January 24, 2023

Buckeye Spotlight – Jan. 24


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Week in and week out, Buckeye student-athletes raise the standard of excellence set at Ohio State, whether that be in competition, in the classroom, or in the community. ‘Buckeye Spotlight’ recognizes student-athletes who had noteworthy accomplishments both in contests and beyond the box score.

Throughout the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Ohio State Athletics continues to celebrate exceptional female student-athletes and women’s teams throughout history, highlighting a new moment or person every week. This week, Cathy Kratzert, the first Buckeye women’s golfer to win two individual Big Ten titles, is highlighted. Visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com to read more.

Here are this week’s Buckeye Spotlight student-athletes:

Ohio State Women’s Swimming & Diving Team

  • The No. 5 Buckeyes earned their first-ever dual meet win against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Jan. 21. Ohio State dominated the No. 16 Wolverines, winning the meet, 186.5-113.5.
  • It was also the first time in program history that the Buckeyes have earned dual meet wins against Michigan in consecutive seasons (2022, 2023).
  • The Buckeyes won 11 of 16 events and turned in multiple NCAA B standard times and NCAA Zones qualifying scores.

Katelyn Abein | Sr. | Pistol | Douglasville, Ga.

  • Abein had the top overall aggregate score last weekend against Navy and VMI as the Buckeyes shot a 6755 to finish in first place.
  • She had first-place showings in the air pistol (569) and sport pistol (579) along with a second-place finish in the standard pistol (556).
  • As a team, the Buckeyes had at least the top three finishers in all three events – air pistol, sport pistol and standard pistol.
  • Their strongest showing coming in the standard pistol as they swept the top five spots.

Carlos Aviles | Sr. | Men’s Track & Field | Ventura, Calif.

  • Carlos Aviles picked up his first win of the season in the shot put at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. Aviles had the five best throws of the competition with his furthest going for a season-best 18.60m.
  • Aviles also finished fourth in the weight throw (18.34m). He’s now ranked 23rd in the country in the shot put.

Jakub Dobeš | So. | Men’s Hockey | Ostrava, Czechia

  • Sophomore goalie Jakub Dobes backstopped the Buckeyes to a 2-0 road win at Wisconsin Saturday, making 27 saves for his third shutout of the season and the sixth of his Ohio State career. He is now sixth in Buckeye history in career shutouts.
  • Dobeš is second nationally in wins this year (16), ranking in the Top 15 in goals-against average (2.18) and save percentage (.921). He is one of three Ohio State candidates for the Hobey Baker Award (VOTE BUCKEYE).

Elexis Edwards | Sr. | Women’s Gymnastics | Richmond, Va.

  • Elexis Edwards scored a 9.975 on floor in the Buckeyes’ win over Iowa on Sunday.
  • The score is the highest by a Big Ten gymnast this season.
  • She scored 9.850s on vault and uneven bars to help Ohio State to a team score of 197.225, the third-best score in program history.

Jenn Gardiner | Sr. | Women’s Hockey | Surrey, B.C.

  • Jenn Gardiner led the Buckeyes with four points in the series sweep of St. Cloud State last weekend.
  • She scored the overtime goal in Ohio State’s 3-2 win over the Huskies for her first overtime game-winner of her career.
  • She now ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (.69) and assists per game (1.00). She leads the Buckeyes with 40 points on the year.

Kristian Grahovski | Fr. | Men’s Gymnastics | Penfield, N.Y.

  • Freshman Kristian Grahovski put together another stellar meet as the Buckeyes won the Navy Open with a team score of 405.350 amidst a field of six teams.
  • Grahovski won the pommel horse title with a personal-best 14.250, the Buckeyes’ highest individual score of the meet on any event excluding vault. He eclipsed his previous personal-best by 1.250. Grahovski also made his collegiate debut on high bar, earning a 13.100.
  • He now ranks 13th nationally on pommel horse and his score of 14.250 is now the fourth highest on the event in the country. Additionally, his score helped the OSU team put together the highest pommel horse team score in the country this far.
  • He was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week following his performance.

