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Ohio Swim and Dive Concludes Day Three of MACs in Fifth Compiling 13 Top-10 Records and 2 School Records

Ohio Swim and Dive Concludes Day Three of MACs in Fifth Compiling 13 Top-10 Records and 2 School Records

AKRON, Ohio – Ohio swimming and diving (5-3, 1-3 MAC) concluded Day Three of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships this evening (Mar. 1) compiling 13 new All-Time Top-10 in program history records, two of which are new school records, and a fifth-place standing with 271 total points at Ocasek Natatorium.

"Believe in yourself and in your teammates, has been the message all year," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "Today we put ourselves in position with countless best times in prelims to have a chance to score well at night. We had 12 individual swims tonight, broke two school records and finished 3rd in a relay to finish. I don't know when the last time that has happened here but it's been a while!"

Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) set her second school record of the MAC Championships tonight in the 400-yard IM event while freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio) set a new school record of her own in the 100-yard breaststroke event.

OHIO SWIMMING
In the 400-yard IM preliminary round, Schlegel and sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) earned spots in the A finals with times of 4:16.60 and 4:18.72 respectively. With these times, Schlegel and Glass both entered the All-Time Top 10 in program history record book however both Schlegel and Glass would go on to drop time in the A final. Schlegel set a new school record with a time of 4:14.56 and earned the bronze medal while Glass beat her own personal best to remain 3rd in the All-Time Top 10 in program history record book with a time of 4:17.85 for a fifth-place finish. Sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) earned a spot in the B final with a time of 4:22.68, a time that earned her a place in the All-time Top-10 in program history record book. Garrity went on to record a swim time of 4:20.62 that resulted in a 15th place finish and moved her to 7th in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.

The 100-yard butterfly preliminary round followed as senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) and freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio) earned spots in the A finals with times of 53.87 and 54.50 respectively. Sheehan entered the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with her performance. Van Lanen went on to earn the bronze medal with a time of 53.07 and Sheehan went on to earn fifth-place and take over the 6th spot in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with a time of 54.16.

Next, the 200-yard freestyle preliminary round, resulted in a B finals spot for freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.) with a time of 1:50.94. Haschemeyer went on to finish 13th with a time of 1:50.21 and moved to 9th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.

In the 100-yard breaststroke preliminary round, Morgan earned a spot in the A finals and set a new school record with a time of 1:01.01. Redshirt junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) also earned a spot in the A finals and earned the 2nd spot in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with a time of 1:01.36, a time that broke the previous school record. Senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) and senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.) both earned spots in the B finals with times of 1:03.49 and 1:03.47 respectively. Ortner and Hornstra both entered the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with their performance. Morgan went on to clinch the bronze medal with a time of 1:01.04, Lahtinen went on to clinch sixth-place and hold 2nd in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book, Ortner went on to place 12th overall and earn 6th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with a time of 1:03.34 and Hornstra went on to place 13th overall and earn 7th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.

In the 100-yard backstroke preliminary round, Sheehan and freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda) both earned spots in the B finals and in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book with times of 56.07 and 56.10 respectively. Sheehan went on to finish with a time of 55.93 and claim 10th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book while Aravantinou went on to finish with a time of 55.77 and claim 9th in the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.

Ohio concluded Day Three of the MAC Championships with a bronze medal in the 400-yard medley relay event. Ohio's team consisting of Aravantinou, Morgan, Sheehan, and Van Lanen as anchor posted a time of 3:40.08 that clinched the 3rd spot in All-Time Top-10 in program history record book.

"We cheered hard and have created so much positive energy on deck. Everyone is buying in," said Norman.

OHIO DIVING
In the 3-meter dive preliminary session, redshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) finished ninth with a score of 246.50, freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.) finished 14th with a score of 235.85 and senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) finished 21st with a score of 219.60. The 3-meter Dive finals are scheduled for tomorrow (Mar. 2) evening after the 200-yard butterfly finals.

MAC Championships Standings After Day Three
1. Akron: 564 points
2. Eastern Michigan: 368 points
3. Buffalo: 339 points
4. Miami: 320 points
5: Ohio: 271 points
6. Bowling Green: 209 points
7. Toledo: 124 points
8. Ball State: 122 points 

UP NEXT
Ohio will return to action tomorrow (Mar. 2) for the final day, Day Four, of the 2019 MAC Championships beginning with the preliminary rounds of the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, and the 200-yard butterfly beginning at 10:30 a.m. The evening portion will also include the 3-meter dive finals and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and competition will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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