Men’s Swin And Dive Team Win OSU Invitational

Written November 26th, 2013 by Scott

The No. 10 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team won the eighth-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational over the weekend.

The Buckeyes finished with 1,137 points, just 46.5 points ahead of Florida.

Ohio State’s performance on the final day was highlighted by junior Connor McDonald, who finished first in the 200 backstroke with a school-record time of 1:40.83. It is also an NCAA “A” qualifying time. The previous record was 1:41.22, set in 2012 by Andrew Elliott.

Connor McDonald set school record in 200 backstroke.

Connor McDonald set school record in 200 backstroke.

In addition to McDonald’s performance in the 200 backstroke, Steven Zimmerman had a third place showing in the event, finishing in 1:42.66.
The Buckeyes followed up the 200 backstroke with a second-third-fourth finish in the 100 freestyle, led by Josh Fleagle (second, 43.59), Michael DiSalle (third, 43.61) and Vladislav Komarov (fourth, 43.67).

In platform diving, Christian Holstein (286.65) was eighth and Stephen Ettienne (285.15) was ninth.

Ohio State will return to competition on Jan. 17-18 at the Kenyon Winter Invitational.

Fencing team takes on Penn and Princeton
The Ohio State fencing squad split matches at the recent Penn-Princeton Invitational, competing in both team and individual competition.

The Buckeyes pulled a 28-26 victory over Penn in team competition, highlighted by big wins from the men’s epee, women’s foil and women’s epee units, 6-3 each. OSU fell to Princeton, 21-33, with another win coming from the women’s foil unit.

In individual competition, Chris Colley, Joe Guinan and Celina Merza earned first place finishes for the men’s epee, men’s foil and women’s saber units, respectively. For the women’s unit, seven Buckeyes finished in the tp 10, highlighted by Mona Shaito, second, and Eleanor Harvey and Eugenia Falqui, tied for third.

Women’s soccer falls in NCAA Tournament
OSU’s women’s soccer team fell to Kentucky, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the UK Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Buckeyes’ season ends with a 10-7-3 record.

OSU started eight freshmen or sophomores and picked up a lot of experience in the post-season.

Down 2-0, the Buckeyes then got on the board in the 73rd minute when Lindsay Agnew beat a pair of Kentucky defenders, found Nichelle Prince with a through ball and the freshman finished far post from eight yards for her team-high 13th goal.

Kentucky answered right back less than three minutes later when Swift snuck in behind the Buckeye defense and finished a one-on-one opportunity after a through ball from Gilliland to push the lead to 3-1. Read More

Men’s hockey streaking

Written November 11th, 2013 by Scott

The calendar just turned to November but it’s already winter sports time.

The men’s hockey team, always a favorite around the 614, is off to a 6-4 start, but the Buckeyes are on a 3-match win streak with most recent wins coming 4-1 and 5-1 over Niagara.

Pacing OSU on the young season is Max McCormick, who has five goals and seven assists for 11 points. Ryan Dzingel and Alex Szczechura each have 11 points. Dzingel has five goals and six assists while Szczechura has three goals and eight assists.

Goalkeeper Matt Tompkins has a 5-3 record for the Bucks.

OSU hosts Canisius for a pair of games later in the week and then has a home and away with TTUN Nov. 29 and Dec. 2.

Men’s swimming and diving undefeated

It’s hard to think about jumping in a pool at time of year but that hasn’t stopped the OSU men’s swimming and diving team.

The 10th-ranked Water Buckeyes have yet to lose and they have been drowning the competition. Scores have not been close at all.

The most recent wins came in a Big 10 tri-meet at Purdue. OSU beat Iowa 195-105, Northwestern 231-69 and the hosts 169-131.

Ohio State was led by Alex Miller, Josh Fleagle and Matt McHugh who all won multiple events. Fleagle was a part of two relay teams that took first while also finishing first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 50 freesyle. Miller was first in the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle, while McHugh swam on two winning relay teams and also took first in the 100 butterfly.

Women’s swimming and diving off to splashing start

The Lady Buckeyes have also been impressive in the water. They have won 6 of their first 7 matches, with the only loss at Purdue, 157-143.

The 19th-ranked team beat Ohio in its most recent meet.

The performance of that meet was in diving. The Scarlet and Gray outscored Ohio, 14-5, lead by junior Taylor Ford, who dominated the 3-meter with a total score of 304.80. She also scored a 265.88 in the 1-meter diving to gain a total of 13 points for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye Bits

* The women’s hockey team has started out 3-4-2 and has a 4-match winless streak.

* The women’s volleyball team is back on track. After losing eight in a row, the team has won two straight, beating Indiana 3-0, and Purdue 3-1.

* The women’s field hockey team closed it’s season with a 2-1 loss to Michigan State in the Big 10 tournament. OSU beat Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round. The team finished the season 6-13.

Women’s volleyball suffers first loss

Written September 29th, 2013 by Scott

The Lady Buckeyes volleyball team tasted defeat for the first time Sunday afternoon falling to No. 15 Michigan State 3-0.

The Spartans defeated No. 13 OSU 27-25, 25-23 and 25-22 to pull off the mild upset at St. John Arena.

