Carey Fagan was named head women’s gymnastics coach Aug. 13, takingover the program for Larry Cox. A 1998 Penn State graduate, Faganwas an assistant coach for the Buckeyes the previous two seasonsunder Cox, who served Ohio State for 25 years and collected 251wins and five Big Ten championships. On Aug. 16 Fagan named formerNittany Lion assistant coach William Lorenz as her top assistantfor the 2004-05 season.
“We are tremendously excited Carey will be taking over our program,” Heather Lyke Catalano, associate athletics director, said. “Carey is an exceptional person and we are lucky to keep her as a part of our program. Her vision and drive will certainly take our program to new heights. We have set very high expectations for her and I think she’ll exceed those expectations in due time.”
Men’s gymnastics head coach Miles Avery represented the U.S.delegation as the assistant coach to the U.S. men’s gymnastics teamat the 28th Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Three members of thecurrent U.S. squad – Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm and Blaine Wilson -train with Avery at the Steelwood Training Facility in Columbus,Ohio. Avery helped coach the team to a silver medal, its highestfinish in team competition at the Olympic Games since 1984.
Paul Hamm won the all-around competition following a miraculous comeback after stumbling on his vault routine. Hamm was nearly flawless on his remaining events, including high bar, to capture the title. Adding to his gold medal, Hamm also earned a silver medal on high bar.
Fencers Jason Rogers and Louise Bond-Williams advanced beforebeing eliminated from competition at the Olympic Games in Athens,Greece, last week. Rogers, competing for the United States with thesabre, is a two-time NCAA All-American and fell in the round of 32to Luigi Taratino of Italy, 15-3. Bond-Williams, competing with thesabre for Great Britain, defeated Susanne Koenig of Germany, 15-13in the round of 32 before falling to Elena Netchaeva of Russia,15-12, in the round of 16. Rogers will be a junior at Ohio Statethis fall, while Bond-Williams has exhausted her eligibility.Former Ohio State swimmer Nick Rees finished third in the secondheat of the men’s 100-meter butterfly in the Olympics at theOlympic Aquatic Centre, Aug. 19. Rees, a native of Nassau, Bahamas(Saint Augustin), recorded the school’s second fastest time in the100 fly when he competed for Ohio State from 1999-2003. In theOlympic preliminary, he touched the wall in a time of 56.39, alittle more than 1 1/2 seconds behind Michal Rubacek, of the CzechRepublic, who finished the event in 54.87 seconds.
Soon-to-be-sophomore Gulsah Gunenc finished her first-ever Olympic experience Aug. 18 at the Olympic Aquatic Centre. The native of Edirne, Turkey, competed in both the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events. Gunenc finished third in the first heat of the 100 fly Aug. 14 turning in a time of 1:04.30, just more than two seconds slower than Kateryna Zubkova of the Ukraine, who won the heat in a time of 1:02.22. Gunenc returned to the pool Aug. 17 for the preliminary round of the 200 fly. She finished seventh in the eight-person first heat and swam 2:20.17.
Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach and track andfield assistant, competed in his second Olympics Saturday in themen’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Gary, who also participated in the1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, placed 12th in his preliminary heatin a time of 8:38.01, falling shy of qualifying for the final.
Former Buckeye standout Stephanie Hightower also is in Athens, serving as the head manager for the U.S. women’s team.
The Scoreboard Animation Staff collected a Golden Matrix Awardfrom the 22nd Annual IDEA (Information Display and EntertainmentAssociation) Conference. There are over 80 sports organizationsrepresented at this conference, which includes audio, video,matrix, and marketing personnel from the NCAA, NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB,and various minor league clubs. This year’s conference was held inPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 11th-15th. Since joining IDEA in1989, Ohio State’s Scoreboard Animation Staff has brought home 21Golden Matrix Awards (GMA’s). The 21 GMA’s rank Ohio State first intotal awards given out by the IDEA since 1989. Ohio State has wonat least one award each year since 1991. This year, the Ohio StateScoreboard Staff entered work in the “Best Original MatrixAnimations” and “Best Matrix Board Overall” categories. OSU tookthe top honors for the “Best Original Matrix Animations” for the12th year in a row, edging both the Seattle Mariners and theHouston Astros for the award. Ohio State has also won the “BestMatrix Board Overall” category five times in the past 15 years, butfinished in fourth place this year. For more information regardingthe Ohio State Scoreboard Staff, check outhttp://athletics.osu.edu/animation/.
