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Elena Patz swims in the 200-yard butterfly during the Bobcats’ meet with Ball State at the Ohio University Aquatic Center on Jan. 30. (FILE)

Swim and Dive: Ohio opens new year with win in dual meet against Denison

The Swim and Dive team opened the new year Jan. 7 with a dominating performance in Athens over Denison — 192.5-104.5 — with first-place finishes in thirteen of the sixteen events including three by freshman Mikayla Herich. The win 

Herich opened the afternoon for the Bobcats with a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle for the third time this season. Herich then won both the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley for the first time in her collegiate career.

Corrin Van Lanen continued her dominance in the 50-yard freestyle with her fifth win in five dual-meets this season. Van Lanen added her fourth win of the season in the 100-yard freestyle along with a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly for the second time this season.

In the fall season, the Ohio divers didn't win a single event. 

But, in one meet this year they won both the diving events. Olivia Dillon won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events for the first time this season while also setting personal bests in both events. Nicole Hughes also set personal bests in both events finishing third in the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter.

Annie Gosselin got her first victory in the backstroke of her career winning the 200-yard backstroke with a time three-quarters of a second faster than her previous best in the event. In the 200-yard butterfly Gosselin added a second-place finish.

Emily Zimcosky rounded out the individual event wins for the Bobcats with victories in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyles. This was Zimcosky’s second win of the season in the 200, first in the 500.

Ohio won both the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay with Zimcosky and Barker in of both of those relays.

The next meet for the full Ohio team is a home meet Jan. 21 against Duquesne at 1 p.m. but the divers are also competing in the Buffalo Invite in Buffalo, New York on Jan. 13-15.


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