Viktor Kiss | So. | Rifle | Budapest, Hungary

  • Kiss had a team-record individual score of 593 in the smallbore on Saturday in a match against West Virginia.
  • His aggregate score of 1186 against the Mountaineers was also a program record.
  • With Kiss’ help, Ohio State raised its three score NCAA qualification average to 4703.33, which is the highest in program history and the first time in that the team has had a three score average over 4700.

Isaac Likekele | Gr. | Men’s Basketball | Houston, Texas

  • Came up huge to help stop the team’s five-game losing skid.
  • Scored a season-high 18 points and finished with game-highs of 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win over Iowa on Saturday.
  • It was his first double-double of the season and the fifth of his career.
  • He hadn’t scored more than nine points all season prior to Saturday’s game.

Jesse Mendez | Fr. | Wrestling | Crown Point, Ind.

  • Earned his “Black Shirt” last week, becoming the 12th Buckeye to do so.
  • Entered the Top 10 at 133 in Intermat rankings.
  • Improved to 9-1 on the year with win at Maryland.
  • Pinned Conner Quinn at 2:31 of the first period in 38-6 win over the Terps.

Dasha Myroniuk | Fr. | Women’s Fencing | Kiev, Ukraine

  • Dasha Myroniuk led the No. 7-ranked women’s fencing squad to a 7-3 weekend, with a 3-2 record at the St. John’s Invitational Cup Saturday and 4-1 mark at the Philly Invite Sunday.
  • The foilist was a team-best 23-5 overall, going 13-2 on day one and 12-3 on day two.
  • She was 3-0 vs. St. John’s, Columbia and Harvard in New York and again vs. NYU, Temple, Penn and St. John’s Sunday in Philly.

Sydni Ratliff | So. | Women’s Tennis | Columbus, Ohio

  • 15-ranked Sydni Ratliff, in her first match on court one in the Scarlet and Gray, posted a straight-set victory to clinch the No. 17-ranked Buckeyes’ win over No. 4 Oklahoma Sunday.
  • Facing Layne Sleeth, who has been ranked as high as sixth nationally, Ratliff posted a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win.
  • Ratliff, the 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, leads the Buckeyes with 13 singles wins overall this season and is first with eight doubles victories.

Marcia Sey | Jr. | Women’s Track & Field | London, England

  • Marcia Sey recorded two personal-bests at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday.
  • First, she ran a 7.58 in the 60m prelims, finishing fifth overall. Sey then finished the finals of the 60m hurdles in 8.25, just thousandths of a second behind the winner. Her 60m hurdles time is 21st in the country.

Paul Veltrup | So. | Men’s Fencing | Grefrath, Germany

  • Paul Veltrup paced the No. 5-ranked Buckeye men’s fencing squad to a 5-5 weekend, including a 3-2 mark Sunday in the Philly Invite.
  • He led the men’s squad with a 16-7 record over the two days, helped by an 11-3 performance Sunday. In epee, Veltrup was 3-0 against Princeton and posted two wins vs. NYU, Yale, Penn and St. John’s Sunday. Saturday, he picked up two victories vs. Notre Dame and Columbia.

Eboni Walker | Sr. | Women’s Basketball | Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Senior forward Eboni Walker had the best game of her Buckeye career on Thursday as Ohio State improved to 19-0 with an 84-54 win against Northwestern.
  • Walker totaled an Ohio State career-high eight points and six rebounds, shooting 3-of-4 from the floor and converting on both of her free throw attempts. She was incredibly efficient in her 14 minutes off the bench.

Thomas Watkins | Sr. | Men’s Swimming & Diving | Wellington, New Zealand

  • Watkins helped the No. 5 men’s swimming and diving team to a 151.5-148.5 dual meet victory against Michigan on Jan. 21; it was the team’s first dual meet win in Ann Arbor since 1951.
  • Watkins picked up a win in the 200 back, finishing in an NCAA B standard time of 1:43.94.
  • He placed third in both the 100 back (47.62) and the 200 IM (1:47.60).

Shane Wetzel | Fr. | Men’s Volleyball | Lake Mary, Fla.

  • Played in first two matches as a Buckeye last weekend.
  • Led Ohio State with 23 kills, six aces, 10 digs and 31.5 points.
  • Helped the Buckeyes to 3-0 sweeps of both Maryville and Missouri S&T.