Ohio Swim and Dive Travel to Battle Defending MAC Champion, Akron

Ohio Swim and Dive Travel to Battle Defending MAC Champion, Akron

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio swimming and diving team (5-2, 1-2 MAC) will travel to Akron, Ohio on Friday (Feb. 1) for a Mid-American Conference battle against the defending MAC Champion, Akron (4-1, 2-0 MAC). The meet is set to begin at 5 pm at Ocasek Natatorium.

"We face a really good team in Akron on Friday," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "They are the defending conference champions. This is our shot to step up and show what kind of team we have become this season. More importantly, we have a chance to see the Akron pool before they host Championships at the end of February. We will have a chance to see the facility set and ready to go as we will when it comes down to the end of the season."

EVENT LINEUP
200-yard Medley Relay
1000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
1 Meter Diving
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
3 Meter Diving
200-yard IM
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Live Feed: The dual meet will be televised live on the Zips Digital Network via the link below: https://gozips.com/watch/?Live=62&type=Live

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio swimming and diving last saw action in its senior day dual meet where the Bobcats stretched their win streak defeating in-state rival, Youngstown State, 208-84, in the Ohio University Aquatic Center. Ohio compiled 14 swim event wins out of 16 total events and swept the podium in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive events.

"We are still in training mode, getting better every day. Akron will give us another tune up before championship season," said Norman.

Event Winners Against Youngstown State
200-yard medley relay: Aravantinou, Hornstra, Van Lanen, and White; 1:47.41
1000-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 10:11.34
200-yard freestyle: Maddie Haschemeyer; 1:54.44
100-yard backstroke: Athena Arvantinou; 57.77
100-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 1:05.53
200-yard butterfly: Samantha Glass; 2:06.29
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 24.02
3-meter diving: Taylor Miller; 312.30
100-yard freestyle: Lexi White; 53.87
200-yard backstroke: Athena Arvantinou; 2:05.35
200-yard breaststroke: Emilia Lahtinen; 2:20.04
500-yard freestyle: Hannah Schlegel; 4:59.52
100-yard butterfly: Kendra Sheehan; 58.69
1-meter diving: Olivia Dillon; 317.54

SCOUTING AKRON
Ohio swim and dive travel to face Akron as they wrap up competition in the Shamrock Invitational at Rolfs Aquatic Center in Notre Dame, Ind. (Jan 25-26) where the Zips finished second behind host, Notre Dame. Akron accumulated 960.5 total points defeating Ohio State University, University of Iowa and Missouri State. Highlighting the Zips weekend performance, the 400 freestyle relay team of Sarah Watson, Ragen Engel, Sadie Fazekas and Sofia Henell wrapped up the Shamrock Invitational with a pool record and MAC record finish with a time of 3:17.02. Akron had a total of six event wins on the weekend including; 200 freestyle relay victory for Watson, Engel, Fazekas and Henell with Fazekas swimming a 22.02 split, Fazekas winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.87, Watson finishing first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.55 and Paulina Nogaj set a pool record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.47. On the boards, Kamryn Goodrick recorded an NCAA zone cut score of 270.65 in one-meter diving to place fifth overall.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE ZIPS
The Bobcats last dual against Akron was in the 2017-18 season where Ohio fell to the Zips, 193-106, at Ocasek Natatorium on Jan. 20, 2018. The meet concluded with Ohio capturing four first-place finishes.

Event Winners for Ohio
200-yard freestyle: Emily Zimcosky; 1:51.39
50-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 23.18
100-yard freestyle: Corrin Van Lanen; 51.65
500-yard freestyle: Emily Zimcosky; 5:02.09

MASON NORMAN ERA BEGINS
Head coach Mason Norman begins his first season at the helm of the Ohio swimming and diving team.  Norman, a native of Duluth, Ga., competed as a student-athlete at Wingate, accumulating 22 All-American honors, a spot on the NCAA Division II national championship 400 free relay team in 2010 and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle. Entering his coaching career, Norman was a graduate assistant before being promoted to interim assistant coach at the University of Tennessee proceeded on to a short time at Utah before he joined the Kentucky staff, where he spent his previous five years, his final year as the associate head coach.

Britni Fisher begins her stint as the new diving coach, while Carlye Ellis begins her time as the new assistant swim and coach.

Fisher, a former diver at Illinois, spent two years as a graduate assistant at Bryant prior to joining the Ohio staff. Fisher's second season at Bryant saw the women's swimming and diving program capture the NEC Championship crown for the first time in program history. She currently holds the Illinois school records for the one-meter (298.27) and three-meter (319.65) springboards and maintains the third highest platform score (162.80). Fisher is a four-time varsity letter winner, a four-time Illini Outstanding Diver of the Year and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships.

Ellis, a Texas four-time varsity letter winner, two-time NCAA Division I All-American and Big 12 champion, spent three years as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Cornell prior to joining Ohio's staff. In just three seasons, Ellis helped Cornell swimmers rewrite the school's record book setting new school records in more than 10 individual events and in three relay events. Additionally, Cornell posted 70 times that rank among the top 10 all-time fastest swims along with three relay records and 22 other times that have joined the list. 

RETURNERS
Ohio returns seniors Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.), Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.), Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.), Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio), Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.), Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.), and Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.). 

This year's junior class of returners consists of reshirt-junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), Annie Gosselin (Naperville, Ill.), Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), Ireland Littlejohn (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.), and Ryleigh Tuck-Macalla (Bay Village, Ohio).

Sophomores include: Carolyn Bischoff (New Hudson, Mich.), Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.), Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), Abigail Jordan (West Chester, Ohio), Katelyn O'Brien (Williams Bay, Wis.), and Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.).

NEWCOMERS
Ohio welcomes eight freshmen to the roster to begin the season. Athena Aravantinou (Bethesda, Md.), Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.), Madeline Kenyon (Dayton, Ohio), Rebekah Klem (Columbiana, Ohio), Kelsey Morgan (Pickerington, Ohio), Chloe Pace (Naperville, Ill.) and Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), will all make their collegiate debut for Ohio this season.

Ohio also welcomes two transfer junior's Chastity Haxton (Englewood, Fla.) and Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa), both coming to Ohio from Indian River State College in Florida.

UP NEXT
After the conclusion of this meet, the Bobcats will return to Akron, Ohio for the Women's Mid-American Conference Championships beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The meet start time for the finals of day one is set for 6:30 pm EST. The Championships will be live in ESPN3.

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