Athletes of the Week

Brian Olinger, a senior distance runner on the men’s track andfield team, clocked an 8:01.36 in the 3,000 meter run to placethird at the 2005 New Balance Armory Collegiate InvitationalFriday. Olinger’s time served as a personal best and as aprovisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Thattime also ranks as the second-fastest 3,000-meter time in OSUhistory, falling shy of current Ohio State distance coach RobertGary and his mark of 7:52.63 in 1996. Jenna Harris, a sophomoresprinter on the women’s track and field team, turned in acareer-best 7.45 to place second in the 60m Friday at the MillroseGames in Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. At the New BalanceArmory Invitational Saturday, she placed fourth in the 200m in anindoor career-best 24.17. The 24.17 serves as a provisionalqualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Harris narrowlymissed the NCAA provisional mark of 7.44 in the 60m.

Athletics Good Stuff

The seventh-ranked women’s golf team posted a second-roundscore of 307 Tuesday at the 10th annual Northrop Grumman RegionalChallenge. The Buckeyes are tied for ninth on the leaderboard witha total mark of 613 (+45). The event is being held at the par 71Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes, Calif. OhioState senior Kristen White paced the Buckeyes in the second roundwith a score of 73 (+2). She is tied for 12th on the individualleaderboard with a total of 149 (+7). Classmate Lindsay Knowltonshot 75 (+4) in the second round and currently is tied for 30thwith a total of 153 (+11). Junior Erin Borowiec posted a round of77 (+6) and is tied for 36th place overall while competing as anindividual. The final round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgunstart Wednesday. Live scoring is available online A pair of sophomores lead the women’s tennis teaminto action against William and Mary at 4 p.m. Saturday versus andGeorgia Tech at noon Sunday at the Jesse Owens West RecreationCenter. Sonia Ruzimovsky (So., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) andKristin Messmer (So., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) both have threewins in the Buckeyes’ first four matches this spring season and topthe team in overall victories. Ruzimovsky leads the team with a13-5 record this season and Messmer is second, going 9-7 thus far.Ruzimovsky and Messmer also comprise the squad’s top doubles pairwith a 5-2 mark. The No. 7 men’s hockey team posted its secondconsecutive series sweep, as it beat Lake Superior State, 3-1 and3-2 in overtime, last weekend in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Juniorforward Dan Knapp led the Buckeyes with three points in the series,while junior Nate Guenin was named the CCHA Defenseman of the Weekafter posting an assist and a +2 rating in the series. The winsgave OSU 20 victories this season, marking the first time inprogram history the squad has had four consecutive seasons with 20or more victories. In addition, the Buckeyes clinched home ice forthe first round of the CCHA playoffs and will play host to abest-of-three series March 11-13 in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes, who are one point behind first-place Michigan in the race for the CCHA regular-season title, play host to fifth-place Bowling Green for two games this weekend. The Buckeyes and Falcons will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams sent a squad of 10individuals to compete in the fifth annual Armory CollegiateInvitational in New York, N.Y., while the rest of the teamparticipated in the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio thispast weekend.

Highlighting the field in New York City was junior Brian Olinger, who clocked a time of 8:01.36 in the 3,000-meter run to place third Friday evening. Olinger’s time served as a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships and ranks as the second-fastest 3,000-meter time in OSU history. Senior John Morris also posted an impressive performance Friday night as he timed a 47.80 in the 400m. On the women’s side, sophomore Jenna Harris clocked a career-best 7.45 to place second in the 60m at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden Friday. Harris also placed fourth in an indoor career-best 24.17 in the 200m. The 24.17 served as a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Further day two action saw Marios Iacovou clear 7-1.75/2.18m in the high jump for a runner-up mark, while senior jumpers Shayla Moore and Rosalind Goodwin each cleared the 43-foot mark in the triple jump. Moore took second place with a leap of 43-1/ 13.13 ahead of Goodwin at 43-0.50/13.12.

At the Doug Raymond Invitational senior Shelaine Larson scored a personal-best 49-5.50 to win the shot put, while freshman Laura Piper ran the mile in 4:58.67, breaking into the all-time Top 5 list at Ohio State in the event. For the men Bryan Duby threw a provisional qualifying toss of 67-6.50/20.59m to win the weight.

