April 22, 2002

Columbus, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team held its annual awards banquet at the Faculty Club on campus this weekend to honor the student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2001-02 season.

Senior Kristin Sander received MVP honors for the Buckeyes after receiving most inspirational swimmer status as a junior. Sander competed in the 200 and 500 freestyle events for the Buckeyes and was a main leg in 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay events. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete selection. Sander also helped the 800 freestyle relay team set a new Mike Peppe Aquatic Center record with a time of 7:31.59.

Most Improved accolades went to sophomore Stephanie Raezer. Raezer swam the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events along with the 200 individual medley. She recorded team best times in all three of her respected events. Raezer improved her 1,650 freestyle time by more than five seconds in 2002.

The most inspirational award went to junior Stacy Lowry. Lowry is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She was consistent force for the Buckeyes in the butterfly and IM events. Lowry was also named co-captain for the 2002-03 season.

Freshman Kylie Lancken was the recipient of the Rookie of the Year award. The Australian native arrived on campus mid-season and gave the Buckeyes a boost in the freestyle and relay events. She also was part of the 800 freestyle relay team that posted a new pool record.

Along side Lowry was junior Nicole Hamilton receiving co-captain honors for the 2002-03 season. Hamilton was OSU’s most improved swimmer last season and will be looked upon for even better things, particularly in the freestyle events, next season. Hamilton is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Coach Jeanne Fleck was very proud of her team and the recipients and says the best is yet to come for her young Buckeye squad.

“I’m very proud of my team and their individual and team accomplishments, especially our seniors,” Fleck said. “We had a lot of swimmers make drastic individual improvements this year and I’m very excited to compete next year with the experience we have returning.”

Seven swimmers received Academic All-Big Ten honors. Those recipients included:

Name Year GPA Major Hometown Kimberly Bojko So. 3.41 Human Development North Canton, Ohio Nicole Hamilton Jr. 3.68 Psychology North Canton, Ohio Stacy Lowry Jr. 3.69 Human Development Mechanicsburgh, Pa. Amanda Messmer Sr. 3.33 Occupational Therapy Fenton, Ohio Kristen Sander Sr. 3.27 Human Development Cincinnati, Ohio Katie Severson So. 3.78 Chemical Engineering Cincinnati, Ohio Amanda Treleaven So. 3.71 Communications Adelaide, Australia

The Buckeyes have much to build on for the 2002-03 season. At the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, 99 points out of the 116 scored were by freshman and sophomores. The youngsters posted top times in 12 of 14 events for the Buckeyes.

Sophomore Stephanie Raezer tallied five top times for the Buckeyes, the most on the team, as she recorded team bests in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle and the 200 and 400 individual medley. Katie Severson posted individual top times in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Sophomore Amanda Treleaven and junior Erika Staley each posted two top times in the back and breaststroke events, respectively. Freshman Kylie Lancken arrived from Australia mid-season to give the Buckeyes a boost in the freestyle and relay events. Lancken posted top times in the 200 freestyle and four different relay events.

Leading the way for the divers were juniors Melanie Johnson and Jillian Cicione as they both consistently placed in the top five during the regular season. Johnson recorded season best scores in the one and three meter dive. Senior All-American diver Natalia Diea also is expected to return to the pool for the Buckeyes after sitting out the 2002 season.

The squad also excelled in the classroom, recording an overall grade point average of 3.34 with seven earning Academic All-Big Ten honors.