Feb. 2, 2003


Columbus, OH – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team closed off its regular season with a 177.5-109.5 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Deanna Strunk (Fr., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) was a double winner, finishing first in the 100-yard butterfly (57.96) as well as the 200 individual medley (2:11.35). Strunk’s two wins give her a total of 7 wins in her last 3 meets and a team-best 19 on the season. The Buckeyes finish the 2002-03 season at 7-6 and 0-5 in Big Ten play.

In the loss, the Buckeyes set season’s best times in the 200 medley relay and the 500 freestyle. Amanda Treleaven (Colonial Light, Australia/Norwood), Stephanie Raezer (Neward, Del./Glasgow), Strunk and Katie Severson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) combined to set the 200 medley relay mark at 1:50.57 in a second-place effort, while Raezer set the team’s mark in the 500 free at 5:00.71, also finishing in second.

While Strunk’s wins were the only first-place finishes the Buckeyes took on the afternoon in the swimming pool, the Buckeyes ruled the diving well. Natalia Diea (Sr., Austin, Texas/University of Texas) took the 1-meter dive with a score for 284.40, while fellow senior Melanie Johnson (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympic Heights) scored her first gold finish of the season, taking the 3-meter (293.25) in just her second meet.

Vicky West and Erin Swenson, who were double individual winners, led the Wildcats on the afternoon and aided a Northwestern sweep of freestyle events. West took the 500 (4:58.84) and 1,000 free (10:08.17) while Swenson won the 100 (52.61) and 200 free (1:52.33). Carmen Cosgrove also helped as a triple winner. She was part of the team’s first-place finishes in the 200 medley relay (1:45.02) and 800 freestyle relay (7:41.69) and won the 200 butterfly at 2:00.85.

Ohio State will now have two and a half weeks off before it heads to West Lafayette, Ind. for the 2003 Big Ten Championships, Feb. 19-22 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

Event Winners Time 200 Medley Relay Northwestern 1:45.02 1,000 Freestyle Vicky West (NU) 10:08.17 200 Freestyle Erin Swenson (NU) 1:52.33 100 Backstroke Katie Paglini (NU) 57.42 100 Breaststroke Brielle Bovee (NU) 1:05.56 200 Butterfly Carmen Cosgrove (NU) 2:00.85 50 Freestyle Maria Reeves (NU) 23.93 100 Freestyle Erin Swenson (NU) 52.61 200 Backstroke Katie Paglini (NU) 2:04.83 200 Breaststroke Katie Simmons (NU) 2:22.88 500 Freestyle Vicky West (NU) 4:58.84 100 Butterfly Deanna Strunk (OSU) 59.76 200 IM Deanna Strunk (OSU) 2:11.35 800 Freestyle Relay Northwestern 7:41.69

Event Winners Score 1-Meter Dive Natalia Diea (OSU) 284.40 3-Meter Dive Melanie Johnson (OSU) 293.25