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Ohio Swim and Dive Finishes 2019 MAC Championships in Fifth Place

Ohio Swim and Dive Finishes 2019 MAC Championships in Fifth Place

AKRON, Ohio – Ohio swimming and diving (5-3, 1-3 MAC) wrapped up the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships in fifth with a total of 421 points this evening (Mar. 2), at Ocasek Natatorium. Ohio concluded the 2019 MAC Championships with a total of 19 All-Time Top-10 program history records including five All-Time school records.

Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) was named First-Team All-MAC and senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis), Redshirt-junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), and freshman Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio)  were all named to the Second Team. 

OHIO SWIMMING
Schlegel set her third school record of the MAC Championships in the 1650-yard freestyle event with her 1000-yard freestyle split time while Morgan set her second school record of the MAC Championships in the 200-yard breaststroke event. 

The 1650-yard freestyle event opened Day Four finals of the 2019 MAC Championships. Hannah Schlegel took home the silver medal and entered the All-Time Top-10 program history record book, clinching 2nd All-Time, with a time of 16:19.04. Schlegel's 1000-yard freestyle time in the 1650-yard freestyle race recorded a new school record with a time of 9:46.98. Sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) finished in eighth-place and also entered the All-Time Top-10 program history record book, clinching 8th All-Time, with a time of 16:46.22. Junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) finished 12th with a time of 16:57.56, senior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) finished 14th with a time of 16:59.76, and junior Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) dropped over 15 seconds for a person best swim time of 17:24.76 for Ohio.

In the 200-yard backstroke preliminary round, freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda) earned a spot in the A finals and earned a spot on the All-Time Top-10 in program history record book, clinching 6th All-Time, with a time of 1:59.67. Aravantinou went on to finish eight with a time of 2:00.17.

The 100-yard freestyle preliminary round followed as Van Lanen qualified for a spot in the B finals with a time of 49.70. Van Lanen went on to finish 10th with a time of 49.73.

Next, in the 200-yard breaststroke preliminary round, Morgan earned a spot in the A finals and set her second school record of the MAC Championships with a time of 2:12.10. Morgan went on to clinch the silver medal and advance the school record to 2:11.43. Lahtinen also earned a spot in the A finals with a time of 2:13.97. Lahtinen went on to finish fourth and beat her previous All-Time Top-10 program record to clinch the 2nd All-Time Top-10 in program history record with a time of 2:11.51. Senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.) and senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) both earned spots in the B finals with times of 2:16.27 and 2:17.60 respectively. With these times, Ortner and Hornstra both entered a spot in the All-Time Top 10 in program history record book. Ortner went on to finish in 15th place with a time of 2:18.32 and Hornstra went on to finish in 16th place with a time of 2:18.44.

In the 200-yard butterfly preliminary round, sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) and senior Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) earned spots in the A finals with times of 2:01.06 and 2:01.60 respectively. With these times, Glass and Wyke both entered the All-Time Top 10 in program history record book with Glass clinching 6th All-Time and Wyke clinching 7th All-Time. Wyke went on to finish fifth overall and advanced her 7th All-Time Top-10 time to 2:01.42. Glass went on to finish sixth overall with a time of 2:01.69.

Ohio concluded the final day of the MAC Championships with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay event and another All-Time Top-10 program history record. Ohio's team consisting of Van Lanen, freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa), and senior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.) as anchor posted a time of 3:24.31 that clinched the 9th spot in All-Time Top-10 program history record book.

OHIO DIVING
Yesterday, 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. Dillon went on to finish 11th with a score of 267.20 and Miller went on to finish 14th with a score of 245.45.

MAC Championships Standings After Day Three
1. Akron: 867 points
2. Eastern Michigan: 583 points
3. Buffalo: 502 points
4. Miami: 486 points
5: Ohio: 421 points
6. Bowling Green: 305 points
7. Toledo: 171 points
8. Ball State: 148 points 

UP NEXT
The Bobcat divers will travel to West Lafayette, IN for the NCAA Diving Zone Championships beginning on Thursday, March 14, and will continue through Saturday, March 16. 

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