This week Ohio State competes in the Iowa State Classic on Friday and Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

The women’s ice hockey team (14-12-2 overall; 11-12-1 WCHA)takes on the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (20-7-1 overall; 14-7-1 WCHA)at 8:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at Kohl Center in Madison,Wis. The Buckeyes have completed four games of an eight-game roadstretch, posting an 2-1-1 record. A road series at Niagara remainson the slate. Last weekend, Ohio State earned four conferencepoints as the Buckeyes swept Bemidji State for the first time inprogram history. OSU downed BSU, 5-1, Feb. 4 and 4-3, Feb. 5. TheBuckeye penalty-killing unit held Bemidji State scoreless on allseven power-play attempts on the weekend. Three Buckeyes recordedfour points each in the sweep over the Beavers. Senior captainMeaghan Mulvaney led the squad with three goals, including thegamewinner Feb. 4, and an assist. Senior Jeni Creary (2-2-4) andsophomore Amber Bowman (1-3-4) also tallied four points. Juniorforward Katie Sershen scored her first collegiate goal and markedher sixth career point in game one Feb. 4.

Sophomore Amber Bowman was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for leading the Buckeyes in their first road sweep over Bemidji State last weekend, the league announced Feb. 7. Bowman recorded a four-point weekend, marking her best performance this season. In game one, Bowman assisted on two goals, including the gamewinner, in the 5-1 victory Feb. 4. She then scored the game-winning goal and recorded a helper in the 4-3 victory Feb. 5. Bowman also played a key role in Ohio State’s power play and penalty kill, which held Bemidji State scoreless on all seven power-play chances in the series.

The women’s gymnastics team (4-5, 0-3 Big Ten) placed second ata quad-meet against No. 18 Kentucky, George Washington and BallState, Feb. 4, in Lexington, Ky. The Buckeyes finished the meetwith a team score of 193.000 to edge Ball State (191.025) andGeorge Washington (191.150). Kentucky placed first with a mark of195.525.

Ohio State ended the evening with second-place finishes on floor (48.550), bars (48.350) and beam (48.050) and a third-place performance on vault (48.050). Senior Liz Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio/Lake Erie Gymnastics) led the Buckeyes with a first-place finish on beam. Meaney posted a score of 9.825 to claim her fourth consecutive beam crown this season. Meaney also placed fifth on bars with a score of 9.800. Junior Kaylin Schlecht (Marion, Ohio/River Valley) continued her strong season with a second-place, 9.850 mark on bars.

The men’s golf team concluded play at the 2005 Suntrust GatorInvitational this past Sunday and finished 12th with a three-roundtotal of 900. The Buckeyes finished the event with a final roundscore of 296. The University of Florida played host to the 54-holeevent at the par 70, 6,701-yard, University of Florida Golf Course.Senior Scott Anderson was the top OSU golfer as he tied for 17th.Anderson concluded the tournament with a final round score ofone-under-par 69 to finish the event with a total of 218. OhioState returns to action Feb. 19-20 in Phoenix, Ariz. as it competesin the 2005 Arizona State Invitational. Gymnasts Ronald Ferris andRandy Monahan participated in the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 4-5 atthe Las Vegas Sports Center Arena in Las Vegas. Both Buckeyesqualified for the individual event finals where Ferris placedsecond on high bar, scoring a 9.1 and fourth on pommel horsetallying an 8.65. Monahan finished sixth on high bar, notching an8.475 and eighth on rings, compiling an 8.85.

The No. 1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will be back in action when it faces California and Stanford at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.

The No. 2/3 women’s basketball team (22-2; 9-1 Big Ten) playshost to Michigan (5-17; 1-10 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Thursday in ValueCity Arena. Last week, the Buckeyes extended their win streak to11-consecutive victories with a 78-46 victory vs. Indiana Sunday.There were a season-best 10,434 people on hand to see the Buckeyesup their home record to 14-0. Senior Caity Matter led all scorerswith 18 points off a 6-of-9 stroke from the field and a 4-of-6afternoon from 3-point land. Jessica Davenport tallied her seventhdouble-double of the season with 15 rebounds and 16 points vs. theHoosiers.

