Oct. 28, 1999

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State women’s swimming team opens its 1999-00 season against Ohio University, Friday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in Larkins Hall. The Buckeyes are looking for a successful opening to their season. %^$

%^$Similar to Ohio State, Ohio University will open its 1999-00 season this weekend against the Buckeyes as well. The Bobcats swam an intra-squad meet last Friday and swam against their alumni on Saturday.%^$

%^$Last Thursday, the OSU men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the annual Scarlet vs. Gray meet at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The meet gave the Buckeyes a lot to look forward to for the season ahead. Double winners were Heidi Hazen (Sr., Mentor, Ohio) who won both the 100 butterfly (:58.79) and the 50 freestyle. Krissy Sendrowski (So., Garden City, N.Y) won the 500 (5:11.14) and 1000 (10:29.47) freestyle events. Freshman Erika Staley (Piqua, Ohio) earned a first place finish in her first event as a Buckeye in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.77). In the end the Scarlet team defeated the Gray 102-94.%^$

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%^$Last year’s meet between the two Ohio teams was the first regular-season meet of the 1998 season. The meet came down to the relays, as OSU finished just behind OU by only three points. Divers, Melanie Johnson (So., Boca Raton, Fla.) and Carrie Ziebarth (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) captured both the one and three meter diving events respectively.%^$

%^$Three key swimmers Krissy Sendrowski (So., Garden City, N.Y.), Erica Fischer (Sr., Carson City, Nev.), and Jericho Strausbaugh (So., Upper Arlington, Ohio) were unable to compete the entire season last year but are back and ready to contribute. With loosing only three swimmers, (two seniors and one transfer), the Buckeyes are loaded with experience and depth. A Butterflyer, Sendrowski is ready show the Big Ten her talent. Fischer and Strausbaugh will both add depth to individual medley, long distance and breaststroke events respectively. Ann Stephens (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and Heidi Hazen (Sr., Mentor, Ohio) both had good seasons last year but should be faster this season after a summer of hard training. Both are looking to earn their Olympic trial cuts this season.%^$

%^$Fleck was both the women’s and men’s head coach at Northern Illinois for nine years. Last season, she led the women’s and men’s teams to third and fifth place finishes, respectively, in the Mid American Conference. For her efforts, she was named the MAC Coach of the Year. The list of swimmers she mentored at NIU is impressive. She coached a 1998 Goodwill Games finalist, a Pan-American Games team member and a 1996 Olympic trials finalist. Her teams also set 18 school records and had four swimmers named the conference’s swimmer of the year. Fleck has had an even bigger impact in the classroom. Last season, 20 swimmers finished the academic year with 3.0 or higher grade-point average, including five over 3.50. A 1987 graduate of Iowa State University, Fleck was a Big Eight Champions and team captain her senior year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education.