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Swim & Dive: Ohio suffers defeat to MAC-best Akron

The gap between the best team in Mid-American Conference, Akron, and Ohio was evident Saturday as the Zips cruised to a 193-106 dual-meet victory. 

The Zips have won the last four MAC Championships; the last time the teams met in a dual-meet, Akron came out on top 167-133 in 2015.

For most of the team, this was the first-time swimming against other teams since the TYR Invitational due to the cancellation of the tri-meet Jan. 13 against Duquesne and Xavier. 

Ohio showed its ability to be as good as Akron in the freestyle events by winning three of five races. In the 200-meter breaststroke, Mackenzie Hornstra finished in second but was six seconds back of the winner. 

Emilia Lahtinen came second in the 100-yard breaststroke, though there was almost a three-second gap between Lahtinen and Akron’s Paloma Marrero, who has the fastest time in the conference. 

Corrin Van Lanen continued her success in dual-meets by winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, along with the 100-yard butterfly.

Ohio swept the podium in the 500-yard freestyle, with Emily Zimcosky in first place for the first time this season. Hannah Schlegel was just over a second behind, and Mackenzie Caruthers followed in third.

Ryleigh Tuck-Macalla scored over 200 points for the first time this season, as well.

With Akron having the fastest swimmer in eight different events, it was a tall order for Ohio to win many races. The Bobcats ended up with eight second-place finishes. 

Ohio's dual-meet season will wrap up with Marshall in a rare Friday night meet and Bowling Green on Sunday for Senior Day. 


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