Jessica Davenport was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Month for January. She averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as the No. 2/3 Buckeyes amassed a 10-0 record in January. Four of the 10 Buckeye victories were vs. Top 25 teams, including wins vs. then-No. 6/6 Michigan State and vs. then-No. 4/7 Rutgers. The Buckeyes beat teams by an average of 16.2 points per game in January.

The No. 23 men’s swimming and diving team finished its dualmeet season with a 128-112 win over Penn State Saturday. TheBuckeyes end their dual meet season with a 10-1 record and now turntheir attention to the conference championship Feb. 24-26. TheBuckeyes recorded nine individual wins, including two wins in thediving events. Mitch Richeson, following his nomination of Big TenDiver of the Week, won both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. JoeDoyle recorded a win in the 200-yard freestyle, Matt Voelkerout-touched the other swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle and NateKing hit the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley. OhioState swept the Top 3 spots in the 100-yard butterfly with GaryGrant taking first place. Rob Kauscher clocked in at 56.56 in the100-yard breaststroke event. The Buckeye relay teams dominated asthey out-raced the Nittany Lions in both the 400-yard medley relayand the 200-yard freestyle relay. Ohio State will have a two-weekbreak before it heads to Minneapolis, Minn., for the 2005 Big TenChampionships Feb. 24-26. The wrestling team (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten)closed out the 2004-05 home season with a pair of loses to rankedBig Ten opponents. Friday at Worthington-Kilbourne High School, anOhio State rally fell just short as the Buckeyes dropped a 20-18decision to No. 12 Wisconsin.

Saturday, Ohio State returned to St. John Arena and welcomed Iowa for alumni and senior night. The Hawkeyes, ranked 10th in the nation, came away with a 30-6 victory.

A pair of Buckeyes completed the weekend with 2-0 marks. Junior Nathaniel Augustson and sophomore J.D. Bergman ignited the Ohio State comeback Friday vs. Wisconsin with wins by fall at 174 and 197, respectively. Saturday, Augustson evened his season record at 15-15 with a decision win, while Bergman tallied victory No. 31 on the year with a decision of his own.

This week, Ohio State faces another tough weekend against ranked conference foes in No. 5/7 Michigan (11-3-1, 3-0-1 Big Ten) and No. 4/9 Minnesota (8-6, 2-2 Big Ten). The Buckeyes wrestle the Wolverines at 7 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sunday, Ohio State tangles with the Golden Gophers at 3 p.m in Minneapolis.