Taylor Sandbothe had 12 kills in a loss to Michigan State.

Taylor Sandbothe had 12 kills in a loss to Michigan State.

Taylor Sandbothe led OSU (13-1, 1-1) with 12 kills and had a .524 attacking percentage. Kylie Randall chipped in 11 kills and attacked at a .529 rate. Kaitlyn Leary notched her seventh double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.

Men’s golf

Boo Timko fired a final round 3-under 69 and had 6 birdies to help lead OSU from 10th to a tie for fourth with Purdue at the Windon Memorial in suburban Chicago.
Timko was 11th overall at 1-under 215, while OSU shot 11-over 875. Northwestern won with a 4-under 860.

Buckeye Bits

The men’s soccer team opened Big 10 play with a 2-0 loss at Indiana Sunday. OSU is 2-5-2 overall.

The women’s soccer team saw its 5-match unbeaten streak end with a 1-0 home loss to Purdue Sunday. In a 3-1 win over the Lady Hoosiers Thursday Kayla Varner, Nichelle Prince, and Alexis Degler scored for OSU. The Buckeyes now sit 7-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference.

The field hockey team lost 3-2 to Michigan State in the Big 10 opener on Saturday. Kaitlyn Wagner and Mona Frommhold had goals for the 3-6 Lady Buckeyes.

Women’s golf off to quick start

Written September 22nd, 2013 by Scott

The women’s golf team opened its season at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing and were just four strokes away from victory.

OSU carded a total of 896, 32 over par. The host Spartans won.

Freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik tied for 7th.

Freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik tied for 7th.

Ileen Domela tied for second in the season-opening event.

Ileen Domela tied for second in the season-opening event.

Four individuals placed in the top 20 led by freshmen Ileen Domela, who tied for second with a 4-over 220.

Classmate Jessica Porvasnik tied for 7th at 223 while senior Allison Harper (225) tied for 12th and freshman Katja Pogacar (228) tied for 17th.

The men’s golf team wasn’t quite as fortunate, finishing 7th of 15 teams at the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill., earlier this month.

Freshman Frederik Hammer carded a 5-over 221 to finish 20th in his first college event.

Soccer update

The OSU teams are heading in opposite directions.

Sophomore Michela Paradiso's goal gave the Lady Buckeyes a tie.

Sophomore Michela Paradiso’s goal gave the Lady Buckeyes a tie.

The Lady Buckeyes are 6-1-2 overall and began Big 10 play with a 1-1 tie against Illinois.

Sophomore Michela Paradiso scored her first goal this season, finding the net in the 84th minute to help OSU earn the tie.

The men’s team is struggling at 2-3-2. Recent play included a pair of 0-0 ties at Bowling Green and at home against Wright State and a 3-1 home loss to Dayton.

Freshman Chance Henry notched his first collegiate goal in the loss.

Volleyball team soaring
The Lady Buckeyes continue to bump off the competition. They sit at 12-0 and are ranked 13th nationally.

In the recent Blue and White Classic OSU left the competition black and blue, bruising its way to a trifecta of 3-0 wins. Victims were Maryland Eastern Shore, Valpo and host Buffalo.

In the title match against Buffalo, Kaitlyn Leary led the way with 17 kills while Kylie Randall added 11. Taylor Sherwin notched 37 assists.

Women’s Volleyball On A Roll

Written September 15th, 2013 by Scott

The OSU women’s volleyball team is winding down the tournament portion of the schedule but the Lady Buckeyes are not letting up on the court.
The nation’s 13th-ranked team improved to 9-0 by sweeping it’s way through the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic at venerable St. John Arena.
OSU clinched the title by beating Xavier 3-2 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13). It was OSU’s third tournament title this season.

Taylor Sherwin was MOP of the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic.

Taylor Sherwin was MOP of the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic.

Junior setter Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while sophomore Andrea Kacsits joined her on the All-Tournament team.

Andrea Kacsits was on the All-Tournament team

Andrea Kacsits was on the All-Tournament team

Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 46 assists and eight digs, while senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 22 kills in the title match. Junior Erin Sekinger tied a career-best with 15 kills and added five blocks, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 11 kills and three blocks.
The Buckeye back row was digging the action once again. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore had a team-best 17 digs, while classmate Julianne Mandolfo had 16 and freshman Valeria León added 13.
The Buckeyes close out their tournament schedule at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo Sept. 20-21. Ohio State will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso and host Buffalo in the two-day tournament.

