Aug. 26, 2003

Sports Shorts

The football Buckeyes, under the direction of third-year coachJim Tressel, open the 2003 season at 8 p.m. Saturday in anationally-televised contest against the University of Washington.ABC Television will broadcast the game from Ohio Stadium betweenthe No. 2-ranked Buckeyes and the No. 17 Huskies. Ohio State beginsdefense of its 2002 National Championship with 16 returningstarters, including 10 on the offensive side of the ball. The gameis the first of five-consecutive home games for the Buckeyes andmarks the eighth-consecutive game nationally televised by ABC. Thewomen’s soccer program will hold its “A Celebration of 10” reunionFriday and Saturday to recognize the 10-year anniversary of thesport at Ohio State. Festivities will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Fridayas the Buckeyes play host to Indiana State in the 2003 home opener.The game will commence a two-day celebration of the tradition andexcellence exhibited by the program over the past decade. Formerplayers in attendance will be recognized at halftime, while notableplayers from each of the 10 seasons will be honored at abrunch-style banquet Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. in theLongaberger Alumni Center. The men’s soccer team fell 5-0 to No. 5SMU last weekend in the College Cup Preview exhibition game at CrewStadium. The Buckeyes will move on to the Cal State FullertonClassic this weekend in Fullerton, Calif. The team will play CSFullerton at 10 p.m. EDT Friday and will face No. 2 UCLA, thedefending national champion, at 5 p.m. EDT Sunday to conclude thetournament. The field hockey team opens the 2003 season thisweekend in California. The Buckeyes face the California GoldenBears at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday in Berkeley, Calif. Then, the squadtravels to Stanford, Calif. where it takes on Pacific at 7 p.m. EDTSunday. OSU caps off the three-game road trip Sept. 2 when theybattle Stanford at 3 p.m. EDT in Stanford, Calif. Last year, theBuckeyes finished the road trip 2-1, defeating California andPacific and falling to Stanford. Adam Crompton (So., Newark,N.J./St. Benedicts) and Jason Rogers (Jr., Los Angeles,Calif./Brentwood), both members of the fencing team, recentlyreturned from the 2003 Pan American Games in the DominicanRepublic, where they helped lead the United States to its best-everfinish. The U.S. squad won a total of 11 medals, which marked thehighest medal count among all competing nations. Rogers won thebronze medal in the men’s individual sabre competition, then teamedwith Crompton and Ivan Lee to comprise the USA men’s sabre team,which won the gold medal with a 45-30 victory over Venezuela.Synchronized swimming head coach Linda Witter and the United StatesNational Team captured gold in the team and duet events at the 2003Pan American Games, which took place Aug. 1-17 in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic. Witter was selected as the squad’s assistantcoach for the event. Several Ohio State alumni also gathered tocompete at the Pan Am Games. Former Buckeye Becky Jasontek(1994-97), a four-time letterwinner and All-American at Ohio State,earned a gold medal in the team event as a member of the U.S.National Team. Twins Carolina and Isabela Moraes (1999-02) earned abronze medal in the duet for their home country of Brazil. LeilaniTorres (2000-02) and Puerto Rican teammate Luna Aguila recorded afifth-place finish in the event. Former men’s gymnasts Raj Bhavsarand Blaine Wilson helped the U.S. squad capture a silver medal atthe 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend. OSUhead coach Miles Avery served as an assistant coach for thenational team. Wilson placed eighth in the all-around and qualifiedfor the event finals in rings and parallel bars. This summer, headwomen’s basketball coach Jim Foster and junior guard Caity Matter(Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) were part of the USA Basketball YoungWomen’s National Team that went 7-1 and brought home a gold medalfrom the inaugural 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women.Foster led the 12-member team, which was chosen earlier in thesummer during the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials. Theevent featured 12 national teams and was held July 25-Aug. 3 inSibenik, Croatia. The 12 teams were divided into two groups forpreliminary round-robin competition, which determined the top fourteams from each group. Those eight squads advanced to the medalquarterfinals. The USA team’s lone loss came in a preliminary roundcontest to Brazil (73-60), which was the same team Foster’s squadbeat one week later (71-55) to capture the gold medal. Matteraveraged 5.6 points and 2.0 rebounds over the eight-gametournament.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 31
All Times Eastern

Friday, Aug. 29
Men’s Soccer at Cal State Fullerton, 10 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Women’s Soccer vs. Indiana State, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Aug. 30
Football vs. Washington, 8 p.m.
Ohio Stadium

Field Hockey at California, 7 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Sunday, Aug. 31
Men’s Soccer vs. UCLA, 5 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Field Hockey vs. Pacific, 7 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

Women’s Soccer at Wright State, 7 p.m.
Dayton, Ohio