Feb. 8, 2004


The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team concluded its dual-meet season with a 151.5-147.5 loss to Tennessee Sunday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The Buckeyes entered the last event of the meet ahead of the Volunteers, but missed the first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay for the meet win.

Gulsah Gunenc (Fr., Edirne, Turkey/Edirne Anatolian) was a double-event winner in the butterfly events, placing first in the 200-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 2:02.67 and in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.48. Dominating in the breaststroke, Rebekah Rychvalsky (Fr., Sydney, Australia/Castle Hill) was also a double-event winner with a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.80 and in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.08.

Nicole Maglich (So., Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:16.49 and Deanna Strunk (So., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:25.51.

Finishing the second to last event behind the Volunteers 134-128, the diving squad earned a 1-2-5 finish in the 3-meter dive to bring Ohio State the lead before the final event. Julie Broms (Fr., Springfield, Ill./North Central[Ind.]) led the Buckeyes with 321.45 points in the 3-meter dive for the win, defeating three-time All-American diver Lauryn McCalley by more than 21 points.

Ohio State finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a season-best time of 3:30.68, bringing its final score short of four points from the Volunteers. The Buckeyes conclude the dual-meet season 9-5 on the year.

“It was a great meet, but we are tired of losing the close ones,” Jeanne Fleck, women’s head swimming coach, said. “The seniors did a great job and we will miss them, but I feel good about where this team is going.”

The Buckeyes look to the 2004 Big Ten Championships Feb. 18-21 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the University Aquatic Center.

Event Winners Time 200 Medley Relay Tennessee 1:45.47 1,000 Freestyle Nicole Maglich (OSU) 10:16.49 200 Freestyle Megan Tomes (UT) 1:50.35 100 Backstroke Jacque Fessel (UT) 56.46 100 Breaststroke Rebekah Rychvalsky (OSU) 1:04.89 200 Butterfly Gulsah Gunenc (OSU) 2:02.67 50 Freestyle Abbi Terveer (UT) 23.90 100 Freestyle Abbi Terveer (UT) 52.16 200 Backstroke Jacque Fessel (UT) 2:02.52 200 Breaststroke Rebekah Rychvalsky (OSU) 2:19.08 500 Freestyle Megan Tomes (UT) 4:54.41 100 Butterfly Gulsah Gunenc (OSU) 57.48 400 Individual Medley Deanna Strunk (OSU) 4:25.51 400 Freestyle Relay Tennessee 3:27.63

Event Winners Score 1-Meter Dive Lauryn McCalley (UT) 313.20 3-Meter Dive Julie Broms (OSU) 321.45