The Athletics Video Staff finished in the top three in two award categories at the 22nd Annual IDEA (Information Display and Entertainment Association) Conference.
The Ohio State Video Staff had entries in the “Best In-Game Feature” and “Best Show Open” categories. OSU entered the “Bobblehead Mystery Theater” in the In-Game Feature category, in which 32 teams had entries. OSU was a finalist along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the eventual winner, The Columbus Blue Jackets. Ohio State also entered the “Football Video Open” feature in the “Best Show Open” category, which had 19 teams competing. OSU again was a finalist along with the Houston Astros, and the eventual champion, New York Islanders.
The Athletics Marketing Department won three awards at NACMAJune 11. The department was honored with a gold award for bestradio commercial, a silver award for best single newspaper displayad and a bronze for best targeted group promotion. In exhibitionaction, the men’s soccer team defeated Robert Morris University,5-1, Saturday and Pittsburgh, 2-0, Tuesday in Jesse Owens MemorialStadium. The Buckeyes, under eighth year head coach John Bluem,out-shot RMU, 22-1, and Pittsburgh, 12-4, as 11 returningletterwinners and 10 newcomers saw their first action of theseason. In the team’s final tune-up, Ohio State will face atalented Rutgers squad at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the College CupPreview Match in Crew Stadium before the regular season beginsSept. 3-5 against Wake Forest and North Carolina in the Ohio StateClassic in JOMS. The women’s soccer team, ranked as high as 10th inthe preseason polls, kicked off the 2004 season Tuesday with anexhibition match against Oregon at the Nike Training Complex inBeaverton, Ore. Freshman Lara Dickenmann tallied the lone Buckeyegoal as the contest ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
The Buckeyes start the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Portland in the Husky/Nike Invitational in Seattle, Wash. Portland, the 2002 NCAA champion, is ranked as high as No. 6 in the preseason polls.
Head coach Lori Walker is in Athens, Greece, serving as color analyst for NBC’s coverage of Olympic women’s soccer. She will help call the Gold medal final between the U.S. and Brazil at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
The field hockey team opened the 2004 season with a 3-1 victoryin exhibition play over the Calgary Dinos Aug. 21. Buckeyes MegLake (Sr., St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne), Florencia Stier (So.,Buenos Aires, Argentina/Washington) and Cammie Trainer (Sr.,Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) scored OSU’s three goals in the second half,helping Ohio State surge ahead at North Turf Field.
Taking advantage of a penalty corner 3:40 minutes into the half, Stier put the first point on the board. Trainer scored on OSU’s fifth penalty corner with 18:22 left in the game, flipping the ball above the Calgary goalie. Laura Rosenwinkel (Sr., Glenside, Pa./Springfield) and Deen Rebstock (Sr., St. Louis, Mo./Witfield) were credited with the assists. Lake recorded the final Buckeye score at the 3:78 mark.
Ohio State officially commences regular season action when it travels to the East Coast to battle Maine at 11 a.m. Sunday in Orono, Maine at Alfond Stadium. OSU follows up the season opener with a game against Vermont at 11 a.m. Monday in Durham, N.H. at Memorial Stadium.
