Aug. 10, 2006

Leading all Big Ten schools, Ohio State placed 12th in thefinal 2005-06 U.S. Sports Academy Director’s Cup, presentedannually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors ofAthletics, United State Sports Academy and USA Today to the bestoverall collegiate athletics programs in the country. The Buckeyescollected 799.25 points from 20 sports, led by football’s 80 pointsand 73 points each from women’s rowing and men’s tennis. Four teamsprovided at least 50 points, including men’s cross country (57),women’s volleyball (50), women’s basketball (50) and men’sbasketball (50).

Behind Ohio State at No. 12, Big Ten schools in the Top 25 included Penn State (15), Minnesota (16), Wisconsin (22) and Michigan (24). Stanford won the Cup for the 12th-consecutive year.

Head men’s golf coach Jim Brown was inducted into the Ohio GolfHall of Fame during a ceremony Monday in Sandusky, Ohio. The honoradds to his long list of accomplishments at Ohio State, whichinclude 1979 National Coach of the Year and most recently 2004 BigTen Coach of the Year accolades. He also is a member of the GolfCoaches Association of America Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989). Themen’s soccer team reported for preseason camp Tuesday and hostsDayton at 7 p.m. Sunday in the first of two exhibition matches. TheBuckeyes, with eight returning starters and 17 letterwinners backfor 10th-year head coach John Bluem, Ohio State then hosts Bradleyin Crew Stadium Aug. 18. Ohio State’s Lauren Daykin, who will be asenior on the Buckeye softball team in 2006-07, helped lead hernative country of Australia to a fourth-place finish at the SecondWorld University Games, held July 19-24 in Tainan City, Taiwan.Daykin (Melbourne, Australia/Manatee C.C., Fla.) is a five-yearmember of the Australian Junior National Team and helped lead theAussies to a fifth-place finish last year at the First WorldUniversity Games in Plant City, Fla. Women’s soccer midfielder LisaCollison will compete with the Canadian National Team at the 2006Women’s World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, Aug. 17-Sept.3. In the qualifying CONCACAF Tournament for the worldchampionships held in January, Collison tallied two goals,including the gamewinner vs. Jamaica. Collison also tallied twoassists. Field hockey players Yesenia Luces and Curlyne Wynn ofTrinidad and Tobago, along with assistant coach Inako Puzo ofVenezuela, represented their respective countries while playing inthe Central American and Caribbean Games July 21-29 in SantoDomingo, Dominican Republic. The games were hosted by the PanAmerican Hockey Federation in preparation for the 2007 Pan-AmericanGames. The event began with round robin play July 21-25 followed bythe playoffs July 27-29.

Wynn and Luces were 2-1-0 in Pool B and helped Trinidad and Tobago reach the bronze medal game, where the team fell short, 4-2, to Barbados. Wynn is a native of Trincity who will begin her senior season with Ohio State in 2006. Her cousin, Blair Wynn, also played on the team. Luces is a native of Port of Spain and led the Buckeyes in scoring last season as a sophomore. Both have represented their country in numerous international events, including previous Pan-American Games.

Puzo, a native of Barcelona, Spain, who graduated from Venezuela Central University, has been a member of the Venezuelan National Team since 1988 and captained the team during these Central American and Caribbean Games. The squad finished sixth in the men’s division with a 3-2 defeat to Barbados. Venezuela was 0-1-2 in Pool B of round-robin play.

The women’s volleyball team has been ranked 23rd in thepreseason College Sports Television (CSTV)/American VolleyballCoaches Association Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll released todayby the AVCA. The Buckeyes received 346 points in the poll beginningthe season in the same spot they ended the 2005 season. Ohio Statewas 22-9 overall last year, finishing in a tie for third in the BigTen Conference with a 14-6 record. The Ohio State Swim Club,coached by Ohio State men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley, brokeseveral of the club’s long-course records on its way to aseventh-place finish at the USA Senior National Championships Aug.1-5 in Irvine, Calif. The finish was the highest for the club,which previously had not recorded a Top 10 finish. Four Buckeyeswho compete for the club team qualified for the 2008 Olympictrials. R.J. Lemyre (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) qualified inthe 100-meter backstroke and Nate King (Sr., Youngstown,Ohio/Warren Harding) qualified in both the 100- and 200-meterbackstroke. Matt Voelker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) metthe cut in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, while Joe Doyle (Sr.,Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) will swim in the 100-meter freestyleand the 100-meter butterfly. The 400-meter freestyle relay finishedfourth with a time of 3:27.11, while the club’s 400-meter medleyrelay finished third in a time of 3:43.55. Women’s hockeydefenseman Tessa Bonhomme and forward Raelyn LaRocque were invitedto participate in Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Developmentand Selection Camp, Hockey Canada has announced. The camp includes40 players and will be held Aug. 13-27 in Ottawa, Ontario. Bonhommeand LaRocque both are members of Team Red.

The participants are divided into two teams that will compete in a mini tournament with Finland’s National Women’s Team. At the conclusion of the camp, a roster of 22 players will be selected to play against the U.S. National Women’s Under-22 Team in a three-game series at the University of Ottawa, Aug. 24, 25 and 27. Buckeye defenseman Lisa Chesson is attending the U.S. Under-22 camp.

The NCAA notified Ohio State it earned the right to host the2008 NCAA Central Regional in men’s golf. Ohio State last playedhost to regional competition in May of 1999. The event will be thefirst opportunity for men’s teams outside the Big Ten Conferencearea to play the renovated Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,455 yards),which was completed in May of this year in time for the 2006 NCAAWomen’s Championships. Scarlet has played host to numerous eventsthrough the years, including the NCAA Preview, Big TenChampionships, NCAA regional competitions and a record 10 NCAAMen’s Championships, the last of which took place in 2002. Fivemen’s gymnasts were named All-America Scholar-Athletes by theCollege Gymnastics Association, the CGA announced. Three Buckeyesearned first team All-America Scholar-Athlete honors – Jake Bateman(So., Kingsport, Tenn.), Anthony Duong (Jr., Newark, Del.) andKristopher Kline (Sr., Westerville, Ohio). Second-team honors wentto Jimmy Wickham (Jr., Gulfport, Miss.) and Mike Marino (Jr.,Ellington, Conn.). Gymnasts with a grade-point average of 3.50 orhigher earned first-team honors, while second-team accolades weregiven to gymnasts with GPAs between 3.2 and 3.499. Nationally, 55gymnasts earned first-team accolades and 56 received second-teamhonors.

In addition, the Ohio State team was honored for ranking ninth nationally in team grade-point average.

Senior men’s gymnast Nicholaus Searcy (Sr., Dublin,Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center) has been added to the fieldfor the 2006 VISA USA Championships. At the USA Gymnastics nationalchampionships qualifier July 15, Searcy just missed out on earningan automatic berth into the national meet and was the firstalternate. Searcy will compete 47 other gymnasts in the eventAug.16-19 in St. Paul Minn., as they vie for national championshipsin both the all-around and individual events. Searcy will joinclassmate Kristopher Kline (Westerville, Ohio/Hocking ValleyGymnastics Center) and former Buckeye Raj Bhavsar (2000-03) at the2006 VISA USA Championships. Both earned spots at the nationalqualifier in July.

At the national qualifier Searcy competed on both vault (16th/14.80) and parallel bars (t-19th/14.15).

The senior men’s all-around and individual events at the VISA USA Championships begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. The second round of senior men’s competition will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.