Oct. 29, 2004


COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team opened the season with a 206.50-93.50 victory over Bowling Green Thursday night. The Buckeyes placed first in every event of the night.

The team had many multiple winners. Nicole Maglich (Jr., Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) won the 100- and 1,000-yard freestyle and had the fastest split time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Rebekah Rychvalsky (So., Sydney, Austrailia/Castle Hill) won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Also winning in two events was Linda Lund (Fr., Roennede, Denmark/Hasley) taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, and Griet Buelens (Fr., Kapelle, Belgium/Ursulinen Mechelen) taking the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

Katie Kolles (Sr., Edina, Minn./Edina) won the 100-yard backstroke, Stephanie Fennell (So. Campbellville, Ontario/Milton District) took the 200-yard backstroke and Samantha Johnson (Fr., Cleveland, Ohio/Hawken) placed first in the 400-yard individual medley. Gulsah Gunenc (So., Edirne, Turkey/Edirne Anatolian) won the 200-yard butterfly in a close race that came down to the touch.

The diving squad also made a strong showing, sweeping both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events. Ashley Bourland (So., The Woodlands, Texas/Montgomery) won the 1-meter event with a score of 249.60. Anesa Beard (So., Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) won the 3-meter event with a score of 268365.

“I am really, really pleased with the meet,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s head coach, said. “Everyone really stepped up their performances. The freshmen were not intimidated and not scared to get out there and compete. Our goal was to not get touched-out in the final 12 ½ yards and we did really great in making sure that did not happen. We are a young team. We have good freshmen, sophomores and juniors, so that really is going to help. We just have to keep on winning. It is our last season in Peppe Pool, and we do not want to loose one.

The Buckeye’s will play host to the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.

Event Swimmer(s) Time 200-yard Medley Relay Ohio State 1:49.39 1,000-yard Freestyle Nicole Maglich (OSU) 10:16.69 200-yard Freestyle Griet Buelens (OSU) 1:52.65 100-yard Backstroke Katie Kolles (OSU) 59.69 100-yard Breaststroke Rebekah Rychvalsky (OSU) 1:06.80 200-yard Butterfly Gulsah Gunenc (OSU) 2:06.12 50-yard Freestyle Linda Lund (OSU) 24.67 100-yard Freestyle Nicole Maglich (OSU) 52.91 200-yard Backstroke Stephanie Fennell (OSU) 2:08.82 200-yard Breaststroke Rebekah Rychvalsky (OSU) 2:24.99 500-yard Freestyle Griet Buelens (OSU) 4:59.23 100-yard Butterfly Linda Lund (OSU) 58.24 400-yard Individual Medley Samantha Johnson (OSU) 4:37.73 200-yard Freestyle Relay Ohio State 1:37.95

Event Diver Score 1-Meter Dive Ashley Bourland (OSU) 249.60 3-Meter Dive Anesa Beard (OSU) 268.65