Dec. 15, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. Saturday to compete in the Florida Atlantic University Invite as a part of its winter training trip. The team will use the meet in preparation for its conference meets following the first of the year.

Last Time Out For The Buckeyes
Eight Buckeye swimmers traveled to Oxford, Ohio Dec. 3-5 to compete in the Miami Invitational and finished fifth of nine teams with a score of 716 points.

Freshman Griet Buelens recorded four Top-3 individual finishes, including two first-place finishes. She won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.08 and the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:54.87. Her other finishes included a second-place effort in the 200-yard freestyle and third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

The Buckeye relay teams finished in the Top 4 in all four events in which they competed. That included a win in the 400-yard medley relay. The women placed second in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay, along with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.40. Gulsah Gunenc placed third in the 400-yard individual medley, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Nicole Maglich placed second in the 400-yard individual medley and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle. In the 100-yard backstroke, senior Katie Kolles and sophomore Stephanie Fennell placed third and fourth, respectively.

Ohio State Defeats Denison
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team remained unbeaten at home with a 169-93 win over Denison Nov. 19. Winning 13 of 14 events, the women dominated almost every race, only finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle by a tenth of a second.

During the meet the women had many multiple-event winners. Nicole Maglich and Griet Buelens each won three events. Maglich won the 200- and 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. Buelens won in the 200-yard butterfly and the 100- and 500-yard freestyle events.

The Buckeyes also had two double event winners in Gulsah Gunenc and Rebekah Rychvalsky. Gunenc took the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley and Rychvalsky took both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Stephanie Fennell won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.94, almost a second ahead of the second-place finisher.

Buckeyes Top Miami
The Buckeyes defeated Miami (Ohio) 148-95 Nov. 13 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The team won 11 of 13 events.

Freshman Griet Buelens won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle, scoring a season best times in both events. Nicole Maglich also won two individual events, taking both the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle events.

Other event winners for the meet included Linda Lund in the 50-yard freestyle, Rebekah Rychvalsky in the 100-yard breaststroke and Gulsah Gunenc took the 100-yard butterfly. Both Lund and Gunenc achieved season bests for the team with these times.

The Buckeye diving team took control in the diving well, sweeping the first three spots in the 1-meter and the first four spots in the 3-meter. Amber Simmons won the 1-meter event with a score of 272.02 while Julie Broms took the 3-meter with 311.78.

Buckeyes Fall to Reigning Big Ten Champs
The squad lost to Big Ten rival Michigan, 126-112, in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 12. The team recorded several season best times. Griet Buelens won the 200-yard butterfly and obtained an NCAA B time for the second meet in a row with a time of 2:01.52. Rebekah Rychvalsky won in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.58. In the diving well, Julie Broms won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events. In the 3-meter event, the Buckeyes swept the first three spots, with Broms in first, Anesa Beard in second and Amber Simmons in third.

Buckeyes Swim Past Bearcats
The women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 167-92 Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 11 of 14 events. Griet Buelens won the 100- and 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and was on the winning relay team for the 800-yard freestyle relay. Buelens also met the 200-yard butterfly NCAA B time with a finishing time of 2:01.76, only 1.76 seconds away from the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center record. Nicole Maglich won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, while Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke for the second meet in a row. Katie Kolles won the 100-yard backstroke for the second straight meet, and Gulsah Gunenc won in the 100-yard butterfly.

Buckeyes Win Every Event to Defeat The Falcons 206.5-93.5
Ohio State defeated Bowling Green 206.5-93.5 by winning every event in its season opener. The diving squad swept both the 1- and 3-meter events. Four Buckeyes were multiple-event winners. Nicole Maglich won the 100- and 1,000-yard freestyle and had the fastest split time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Also winning two events was Linda Lund taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly while Griet Buelens took wins in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Other event winners in the meet were Katie Kolles, Samantha Johnson, Stephanie Fennell, Gulsah Gunenc, Ashley Bourland, and Anesa Beard.

Coach Jeanne Fleck
Head women’s swimming coach Jeanne Fleck is in her sixth season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s swimming program. She has become accustomed to her teams displaying excellence in the water and in the classroom throughout her coaching career.

Fleck has geared the Buckeyes to one school record and two pool records while getting her student-athletes to set personal bests almost every week. The Buckeyes had the highest grade point average in the Big Ten conference and was ranked ninth in the country during fall quarter last year. In five seasons, Fleck has had 25 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 57 OSU Scholar-Athletes.

About Coach Panzano
Vince Panzano is in his 27th year as coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, ten NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 43 Big Ten champions and 66 NCAA All-Americans.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will return to action Jan. 8. They will play host to Indiana, in a Big Ten meet at 1 p.m.