Not to be outdone, the men’s cross country had a cakewalk, or shall we say cakerun at the Big 10/11/12/13/14 preview meet.
The Buckeyes placed five runners in the Top 10 on its way to an easy first-place finish at the Purdue Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State totaled a team score of 28 to defeat host Purdue by 21 points. No. 26 Michigan was third with a team score of 69, followed by No. 32 Illinois with 76.
Sophomore Jordan Redd was the top Buckeye finisher for the second meet in a row, crossing the finish line in an 8k personal-best time of 24:50.9, which was good for second overall. Redshirt sophomore Brian Hannaford was third in a PR of 24:53.8, followed by sophomore Nick Pupino (fourth, PR of 24:55.2) and redshirt sophomores Curtis Hanle (seventh, 25:10.6) and Blake Taneff (10th, 25:15.4).
The women’s cross country team was second with 58 points.
Junior Michelle Thomas was the top runner for Ohio State in her first competition this season, crossing the line in a seventh-place time of 21:48.6. Junior Katie Borchers also placed in the top 10, taking eighth in 21:50.3. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were sophomore Minori Minagawa (13th, 22:24.7), freshman Jill Kanney (14th, 22:25.7), and junior Nicole Hilton (16th, 22:30.5).
Both Ohio State teams return to action in three weeks at the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and will be back at Purdue Nov. 3 for the Big Ten championships.

Catch All The Buckeye Action

Written September 1st, 2013 by Scott

So you want to know what’s going on outside Ohio Stadium and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center? You’ve come to the right place. Each week tBBC will take a look at the other sports Ohio State sponsors. We’ll bring you scores, highlights and maybe even some player features.

The women’s soccer team is off to a 3-0 start and is riding a 14-match unbeaten streak. Nichelle Prince, a freshman from Ontario, Canada, has three assists and a goal while freshman Lindsay Agnew, a Dublin Jerome product, has a pair of goals. The Lady Buckeyes played Arizona Sunday evening and travel to Boston College later this week.

The men’s soccer team is 1-1 after splitting a pair of games in the Wolstein Classic. Senior Sage Gardner scored the only goal on a PK in a 2-1 double OT loss to UNC-Wilmington. Earlier on Sunday, OSU beat Northern Illinois 2-0.

The cross country teams swept the Flyer 5K Challenge in Dayton and it really wasn’t fair.

The women’s team was simply amazing, placing all five scorers in the top 10 to score 24 points. IUPUI was second with 53 points. Freshman Jill Kanney was second overall at 18:36. Sophomore Lexi Aughenbaugh (18:51.1) was third, junior Katie Borchers (18:58.1) fifth, sophomore Minori Mingawa (19:03.3) sixth and sophomore Helen Willman (19:08.6) eighth.

The men’s team scored 30 points and had four in the top 10 to easily defeat second-place IUPUI by 12 points. Sophomore Jordan Redd was the overall winner in 5:37.9. Redshirt sophomore Brian Hannaford (15:43.5) was third, Sophomore Nick Pupino (15:44.6) fourth and redshirt sophomore Jeff Hannaford (15:59.6) ninth.

Taylor Sherwin was MVP at the Northern Illinois University invitational tournament.

Taylor Sherwin was MVP at the Northern Illinois University invitational tournament.

Junior Taylor Sherwin was named MVP as the volleyball team (3-0) won the Northern Illinois invite, beating the hosts 3-2 on Saturday night to clinch the title.

Seniors Kaitlyn Leary and Davionna DiSalvatore joined Sherwin on the All-Tournament team.

Leary recorded the first double-double in her career with a career-high 26 kills and 22 digs. Freshman Kylie Randall made her first appearance and finished with 18 kills in the win. Sherwin set-up the Buckeye offense with 50 assists overall.

DiSalvatore sparked the defense with a season-best 29 digs, while senior Julianne Mandolfo added a 15 digs in the victory. Junior Anna Faul, Sandbothe and Randall each had three blocks.

The Lady Buckeyes also beat Liberty and Green Bay in the tourney.

Tennis and Volleyball Teams Receive High Honors

Written June 21st, 2012 by Gary Russell II

To most people, including myself, the term APR is a banking term used to confuse people what their actual rate is. To college sports fans, the term APR stands for Academic Progress Rate. The NCAA uses this formula to measure Universities’ eligibility and retention for Division student athletes. It is used as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates. The actual APR is calculated on a term by term basis and spreads over the most recent four year span. Recently the NCAA revealed their most recent findings and the Ohio State Tennis and Volleyball teams received high marks.

Winning, On And Off The Court.

The Men and Women squads in both Tennis and Volleyball placed in the top 10% in the nation in their respective sports. Of the 954 teams that were on the NCAA’s award list, only five of those teams had won the National Championship of their sport. One of those teams was the Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team.

This does not take away from the other Buckeye teams receiving honors. The Women’s Volleyball team finished in the top 25 in the nation, while the Men’s Tennis team finished 4th in the nation.

Ohio State Professor, and faculty athletics representative, John P. Bruno said in a released statement, “Each of Ohio State’s 36 teams continued to improve it Academic Performance Rates over the most recent four year average (2010-2011). This indicates our student-athletes are successfully completing the academic benchmarks associated with eligibility to compete.” He continued by saying “This strong performance speaks to the commitment of our student-athletes to their academic progress and to the support they receive from coaches and our terrific academic support staff.”

These four teams, in addition to the high profile football team, have brought some needed good news from the NCAA who has beat up the University lately with bad news. What it has also done is proven that not only can you perform at a high level on the field, court, or whatever playing surface you choose, but you can do it the classroom as well where it matters most. Congrats to the Ohio State teams as well as all the other teams in the nation that was named to APR award list.