buckeyes on four goals and three assists, while Maghan Beaudrault tallied five (four goals, one assist) and Rachel Hawes (2 goals, two assists) added four. Ohio State also received goals from Jayme Beard (3), Gabby Capuzzi (2) and Lauren Sterner.
Up Next: vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m. March 11 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
at Louisville, 1 p.m. March 14 in Louisville, Ky.
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
Ohio State completed the regular season with wins over Purdue and Akron in the open events March 7 at Converse Hall on the Ohio State campus. The Buckeyes posted a 4,519 three-gun aggregate score to 4,163 for Purdue and 3,438 for Akron. OSU finished first in all three open events. The Buckeyes scored a 965 in the free pistol event with Purdue scoring 863 and Akron 592. In standard pistol, Ohio State posted a 2,099 with Purdue recording a 1,975 and Akron, a 1,577. The Buckeyes scored a 1,455 in air pistol to Purdue’s 1,325 and Akron’s 1,269.
Individually, Kelsey Imig, Seth Berglee and Erin Meadows combined to win all five events. Imig won the standard pistol with a 534 and women’s air pistol with a 363. Berglee posted wins in open free pistol with a 261 and in open air pistol with a 373. Meadows completed the sweep by winning the women’s air pistol competition with a 363.
Up Next: at Collegiate Nationals, TBA March 17-21 in Ft. Benning, Ga.
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
Ohio State swept all four events to capture its 19th North Regional title at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion March 7. The Buckeyes finished in first place with 103 points. In the team routine, the Scarlet squad of Becky Kim, Jayme DeLancy, Carmen Moraes, Barbara Nesbitt, Caitlin Stewart, Michelle Theriault, Deborah Shim and Jillian Penner, took first place with a season-high 97.333.
In the solo routine, Nesbitt captured first place with a score of 94.667, recording her highest mark of the season. Kim and Meghan Kinney garnered a first-place finish in duet. The duo earned a mark of 95.333, topping their previous high score of 93.833. In the trio event, Ohio State earned the Top 2 spots. Kinney, Moraes and Stewart finished first with a score of 95.333.
Up Next: at U.S. Collegiate National Championships, All Day March 26-28 in San Antonio, Texas
No. 3 Men’s Tennis (14-1; 2-0)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State defeated Penn State, 7-0, at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center in University Park, Pa., March 5. The Buckeyes now have won 42-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten program in an away dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern. Since its loss to then-No. 8 Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the ITA team indoor championships in February, the Scarlet and Gray have won six-consecutive dual matches, shutting out all six opponents. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are 93-5 in their last 98 league matches, including postseason play.
At No. 3 doubles, Matt Allare and Balazs Novak took down Benji Kendall and Eddie Bourchier by an 8-3 score to win the first doubles match. At No. 1 doubles, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge defeated Adam Slagter and Jason Lee, 8-6, sealing the doubles point. Clinching the match at No. 4 singles for the Buckeyes was Allare defeating Lee 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Up Next: vs. Cleveland State, 2 p.m. March 10 in Varsity Tennis Center
at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. March 13 in College Station, Texas
at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. March 23 in Malibu, Calif.
No. 35 Women’s Tennis (7-6; 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Behind the doubles point and four singles wins, Ohio State downed Rice, 5-2, in a nonconference match in the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center March 3.
In singles, sophomore Cami Hubbs closed out Rebecca Lin at No. 4, 6-1, 6-3, to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. Freshman Kelsey Haviland added to the Ohio State lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Rasch at the No. 6 spot. Paloma Escobedo clinched the victory, downing Ana Guzman at No. 2, 6-2, 6-4. Ohio State took a 1-0 lead after winning 2-of-3 doubles matches. All three doubles matches finished 8-5, with Ohio State coming out ahead on Nos. 2 and 3 to earn the doubles point. At No. 3 Kirsten Flower and Escobedo were first off the court after defeating Rasch and Lin. Hubbs and Julie Blackmore clinched the doubles point with a victory over Jessica Jackson and Varsha Shiva-Shankar.
