Oct. 24, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will kick off its 2002–03 season against the Ohio University Bobcats at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center Friday at 5 p.m.

The women’s swimming and diving team has much to build on for the 2002-2003 season. At the 2002 Big Ten Championships, 99 out of the 116 points scored were by freshmen and sophomores. This season, incoming standout freshmen will be expected to step up and contribute.

Though 2001-02 seemed like a bitter trial for the team, Coach Jeanne Fleck has high hopes for this season.

“We are looking forward to competition,” Fleck said. “I believe that this year our team has higher expectations and we are ready to compete and show our talents.”

The Buckeyes are expecting many freshmen and returnees to step up and add high energy to the team.

Amanda Treleaven is a top returnee who is expected to lead the Buckeyes this year. Amanda holds the school record in the 100 backstroke (56.39), pool records in the 800 freestyle and 200 freestyle with times 7:25.54 and 2:02.53.

The Buckeyes also will rely on Stacy Lowry, who is one of the team captains and top 200 flyer with a top time of 2:09.17.

“Stacy provides a lot of motivation and inspiration to our team,” Fleck said. Nicole Hamilton, is also a team captain, who provides a lot of energy and motivation to the team.

Kim Bojko will also provide strength in the individual medlies and is expected to help take the Buckeyes to the next level of competition.

Katie Severson and Stephanie Raezar will also provide the Buckeyes with depth and should score high points at against Ohio University.

Kylie Lancken is expected to contribute to the Buckeyes. Lancken scored several big points in the annual Scarlet and Gray meet. Lancken also holds season’s best in four events and is expected to step up in this meet against Ohio University.

Kristina Lipkis also had a strong showing at the Scarlet and Gray meet. She may be able to step up against the Bobcats and score high points inthe 100 yard backstroke and the 200 yard freestyle events.

The upcoming season should be another stellar year for Vince Panzano, Ohio State’s diving coach, now entering his 25th season at the helm.

Melanie Johnson placed in the Top 5 during the regular season. Johnson recorded best scores in the 1- and 3-meter dive.

Jillian Cicione placed in the Top 5 during regular season and is expected to have a even better season.

Natalia Diea is also expected to provide the Buckeyes with some competitive experience on the team. Diea was red shirted last year and is very excited about her return.

The diving team also adds one newcomer, Racheal Pichacz, who was a east coast national qualifier and conference champion.

Ohio State was defeated on Oct. 26, 2001 by 142-99. Though defeated the women’s swimming and diving team contributed big points in 3 events.

Amanda Treleaven stepped up for the Buckeyes in the 200 backstrsoke with a time of 2:03.51 event.

Melanie Johnson won the 3-meter event with a score of 277.65. Jillian Cicione provided depth in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 243.68.

The annual Scarlet and Gray meet was held on Oct. 11, 2002.

Newcomers and returnees contributed heavily to the meet. Deanna Strunk, Marianne Sharp, Nicole Maglich, Nicole Maglich, Kylie Lancken and Stacy Lowry contributed heavily to the gray team in individual events. Collectively these swimmers racked in 70 points.

Although, the scarlet team was defeated Stephanie Raezar, Amanda Treleaven, Ashley Routson, Kim Reinhardt, Ashley Barnes, Meghan Mahoney, Nicole Hamilton and Natrale Bojko stepped up for the scarlet team in the individual events.

The gray team won 102-95.

The 2002-03 Buckeyes features a strong class of a nine freshmen.

“The team will be more competitive and energetic this year. With nine newcomers and experienced returnees, the Buckeyes should come out with more speed and energy,” Fleck said.

The class includes: Erin Greene, Nicole Maglich, Kimberly Reinhardt, Lindsey Smith, Marianne Sharp, Natalie Bojko, Morgan O’Connor, Meghan Mahoney and Deanna Strunk.

Erin Greene, Lindsey Smith, Morgan O’Connor, Nicole Maglich and Meghan Mahoney are all expected to contribute in the freestyle events. Marianne Sharp is expected to contribute in the breaststroke event. Deanna Strunk and Kimberly Reinhardt are expected to step up in the IM and backstroke events. Natalie Bojko will contribute in the butterfly event.

Coach Jeanne Fleck, enters her fourth season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s swimming program looking for her team to display excellence both in the water and classroom. She has become accustomed to both throughout her coaching career.

The Buckeyes also excelled in the classroom with an overall grade point average of 3.34 last season.

It was no coincidence that seven Buckeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten following the winter quarter and that 16 earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors. As a unit, the Ohio State women’s swimming program took home team Academic All-America honors awarded by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the 2001-02 season. In three seasons, Fleck has engineered 25 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 41 OSU Scholar-Athlete honors. Fleck has geared the Buckeyes to one school record and two pool records.