Jan. 18, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Sean Melton, Gymnastics
    • In Chicago for the Windy City Classic over the weekend, Melton placed first in three events: rings (15.450), vault (15.350) and parallel bars (15.100). The effort earned him Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, the first Buckeye to be recognized for that achievement since March 2015.
  • Karrington Winters/SoSo Walker/Aaliyah Barnes/Beatrice Hannan, Track & Field
    • The 4×400 team over the weekend raced to a time of 3:36.16, the fastest in the NCAA this season and the second-fastest in Ohio State indoor track history.

Men’s Basketball (12-7, 4-2)

  • Freshman JaQuan Lyle recorded the fifth triple-double in program history last week in the team’s 94-68 victory over Rutgers, scoring 16 points while dishing out 11 assists and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds.

No. 5 Women’s Basketball (13-4, 5-1 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes split their games last week with the victory coming via a 90-70 rout against Purdue. Guards Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell combined for 52 points on the day. The team shot a season-best 58.6 percent from the floor against the Boilermakers.
  • Alston and Mitchell were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 List on Friday. Both players were named to the Preseason Top 30 at the start of the year. Mitchell was a quarterfinalist for the award last year as a freshman.

No. 11 Wrestling

  • Ohio State won six of nine matches that were contested – three via bonus points – including the most important one of all: the winner-take-all bout at 285 pounds in its 21-17 win over No. 7 Nebraska.
  • Kyle Snyder made his much-anticipated return to the mat for the Buckeyes, winning the decisive 285 match to hand Ohio State the victory.
  • In addition, Nathan Tomasello also rolled to a major decision at 125 pounds while Micah Jordan dispatched Anthony Abidin by major decision at 141 pounds.

Men’s Ice Hockey (6-12-2, 1-3-2)

  • Ohio State split its series with Michigan, earning and extra point in the standings after Friday’s shootout victory over the Wolverines.
  • Anthony Greco’s goal with 6.9 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and freshman Dakota Joshua won it for the Buckeyes thanks to his shootout goal in the ninth round.
  • Mason Jobst filled the box score this weekend, scoring two goals and recording five assists in Ohio State’s two games.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball

  • Two matches, two victories for Ohio State last week. The Buckeyes took down George Mason and Erskine, both in straight sets.
  • Nicolas Szerszen accounted for 18 kills individually with a lone error on 22 attempts; recording a career-high .773 hitting efficiency. Blake Leeson was a part of five of the six blocks Ohio State had on the night, registering two solo stuffs as well.
  • Freshman setter Sanil Thomas guided the Buckeyes to a .429 team attacking percentage in his first career start, distributing 32 assists to six different teammates recording at least one kill.

No. 2 Men’s Gymnastics

  • The Buckeyes swept the Big Ten Weekly Awards after a runner-up finish at the Windy City Invitational on Sunday. Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Tristan Burke claimed B1G Freshman of the Week honors.
  • In Chicago this weekend, Melton finished first overall on three events: rings (15.450), vault (15.350) and parallel bars (15.100). His scores on rings and vault rank second in the NCAA so far this year, while his parallel bar total is No. 4 nationally.
  • Burke was the all-around champion in his college debut with a score of 86.000, defeating 2015 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year Bobby Baker. Burke posted the top team score on floor (14.850) and was one of two Buckeyes to post a 15.000 or higher on vault

No. 17 Men’s Swimming & Diving

  • In a return to the pool for both squads, Ohio State soundly defeated Michigan State 186-101 to remain undefeated in dual meets this season.
  • Matt McHugh posted an Olympic Trial qualifying time in the 50 free during long course time trials, and during the dual meet on Saturday won both of his individual events: the 50 free (20.50) and the 100 butterfly (49.18)

No. 23 Women’s Swimming & Diving

  • A 182-104 dual meet win over Michigan State marked the return of the Buckeyes over the weekend. The fastest time in each event was posted by an Ohio State swimmer.
  • Rachael Dzierzak became the latest Ohio State swimmer to qualify for 2016 Olympic Trials, posting a qualifying time in the 50 freestyle during time trials that were hosted on Friday evening.
  • On the diving board, Hannah Thek swept both the one and three-meter diving events for Ohio State.

Track and Field

Synchronized Swimming

  • Ohio State opened the 2016 season with a solid performance, winning the OSU Invitational Saturday afternoon at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes finished with 94 points, besting Michigan (64.5), Miami University (24.5) and Wright State (20).
  • Emma Baranski won both the solo routine (81.7667) as well as the duet, teaming up with Monica Velazquez-Stiak for a score of 84.6000. Baranski then capped her day with a win in the A figures competition with a score of 81.6000

No. 18 Women’s Tennis (2-0-0)

  • Spring season is now in full swing after a pair of wins against in-state foes Bowling Green and Xavier over the weekend. Ohio State shutout the Falcons and won 6-1 over the Musketeers.
  • Individually, Grainne O’Neill and Nicole Flower led the way as each cruised to 6-0, 6-0 wins in singles matches against BGSU.


  • Twenty-three members of Ohio State’s fencing team competed in the January North American Cup this past weekend in St. Louis, Mo. The Buckeyes’ performance was highlighted by a silver medal from epee fencer Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 20

  • Men’s Tennis vs. Dayton/Butler/Xavier, All Day – Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, Jan. 21

  • Women’s Basketball at Michigan, 6 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Men’s Basketball at Purdue, 9 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.

Friday, Jan. 22

  • Track & Field – Power 5 Conference Clash, All Day – Birmingham, Ala.
  • Women’s Tennis vs. Pepperdine – ITA Kick-Off Weekend, 11 a.m. – Fort Worth, Texas
  • Women’s Hockey at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m. – Mankato, Minn.
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Coker, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Hockey vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Jan. 23

  • Track & Field – Power 5 Conference Clash, All Day – Birmingham, Ala.
  • Women’s Tennis vs. TCU or Houston – ITA Kick-Off Weekend, TBA – Fort Worth, Texas
  • Rifle vs. UTEP, TBA – El Paso, Texas
  • Men’s Tennis vs. Wichita State, 10 a.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Navy (Exhibition), 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Hockey at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m. – Mankato, Minn.
  • Pistol at Navy, 5 p.m. – Annapolis, Md.
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Pfeiffer, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Hockey vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Gymnastics at Iowa, 8 p.m. – Iowa City, Iowa

Sunday, Jan. 24

  • Fencing – NYU Duals, All Day – New York, N.Y.
  • Rifle vs. UTEP, TBA – El Paso, Texas
  • Pistol at Navy, 8 a.m. – Annapolis, Md.
  • Men’s Tennis vs. South Carolina/Denver, 10 a.m./1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. – Cleveland Ohio (Walsh Jesuit High School)
  • Men’s Gymnastics vs. Cal/Stanford, 3 p.m. – Berkeley, Calif.
  • Women’s Basketball at Rutgers, 3 p.m. – Piscataway, N.J.
  • Men’s Tennis vs. Toledo, 5:30 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio