Feb. 17, 2005


Nicole Maglich guided Ohio State in its second day of competition at the 2005 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Bloomington, Ind. Maglich, a junior from Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota) recorded her second NCAA `B’ qualifying time of the meet when she reached the wall fourth in the 500-yard freestyle relay. The Buckeyes have recorded seven lifetime-best and six season-best times during the first two days of competition.

Maglich began the day for the Buckeyes with a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle preliminary, seeding her in the Championship Final with a time of 4:48.09. She then swam to a fourth-place finish in the evening final, recording her second NCAA `B’ qualifying mark of the meet with a time of 4:46.16. Her time is a lifetime-best time, a season-best time for the Buckeyes and the third-fastest time in Ohio State history. Maglich recorded her first qualifying time Wednesday in the opening 200-yard stretch of the 800-yard freestyle relay. Maglich’s split for the event was 1:47.81, the second-fastest time in Ohio State history, a lifetime-best for Maglich and currently placing her 19th among the country’s fastest times.

In the 200-yard individual medley race, Stephanie Fennell (So., Cambellville, Ontario/Milton District) was the fastest for the Buckeyes, clocking in at a season-best time of 2:08.55. Ashley Barnes (Sr., Lexington, Ky./Dunbar) also recorded a season-best time for the Buckeyes, touching the wall in the 50-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 23.99. The 200-yard freestyle relay team recorded a season best time of 1:34.24, placing 11th overall.

The Buckeye divers began their championship today with the 1-meter event. During preliminaries, Julie Broms (So., Springfield, Ill./North Central) scored 292.85 points and finished eighth to move onto the event finals. During the event final, she scored 302.20 points to claim the sixth spot overall and a season-high for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is in 10th place with 80 points but is only 11 points out of seventh place. Through seven events, Penn State leads Michigan in the overall standings, 238-199. The Big Ten championships continue through Saturday.

Thursday Event Results 200-yard freestyle relay (Ohio State finishes in bold)

1. Michigan 1:29.56 11. Ohio State 1:34.24

500-yard freestyle 1. Carly Piper (WIS) 4:42.00 4. Nicole Maglich 4:46.16 18. Griet Buelens 4:57.18 43. Abigail Granstein 5:09.02 48. Erin Greene 5:12.65 49. Katie Kellner 5:14.63 52. Kearstin Heatrick 5:18.00 56. Kristina Lipskis 5:22.12

200-yard individual medley 1. Justine Mueller (UM) 1:57.78 27. Stephanie Fennell 2:08.55 29. Samantha Johnson 2:08.59 30. Gulsah Gunenc 2:09.48 41. Liz Osterer 2:14.24 43. Rebekah Rychvalsky 2:14.85

50-yard freestyle 1. Kaitlyn Brady (UM) 22.48 44. Ashley Barnes 23.99 50. Annie Rennebohm 24.13 53. Linda Lund 24.26 57. Katie Kolles 24.34 60. Kylie Lancken 24.36 70. Morgan O’Connor 24.65 78. Kati Wall 24.89 81. Erin Church 25.00 92. Natalie Bojko 25.63

1-meter 1. Christina Loukas (IND) 332.70 6. Julie Broms 292.85 11. Anesa Beard 259.80 28. Ashley Bourland 213.75

Women – Team Rankings – Through Seven Events 1. Penn State 238 2. Michigan 199 3. Indiana 183 4. Wisconsin 181 5. Purdue 145 6. Minnesota 122 7. Iowa 91 8. Illinois 85 9. Northwestern 83 10. Ohio State 80 11. Michigan State 53