The first stroke play tournament of 2018 for Ohio resulted in a 16th place finish at the Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Arizona, which ran Friday to Sunday.
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Ohio had a one-point lead for sixth place over Toledo going into the final race of the Mid-American Conference Championships and, fittingly, the final race was a relay.
The last time Ohio hosted the MAC Championships meet, they won the whole thing. This year, nationally-ranked Akron will be a juggernaut to overcome. But the Bobcats still have record-setting and NCAA-qualifying aspirations.
The last time Ohio hosted the Mid-American Conference Championships was 2011. The Bobcats won the meet.
For the first time as a college athlete, junior Corrin Van Lanen was swimming the 100-yard backstroke. It's definitely not one of her favorite events and not one of her best.
Ohio did not finish in the top half of a tournament all fall, but, in the first one of the spring, the Bobcats tied for seventh out of sixteen at The Invitational at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday and Sunday.
There is no other meet like the MAC Championships. Ohio is set to host the 2018 Mid-American Conference Championships this Wednesday through Saturday.
Ohio has participated in the fifth-place match at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play three straight years, and for the first time, Ohio won that match Tuesday at the Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Florida.
The Mid-American Conference Championship is the main event of the season and all the effort put in throughout the season leads to it. This year, Ohio is hosting the meet and the excitement on the team is evident.
College athletes transferring in football, basketball and baseball is well documented by the public, but it is much less common in swimming and diving.
Ohio started the season with a par start as it split four matches at the 2018 Mid-American Match Play Challenge hosted by Bowling Green at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Florida, Feb. 5-6.
The next meet Ohio will swim in is the Mid-American Conference Championships on Feb. 21-24, and looking at the combination of dual-meets and invitationals, Ohio has been improving over the course of the season.
As Katie Lemen swam the anchor leg, Elena Patz and Caroline Raley waved their arms to encourage the crowd to cheer louder.
Freestyle events have consistently been Ohio’s best all season long, as it won nine out of 10 in a split of dual-meets against Marshall and Bowling Green over the weekend.
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.
When the first meet of the season occurred Oct. 21 against Youngstown State, there were four months before the biggest meet of the season.
It was supposed to be an action-filled weekend for Ohio with the swimmers in Pittsburgh and the divers in Buffalo.
While students are heading home to relax and spend time with their families, the swim and dive team will be training together in Florida and Athens.
The best times are supposed to come in the spring. There is more rest and individualized training, along with the excitement of the conference championships.
The record books were constantly updated over the weekend at the U.S. Winter National Championships for Ohio when four swimmers competed in 21 races.