Despite a win in doubles, Ohio State lost to South Florida, 5-2, in a non-conference match in Tampa, Fla., March 8. Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey won their fourth match of the spring at No. 1 doubles, dropping Irene Reheberger and Lauren Shumate, 8-6. Flower and Escobedo also won, taking an 8-6 decision over Iciri Rai and Natalia Guevara at No. 3.
The Buckeyes were not as successful in singles, losing five of six matches. Keesey was the lone Ohio State winner, taking a straight-set 6-2, 6-4 win against Shumate in No. 6 singles.
Up Next: vs. Purdue, 4 p.m. March 13 in Varsity Tennis Center
vs. Utah, 2 p.m. March 23 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State wrapped up its indoor campaign in South Bend, Ind., at the Alex Wilson Invitational March 7. Senior Patrick Whalen captured the title in the shot put with an NCAA provisional toss of 17.87m, just a tenth of a meter off of his third place mark last week at the Big Ten championships. Matt DeChant finished in fifth place at 16.61m.
Thomas Murdaugh finished second in the 400m dash for the second consecutive week with an NCAA provisional run of 46.58, a personal record and the second best time in the Big Ten this year. Murdaugh, Brandon Woodard, Matt Comer and Stephen Robinson were the lone competitors in the 4x400m relay. The Big Ten Champions ran their best race of the season in an NCAA provisional time of 3:07.98.
Up Next: at Georgia Relays, TBA March 20-21 in Athens, Ga.
No. 15 Men’s Volleyball (7-8; 4-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State dropped a 3-2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 15-12) decision at Juniata at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center March 4. The Buckeyes trailed, 2-1 before coming back to win game four and send the match to a fifth game. Ted Schoenfeldt posted a career-high 27.5 points for the Buckeyes with a career-high 26 kills, one ace serve and an assist block.
Up Next: vs. Ball State, 7 p.m. March 11 in St. John Arena
at George Mason, 7 p.m. March 20 in Fairfax, Va.
No. 6 Wrestling: (16-2; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
With a runner-up and a trio of third-place finishers, Ohio State ended the 2009 Big Ten Championships in sixth place with 80 points at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., March 8. Junior Reece Humphrey paced the Buckeyes with a runner-up finish at 133 pounds.
J Jaggers (141), Lance Palmer (149) and Mike Pucillo (184) were third-place finishers in their respective weight classes. Colt Sponseller (165) and Dave Rella (174) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Up Next: at NCAA championships, All Day March 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
MTEN vs. Cleveland State, 2 p.m. at Stickney Tennis Center OR Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
MVB vs. Ball State, 7 p.m. in St. John Arena
WLAX vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
MBKB at Big Ten Tournament, TBA in Indianapolis, Ind.
MHKY at Alaska (CCHA Tournament quarterfinals), 7:05 p.m. in Fairbanks, Alaska
MSWM at NCAA Diving Zones, TBA in West Lafayette, Ind.
SB vs. Loyola (Louisville Tournament), 10 a.m. in Louisville, Ky.
SB vs. Illinois-Chicago (Louisville Tournament), 2 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
WTEN vs. Purdue, 4 p.m. in Varsity Tennis Center
MTEN at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. in College Station, Texas
BSB vs. Pittsburgh (West Palm Beach Tournament), 6 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Fla.
MLAX vs. Robert Morris, 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
WGYM at Auburn, 8 p.m. in Auburn, Ala.
BSB vs. SIU Edwardsville (West Palm Beach Tournament), noon in West Palm Beach, Fla.
SB vs. Louisville (Louisville Tournament), noon in Louisville, Ky.
WLAX at Louisville, 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
BSB vs. Maryland Baltimore County (West Palm Beach Tournament), 3:30 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Fla.
SB vs. Eastern Michigan (Louisville Tournament), 4 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
MGYM at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. in Norman, Okla.
SB vs. Eastern Michigan (Louisville Tournament), 10 a.m. in Louisville, Ky.
BSB vs. North Dakota State (West Palm Beach Tournament), noon in West Palm Beach, Fla.