Feb. 19, 2003


Columbus, OH – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (7-6 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) kicked off competition at the 2003 Big Ten Championships Wednesday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind., competing in two relay events. The team took 11th in both races, setting team season’s bests in both competitions.

The Buckeye team of Amanda Treleaven (Sr., Colonial Light Australia/Norwood), Stephanie Raezer (Jr., Newark, Del./Glasgow), Deanna Strunk (Fr., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) and Katie Severson (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) finished the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.04, more than four and a half seconds better than the team’s previous season best set by the same four swimmers during the team’s final dual meet at Northwestern on Feb. 1.

Penn State took home the conference meet’s first championship with a victory in the 200 medley relay, setting a Big Ten record in the event at 1:39.41. The Nittany Lions held the previous Big Ten record of 1:40.31, set at the 2001 Big Ten Championships. The winning time also was a Boilermaker Aquatic Center record and an NCAA qualifying time. Following Penn State was Purdue (1:40.37), Michigan (1:40.65), Wisconsin (1:41.32), Indiana (1:42.48) and Minnesota (1:42.72), all of which beat the former pool record.

The Buckeye 800 freestyle relay team consisting of Raezer, Kylie Lancken (So., Sydney, Australia/Ravenswood), Abby Grantstein (So., Wichita, Kan./East Wichita) and Lindsay Goodson (Jr., San Ramon, Calif./Carondelet) , touched the wall at 7:36.48, more than 21 seconds of an improvement on the team’s previous season best, also set at Northwestern.

Winning the 800 free relay was Wisconsin, whose time of 7:07.30 shattered the previous Big Ten record of 7:14.60, set last season by the Badgers. The team was followed by Indiana (7:13.76), who also broke the Big Ten record, and Michigan (7:15.25).

The team will resume competition at the meet at 11 a.m., tomorrow, with a morning session of preliminary heats. The finals for events Thursday will be held during the evening session at 7 p.m. Competitions Thursday include the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, the 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay and 1-meter diving. The championships run through Saturday in West Lafayette, featuring morning and evening sessions held each day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

2003 Big Ten Championships – Event Summary Event Winner Time Top Buckeye Finisher(s) Place Time 200 Medley Relay Penn State 1:39.41 Treleaven, Raezer, 11th 1:46.04* Strunk, Severson 800 Freestyle Relay Wisconsin 7:07.30 Raezer, Lancken, 11th 7:36.48* Grantstein, Goodson

*-Ohio State team season’s best

2003 Big Ten Championships – Standings (Through Two Events) 1. Wisconsin 70 Penn State 70 3. Michigan 64 4. Indiana 62 Purdue 62 6. Minnesota 52 7. Northwestern 48 8. Illinois 40 9. Iowa 36 10. Michigan State 32 11. Ohio State 24