Oct. 26, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will kick off its 2004-05 season against Bowling Green Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.

A Look At The Buckeye Swimmers
The women’s swimming and diving team has much to build on for the 2004-05 season. At the Big Ten championships last year, the Buckeyes placed eighth, one spot higher than their performace the previous season and scored 24 more points than they had the year before. Huge strides were made in dual meet action with the team winning two Big Ten meets and narrowly losing the other three by seven points. Coach Fleck is expecting the momentum created during last season’s improvements to carry over and drive the team to new heights this season.

“The girls are really excited and we’re such a young team that I think the momentum’s going to be there,” Fleck said.

The Buckeyes are expecting many freshmen and returnees to step up and add high energy to the team. Ashley Barnes is a co-captain who is expected to lead the Buckeyes this year. She placed first place in the 50-yard freestyle against Bowling Green last season and second in the same event against Michigan. She also helped contribute to the season best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Big Ten championships.

The Buckeyes also will rely on co-captain Katie Kolles, who also contributed to the 200-yard freestyle relay team. Kolles also placed second in the 100-yard backstroke during two dual meets last season and was a co-recipient of the team’s Academic Excellence award.

Kylie Lancken is returning to the Buckeyes from a season when she helped post season-best times in three different events. She set a personal best (58.10) in the 100-yard butterfly. Kim Bojko will also provide strength in the individual medlies. In the butterfly events, the Buckeyes are returning Olympian Gulsah Gunenc to the pool. Gunenc competed for her home country of Turkey at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week Feb. 9th for her efforts in the meet against Tennessee.

A Look at the Buckeye Divers
The upcoming season should be another fantastic season for Vince Panzano, thye Ohio State diving coach who is now in his 27th year at the helm. Four sophomores will be competing for the Buckeyes. All four of the women scored points for the team and advanced to the finals at the Big Ten championships.

Ashley Bourland returns after earning honorable mention All-America honors for her 12th-place finish on the platform at the NCAA meet. She also placed fifth in the same event at the Big Ten championships.

Julie Broms took first place 13 times during the dual-meet season last year. She is expected to improve her performances and continue to contribute to the team.

Anesa Beard and Amber Simmons both are returning after qualifying for the NCAA meet in the 1-meter dive.

All four women are expected to contribute greatly and have great success this season.

Scouting Bowling Green
The 2004-05 Bowling Green women’s swimming and diving team is looking to improve upon its third-place showing at the 2004 Mid-Ameircan Conference Championships.

Under the guidance of third-year head coach Keri Buff, the Falcons have garnered 12 Top 8 finishes in the MAC championships, as well as its first conference individual champion. Senior Erin Dilkes, who finished seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in the MAC meet, will help to lead the team as it looks to improve its dual meet season and work toward the MAC championships.

Last weekend, the women team competed in the annual Tom Stubbs Relays, winning the 800-yard freestyle relay, and placing second in the 300-yard butterfly relay, the 1,500-yard freestyle relay and the 500-yard freestyle relay.

Last Time vs. Falcons
Ohio State defeated Bowling Green Oct. 31, 2003 by a score of 134-99. Winning on the road, the Buckeyes had first-place finishes in every event in the season opener.

Nicole Maglich placed first in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle. Kylie Lancken, Katie Severson, Ashley Barnes, Deanna Strunk, Julie Broms and Anesa Beard were the other Buckeyes to place first in the meet.

Scarlet vs. Gray Meet
The annual Scarlet and Gray meet was held last Friday. The meet was an exhibition in preparation for the upcoming season. The Scarlet team managed to have two swimmers win numerous events. Nicole Maglich won placed first in the 200-, 500-, and 1,000-yard freestyle events. Linda Lund won two events, the 50- and the 100-yard freestyle.

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 play host to the Cincinnati Bearcats at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.