Women’s ice hockey sophomore Tessa Bonhomme was one of 22players selected to Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team. Thesquad will face the U.S. National Under-22 Team in a three-gameseries Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y., andBurlington, Vt. Bonhomme attended a seven-day development campalong with 44 of the top under-22 players in Canada. The team iscomposed of 14 returning players from the 2002-03 squad and eightrookie, including Bonhomme. The men’s and women’s golf teamswelcome several alumni back to the OSU Scarlet Course Aug. 30 forthe 19th annual pro-am event. The tournament helps raise funds forboth Ohio State teams and to date has raised about $1.7 million.Those funds are used for scholarships and course improvements. GaryNicklaus (1998-91) and Lisa Strom Fernandes (1996-2000) willco-chair the 2004 event, which tees off at 10 a.m. The event isfree and open to the public. The wrestling team and head coach RussHellickson announced Tuesday that former NCAA champions Mitch Clarkand Tommy Rowlands were added to the coaching staff. Clark, the1998 national champion at 177 pounds, previously served asvolunteer coach for six seasons and now joins 11-year assistant KenRamsey in a full-time capacity. Rowlands, who concluded his OSUcareer with his second NCAA heavyweight title in March, will assumethe volunteer role. The Hilliard native will work with the heavierweight classes, while also continuing to train for the 2008 OlympicGames. Rowlands narrowly missed a spot on the 2004 team at the U.S.Trials in May.
Hellickson currently is serving as the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of Olympic wrestling in Athens, Greece.
Men’s basketball coach Thad Matta threw out the first pitchMonday at the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game atJacob’s Field in Cleveland. Matta will direct his first edition ofOhio State men’s basketball beginning Nov. 15 in the opening roundof the Guardian Classic at Value City Arena. Tickets for theinaugural Ohio Hockey Classic at Nationwide Arena in Columbus,co-hosted by Ohio State and WBNS-TV, are now on sale. Thetournament, which matches Central Collegiate Hockey Associationschools Ohio State and Miami against Western Collegiate HockeyAssociation teams Colorado College and Minnesota State, will beheld Dec. 29-30. Fans can purchase tickets at the Nationwide ArenaTicket Office, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers, either by phone(614-431-3600) or on-line at ticketmaster.com, and at the BlueJackets Zones located at Chiller Easton and Chiller Dublin. Twogames will be played each day. Reserved tickets are $11 and includeboth games. In the tournament, the Buckeyes will take on theMavericks of Minnesota State at 8:05 p.m. Dec. 29, preceded by agame between the RedHawks and Colorado College Tigers at 5:05 p.m.On Dec. 30, Ohio State will face off against CC at 8:05 p.m., whileMiami will play Minnesota State at 5:05 p.m. Jim Foster, Ohio Statehead women’s basketball coach, announced the addition of DebbieMerrill to the 2004-05 Buckeye roster over the summer. Merrill, asenior center/forward from Cumberland City, Tenn., was a 2003Honorable Mention All-American, a two-time All-Conference USAplayer and C-USA’s 2002 Freshman of the Year at Cincinnati. Merrillwill sit out the 2004-05 season per NCAA transfer requirements andwill have one year of collegiate eligibility remaining for 2005-06.
The 2004-05 Ohio State women’s basketball schedule includes a total of nine opponents that participated in the 2004 NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes are joined in the 16-team 2004 Preseason WNIT field by nine other 2004 postseason squads to kick off the season. For the third-consecutive year, Jim Foster, OSU head basketball coach, will take the Buckeyes back to their roots as they play host to the 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic in historic St. John Arena. For a complete listing of the 2004-05 women’s basketball schedule, go to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
The baseball program, by Todd Lamb and Greg Aylsworth, washonored by the College Sports Information Directors of America inits annual publications contest as Best in the Nation.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Friday, Aug. 26 – Monday, Aug. 29
All Times Eastern
Friday, Aug. 26
Men’s Soccer vs. Rutgers, 7:30 p.m.
Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Women’s Soccer vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28
Field Hockey at Maine, 11 a.m.
Women’s Soccer at Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 29
Field Hockey vs. Vermont, 11 a.m.