The rifle team fell to Xavier, 4,637 to 4,495 in CincinnatiSaturday. Xavier won both events, with a 2,333 to 2,241 margin insmallbore rifle and a 2,304 to 2,254 advantage in air rifle. OSU’sRyan Kohatsu finished second overall with a 1,162 aggregate score.He was tied for second in air rifle at 582 and was third insmallbore rifle at 580. The Buckeyes return to Xavier next Saturdayand Sunday for the NCAA Qualifier. The pistol team defeated Purdue,3,427 to 2,734 in a modified format meet Saturday. The Buckeyes wonall three open events, winning free pistol, 748 to 480, standardpistol, 1,573 to 1,317 and air pistol, 1,106 to 937. OSU’s JenniferTrickett finished first in all three events, scoring 261 in free,548 in standard and 379 in air psitol. Buckeye Jared Speck (Fr.,Minneapolis, Minn.) finished second in free at 245, with TeresaMeyer (placing second in standard pistol with 543 and Derek Dicefinishing second in air pistol with 364. Ohio State will next hostthe Collegiate Sectionals, Feb. 18-19. The 12th-ranked men’svolleyball team defeated Juniata 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-26) Fridayand Mercyhurst 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-20) Saturday in road contests.Mark Greaves had 15.5 points against Juniata with a match-high 14kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Layne Dreven added 14.5points with 10 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and five assistblocks. In OSU’s opening match in the Midwestern IntercollegiateVolleyball Association against Mercyhurst, Scott Spurlock scored ateam-high 11.5 points with seven kills, three solo and three assistblocks. Andy Cole added nine points with eight kills and two assistblocks. The Buckeyes continue league play this weekend when theyhost Ball State Friday at 7 p.m. and Quincy Sunday at 3 p.m.Women’s volleyball Stacey Gordon has been named theAsics/Volleyball Magazine Division I Player of the Year. Theannouncement was made in the March issue of Volleyball Magazine.The synchronized swimming team (9-0) won the OSU CollegeAssociation Meet Saturday at the Varsity Pool in Larkins Hall. TheBuckeyes finished with 104 points, ahead of Michigan (70.5),William & Mary (67.0), Ohio (63.5) and Miami (38.0).JuniorsChelsea Luker and Carly Grimshaw won the duet event, posting a markof 93.667. Rookies Michelle Benzie and Julia Broadfoot placedsecond with a score of 92.000. Luker, Grimhaw and senior LaurenMarsh took home first-place honors in the trio event with a scoreof 91.833. Teammates Heather Burdick, Lindsay Newbill and EllenHacker finished second with a score of 91.667.In addition, Lukerwon technical elements with a score of 8.926. Grimshaw followed insecond and Burdick was third. Sophomore Brooke Paul earned firstplace in `B’ figures and Mary Elliott placed second in `C’ figures.Ohio State also claimed first and second place in the team event.The Buckeyes return to action next weekend with two dual meets inVirginia. Ohio State will battle Richmond Dec. 12 before heading toWilliamsburg to face William & Mary Dec. 13. The No. 11 men’stennis team fell to No. 17 Tulane and No. 18 Washington overweekend tournament action at the Washington Invitational at theNordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. With the two losses, theBuckeyes fell to 2-2 this season. Ohio State will be back inColumbus Friday as the squad hosts No. 20 Arkansas at 4 p.m. atJesse Owens West Tennis Center. The Buckeyes are undefeated intheir last 19 matches at home. The home win streak dates back tothe 2003 season starting with a 5-2 win over Purdue April 6. OnSunday, Ohio State hits the road as they face fourth-ranked Georgiain Athens, Ga. The No. 1 fencing team hosted opponents Saturday atthe Ohio State Duals at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. TheBuckeyes improved to 44-2 overall with wins over Cleveland State,Chicago, Detroit-Mercy, Michigan, Purdue, Case Western Reserve,Oberlin and Bowling Green. Both the men’s and women’s fencingsquads are now 22-1in duals action this season. Ohio State is backin action Feb. 26-27 at the Midwest Conference Championships hostedby Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Last season at the championships,the Buckeyes placed first overall as they topped the Fighting Irishby 70 points. The men’s basketball team takes on Michigan State ina Big Ten matchup at 8 p.m. Wednesday looking for its fifthconsecutive victory. Ohio State opened the 2005 Big Ten Conferenceseason with a 1-3 record but has eclipsed the .500 mark withfour-consecutive conference victories. Ohio State has not beenbetter than even after the midway point of the Big Ten Conferenceseason since starting 7-1 in the 2002 league season. It was duringthat campaign Ohio State last won four-consecutive regular seasonconference games during a 6-0 run to start league play.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 9-Tuesday, Jan. 15
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Men’s Basketball at Michigan State, 8 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Thursday, Feb. 10
Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Feb. 11
Men’s Tennis vs. Arkansas, 4 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Track at Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa

Saturday, Feb. 12
Women’s Tennis vs. William & Mary, 4 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball at Penn State, 5:07 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Gymnastics at Cal, vs. Stanford, 10 p.m.
Berkley, Calif.

Men’s Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Track at Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa

Synchronized Swimming
Richmond, Va.

Rifle at NCAA Qualifier
Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday, Feb. 13
Women’s Tennis vs. Georgia Tech, Noon
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at Georgia, 1 p.m.
Athens, Ga.

Wrestling at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Basketball at Iowa, 3 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s Volleyball vs. Quincy, 3 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Rifle at NCAA Qualifier
Cincinnati, Ohio

Synchronized Swimming at William & Mary
Williamsburg, Va.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Men’s Basketball vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio