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"The year 1912 was perhaps the most important single year in all Ohio State athletic history…"
 - James E. Pollard
(Ohio State Athletics 1879-1959)

Each week, OhioStateBuckeyes.com/100 will feature a brief look into some of the most influential events in Ohio State Athletics history. Some milestones may be a little more well known, setting off nostalgic trips down memory lane, while others are more obscure, prompting new discussions about one of the most storied athletics departments in the country.

The Beginning.
In 1912, athletics and the Department of Physical Education officially separated, commencing the return of Lynn W. St. John to The Ohio State University campus. Prior to his homecoming, St. John was a freshman halfback on the Ohio State football team in 1900. In a professional capacity, St. John held multiple roles beginning in the fall of 1912, such as football line coach, head basketball and baseball coach and athletic business manager. Then in the winter of 1913, St. John began his position as athletic director following the departure of John R. Richards.

Having requested permission to be admitted into the Western Conference, which would later be renamed the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State "had taken its place as the "baby" member of the Conference" in the fall of 1912.

The Western Conference
In 1895, the original Western Conference was organized to "encourage intercollegiate competition among a select group of like-minded universities in the Midwest."

Because faculty representatives from each member university held authority in the organization, the conference's official name was the Intercollegiate Conference of the Faculty Representatives. The organization was more commonly known, however, as the 'Western Conference' or, following Ohio State's admission in 1912, the 'Big Nine.'

The original members of the Big Nine were Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Northwestern and Purdue. Michigan left the conference in 1908 but joined again in 1917 after Ohio State officially stated its desire for Michigan to join the conference once more given the longtime athletic relationship between the two universities. Thus, the 'Big Ten' was born.

The First Conference Football Season
Following admission to the Western Conference, Ohio State began preparations for the inaugural conference football season in 1913.

The original coaching staff was made up of three men, including football coach John W. Wilce. A former three-sport athlete at Wisconsin, Wilce coached freshman football for the Badgers before accepting the coaching position at Ohio State at the age of 24.

Fifty men showed up for the first spring football practice in April 1913. The conference opponents for the 1913 season were Indiana, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Ohio State won its first Western Conference football championship three years later in 1916.

Ohio Stadium
The idea for a horseshoe-shaped stadium dates back to as early as 1908. Thomas Ewing French, an influential leader in Ohio State's admission to the Western Conference, is accredited with fathering the vision that would become the 'Shoe we know today.

After several years of discussion, the stadium campaign officially began in 1920 following Ohio State's third Big Ten football championship. The campaign officially launched in October with a "Stadium Week" in conjunction with the university's formal celebration of its semi-centennial. The event was met with much enthusiasm from students, alumni and the city of Columbus. A number of events took place in downtown Columbus including an athletic pageant of 4,000 students and a parade of 51 floats "representing fraternities, sororities and other independent campus organizations."

A crowd of 2,500 sang "Carmen Ohio" as ground broke for the new stadium Aug. 3, 1921 on the banks of the East Olentangy River. Ohio Stadium was completed in the fall of 1922. With more than 71,000 in attendance, the dedication game for the new Ohio Stadium was played Oct. 22, 1922 vs. Michigan.

Did You Know…?
Tennis, along with baseball, is the oldest sport at Ohio State. Tennis courts were some of the earliest structures on Ohio State's growing campus. In 1915, Charles A. Carran won the first conference championship for Buckeye tennis when he was named Western Conference singles champion. Following in his footsteps were Buckeye tennis greats Robert Nihousen and Aris Franklin who won the singles titles in 1937 and 1945, respectively.

Franklin also won the conference doubles title in 1944 with partner Thomas Mitchell and again with his brother Alex in 1945.

Did You Know…?
In 1912, the year Ohio State joined the now Big Ten Conference, the Oval on campus contained three baseball diamonds.

Intramural Program
The Ohio State intramural program was officially created in 1913 following Ohio State's admission to the Big Ten Conference in 1912. The organization sought to encourage athletic activity for all students-men and women-at Ohio State.

Sports in the early intramural program included basketball, soccer, cross-country and indoor baseball. By 1938 the men's intramural program included 21 sports with over 10,000 participants, and the women's program consisted of 14 sports and 1,076 participants.

The Scarlet and Gray
Building a golf course at Ohio State was one of the first initiatives of the athletic board following Ohio State's entry to the Western Conference. In the fall of 1929, the board purchased roughly 296 acres of farmland from John K. Kennedy, a 1909 graduate. The board hired Dr. Alister MacKenzie, a well-known course architect, to create two 18-hole courses on the site about three miles from the main campus. The courses were named, naturally, Scarlet and Gray.

The golf course became a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, providing labor and income to many left jobless by the Great Depression. Completion of not one, but two, golf courses during this time proved a significant feat.

The Scarlet and Gray courses were completed in 1938 and 1940, respectively.

Chic Harley: Ohio State's First All-American
A Columbus native, Chic Harley was a three-time All-American halfback. Harley was Ohio State's first All-American and achieved a Varsity 'O' in four sports during his time as a Buckeye.

Harley joined the football team in 1916 as a sophomore and lost only one game in which he played during the course of three seasons. He was captain of both the 1918 and 1919 football teams, though he was away for military service during the 1918 season.

Did you know…?
The 1918 football season was considered an unofficial year because many Big Ten players were serving in World War I.

The Varsity "O"
The Varsity "O" dates back to 1903 when the "O" was given to both athletes and members of the military. Following Ohio State's admission to the Western Conference, the athletic board was given sole discretion in awarding the "O."

By 1922 the Varsity "O" was reserved for football, baseball, basketball, track and cross country student-athletes. This group originally had to participate in a designated number of conference games for their respective sport to earn a letter. Minor letters also could be earned in tennis, wrestling, gymnastics and rifle.

The Varsity "O" was eventually expanded to include all eligible members of each varsity squad and even the drum major of the marching band. In 1940 James R. Hull of the men's basketball team led the establishment of a Varsity "O" Club for junior and senior letterwinners.

On occasion, a Varsity "O" is awarded to a "non-athlete." For instance, the Varsity "O" was awarded to President William Oxley Thompson in 1925 and several coaches and band directors upon retirement.

Did you know…?
Ohio State defeated Michigan in football for the first time in 1919 with a 13-3 victory in Ann Arbor, Mich.

1920: Ohio State's First Rose Bowl Appearance
Following seven consecutive victories in the 1920 regular season, the undefeated Buckeyes became the first Ohio State football team to receive an invitation to the Rose Bowl. It was the first appearance by a Big Ten team since 1902.

Basketball: First Conference Championship in 1925
In 1925, the Buckeye basketball team defeated all 12 of its conference opponents, clinching the Big Ten Conference title for the first time since Ohio State joined the Big Ten.

Did You Know…?
The only Buckeye basketball player commemorated at Buckeye Grove on campus is Jimmy Hull, captain of the 1939 conference championship team.

Ohio State Dual-Athlete Don Harper Sets Unique Record
In 1956, Ohio State athlete Don Harper won a NCAA trampoline title in gymnastics followed by a championship in 3-meter diving a week later. Besides track and cross country athletes, Harper was the first athlete in NCAA history to win NCAA titles in two different sports in the same season. What's more, Harper was a repeat champion in both sports in 1958.

Did You Know…?
Lacrosse first became recognized by Ohio State as a varsity sport in 1953.

Michigan Pants Club
In 1933 Ohio State hired Francis A. Schmidt as the head coach of football. At the time, Michigan had defeated Ohio State in nine of the last 12 meetings between the two teams.

When questioned on the matter, Schmidt, known for his unconventional approach to coaching, responded, "Well, they put their pants on one leg at a time the same as anyone else, don't they?" Schmidt's informal remark developed into the tradition known today as the Michigan Pants Club.

Schmidt went on to defeat Michigan four consecutive times. Still to this day, following any season in which Ohio State beats Michigan the football team and coaches are given miniature gold pants at a celebratory banquet.

Jesse Owens Sets World Records at Big Ten Outdoor Championship
Jesse Owens is widely recognized as one of the world's greatest track athletes in the history of the sport.

Owens joined the Ohio State track team in 1933 after setting interscholastic records at his Cleveland high school. At the 1935 Big Ten Outdoor Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., Owens set three world records and tied for fourth.

Owens would go on to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, making him the first American to do so in a single Olympics.

Buckeyes in the Olympics
A total of 128 Buckeye student-athletes have participated in 24 Summer Olympic Games, including 12 in the 2012 London Games. A school-best 16 current or former student-athletes represented Ohio State in addition to their home country at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Buckeyes in the Olympics
2012 London Olympic Games Quick Facts:

  • Three of the 2012 Olympians are current student athletes: fencers Zain and Mona Shaito and rifle's Amanda Furrer. Fencer Margarita Tschomakova was a senior in 2012
  • Eight of the nine former student-athletes earned their degrees
  • All-time, 154 athletes/coaches with Ohio State ties have competed in the Olympics
  • Combined, 68 athletes/coaches with Ohio State ties have won 106 Olympic medals (47 gold, 37 silver and 22 bronze)
  • Margot Shumway was an Olympian in 2008, Louise Bond-Williams was an Olympian in the 2004 Games.
  • Coach Vince Panzano will be coaching in his fourth Olympics. Coach Lou Rosselli, an assistant coach for the U.S. Freestyle Wrestling Team, was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team (114.5 pounds)

Block 'O' Begins
Ohio State's student section, known as Block 'O,' is one of the loudest in the nation today. In 1931, it was just an idea. The athletic board reported a "movement on foot" in 1931 to create a cheering section for Ohio State football games. The cheer section was to primarily contain freshmen wearing their freshman hats while being led in cheers by the varsity head cheerleader.

Les Horvath Wins Ohio State's First Heisman Trophy
Les Horvath is one of the greatest football players to ever wear the Buckeye uniform. An All-Conference and All-American quarterback, Horvath became the first Buckeye to win the Heisman Trophy in 1944 when he led Ohio State to an undefeated season and a - then unofficial-Big Ten Conference title.

Horvath's name and jersey number, No. 22, are honored in Ohio Stadium alongside the retired numbers of other commemorated Buckeye football players.

Did You Know…?
Ohio State hosted the first ever women's collegiate golf championship in 1941 on the Scarlet course.

Buckeye Baseball Heads to Japan
In 1955, the Ohio State baseball team won its fourth Big Ten Conference title and advanced to the NCAA national playoffs for the second time in program history. Though the team lost in the district finals, the Buckeyes were invited to Japan to play both U.S. service and Japanese teams.

Coach Hayes Era
The 28 football seasons coached by Woodrow "Woody" Hayes remain some of the best in Buckeye football history.

Hayes signed on as football coach in 1951 following coaching stints at both Miami and Denison universities in Ohio. Though he initially signed on for one year in a "gentlemen's agreement," Hayes remained Ohio State's coach until 1979. Coach Hayes's time in the position remains the longest and most decorated time period of an Ohio State football coach to date. Known as a perfectionist, Hayes led the Buckeyes to five national championships and 13 conference titles.

Mike Peppe Joins Ohio State Swimming and Diving
1931 marked an important year for Ohio State swimming and diving. In this year Ohio State dedicated a new natatorium for use in its first season and hired one of the most acclaimed coaches in Buckeye swimming and diving: Mike Peppe.

Peppe, an Ohio State alum, recorded a number of titles and achievements during his 32 seasons at Ohio State. During his career as coach, Peppe's teams won 13 Big Ten titles and 11 NCAA championships, including a chain of uninterrupted victories from 1946 to 1956, except for one year in 1948. Swimmers under Peppe's leadership won hundreds of individual titles with several winning 10 or more. A number of Buckeye swimmers and divers coached by Peppe would go on to compete and win in the Olympics, where Peppe twice served as the U.S. diving coach.

The First Script Ohio
Now one of the most recognized traditions in college football history, the first Script Ohio was performed by the Ohio State Marching Band Oct. 10, 1936 at a football game against Pittsburgh. SI Vault rated Script Ohio as the No. 1 college football tradition Aug. 22, 2011.

Robin Freeman Becomes Ohio State Basketball's First Two-Time All-American
Robin Freeman, a 5-11 guard from Cincinnati, became the first Ohio State basketball player to earn two All-America honors in 1955 and 1956. Freeman held the single-season points record with 723 points for several seasons. As a side note, Freeman was the first player in Buckeye basketball history to use a jumpshot.

Ohio State's First NCAA National Basketball Championship
In 1960, the Ohio State men's basketball team, led by head coach Fred Taylor, won the NCAA National Championship for the first time in program history, defeating California 75-55. At the Cow Palace in San Francisco, Ohio State built a 37-19 lead after 20 minutes of play, shooting an impressive 84 percent from the field. Cal shot 29 percent. After the break and a few more scoring runs by the Buckeyes, the margin proved to be too much for the Golden Bears.

During that 1960 historic campaign, the Buckeyes led the nation in points per game with 90.4. That average remains a school record and was 20 points higher than the NCAA scoring average that season.

A plethora of talent led the 1960 team. All five starters - Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Larry Siegfried, Joe Roberts and Mel Nowell - went on to play in the National Basketball Association.

Buckeye Baseball Wins College World Series
In 1966, the Ohio State baseball team traveled to Omaha, Neb., for the NCAA Collegiate All-Tournament Championship, the "College World Series." Though they had been runners-up the previous season, in 1966, the Buckeyes captured their first national title.

The Birth of a Program
On Oct. 2, 1999, the puck was dropped for the first game in the history of Ohio State's women's hockey. Led by head coach Jackie Barto, the Buckeyes made their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association appearance the following season in 2000-01.

Buckeye Rowing
Officially becoming a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1995, the Buckeye rowing team captured the program's first national championship at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. The First Varsity Four - coxswain Alexandra Sawatzki, Taylore Urban, Katie King, Stephanie Johnson and Emily Ralph - beat Virginia by 2.09 seconds, finishing the race in 7:13.09. In the young history of the program, four former Buckeyes already have been inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in Cornelia Kirsch (2007), Maxi Meissner (2008), Karla Fiserova (2009) and Diana Albrecht (2011).

Women's Basketball Advances to Program's First Final Four
Led by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Katie Smith, the Ohio State women's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 1993. Continuing their run to the national title game, the Buckeyes eventually dropped an 84-82 decision to Texas Tech in Atlanta, Ga.

Retired Jerseys
Just seven Ohio State football jerseys have been retired during the past 100 years. The names and retired jersey numbers remain a focal point in Ohio Stadium, reminding fans and players of Ohio State's rich football history. The names adorning the north end of the stadium are Les Horvath (22), Eddie George 27, Vic Janowicz 31, Howard Cassady 40, Archie Griffin 45, Chic Harley (47) and Bill Willis (99).

25th Anniversary
Throughout the 2006-07 season, Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of conference championships for women. A member of the Big Ten since 1912-13, Ohio State has been one of the leaders in women's athletics during the years and sponsors teams in each of the current 13 Big Ten championship sports.

Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor outdoor track and field, outdoor track and field and volleyball are all Big Ten programs for women at Ohio State. Women's fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, pistol and synchronized swimming programs also are sponsored.

A Women's Track First
In 1983, Diane Dixon became the first woman in Ohio State history to win an individual national track title. Dixon, who lettered one year at Ohio State, was the 1983 indoor national champion in the 400-meter dash.

The Jerome Schottenstein Center Opens its Doors
Ground was broken April 2, 1996 for The Jerome Schottenstein Center. After an aggressive construction schedule (3,888 cement trucks made their way to the building site to complete the 770,000 square foot building), the Center opened its doors November 3, 1998 for a Men's basketball game.

First and foremost, the Schottenstein Center is the home of the Ohio State University Men's and Women's Basketball teams and Men's Ice Hockey. Named after a $12.8 million lead gift, the Center pays tribute to Jerome Schottenstein, late Columbus businessman, philanthropist and founder of Schottenstein Stores Corp. Additional "partners" include Huntington Banks, for which the venue's Huntington Club is named; The Kroger Company which contributed to the Center's Hall of Fame; and Nationwide Insurance, whose contribution went toward the venue's extraordinary terrazzo floorscapes. Although the University received $15 million from the state for an initial design study, no student fees or University General Funds were (or are) used for the building.

The venue seats 17,500 for ice hockey, 19,500 for basketball and up to 20,000+ for concerts. It is the largest arena in the Big Ten.

Scarlet and Gray
Ohio State's official school colors were determined well before the athletics department's first year of existence in 1912. In 1878, scarlet and gray were chosen by a group of three students in a lecture room in University Hall because "it was a pleasing combination…and had not been adopted by any other college," noted selecting committee member Alice Townshend Wing.

Ohio State Fans are Nuts about Social Media
An Ohio State athletics landmark was reached in cyberspace Oct. 3, 2010 as www.Facebook.com/Buckeyes - the official Facebook fan page for the OSU athletics department - topped 500,000 followers. In a very early 2013, nearly 1.3 Buckeye fans and followers continue to offer cheers, banter and support for their Ohio State Buckeyes.

"I'm a Texas A&M Aggie, but I have to admit, Buckeye fans are second to none. Y'alls pride for your team, year after year, is really something." - George Jones III, via Facebook comment (Sept. 30)."

Men's Swimming - Big Ten Champs! For the first time in 54 years, the Buckeye men's swimming and diving teams won the Big Ten championship in 2010 in front of its home crowd in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Compiling 860.50 points, Ohio State bettered two-time conference defending champion Michigan, who had 715.50 points.

"I wanted the team to have an open mind about this championship because it is possible to surpass what others think," Bill Wadley, named the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, said at the beginning of the meet. "I told the guys to have a better day than they ever dreamed is possible."

Buckeye Leaves
A round white decal, about the size of a quarter, with a green depiction of a buckeye leaf is applied to Ohio State football helmets for big plays and consistency on the field. This tradition started in 1968 when football coach Woody Hayes and longtime trainer Ernie Biggs changed the look of the Ohio State uniforms. Many of the sports at Ohio State incorporate buckeye leaves into their equipment and uniforms.

Ohio State Men's Hockey Books Ticket to Frozen Four
It was a historical 1997-98 season for the Ohio State men's hockey team. After advancing to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA quarterfinals for the first time in 11 years, the Buckeyes went on to advance to the CCHA Championship game for the first time in 17 years. In a double-overtime thriller vs. Michigan State in front of 15,000 fans - the longest championship game in league history - the Scarlet and Gray lost, 3-2. However, that was not the end of the Buckeyes' season. Earning a bid to the NCAA championships for the first time in program history, Ohio State opened the tournament with a 4-0 victory vs. Yale. In the second round, the Buckeyes and Spartans met again. In another overtime affair, the Scarlet and Gray were victorious, 4-3, and booked their ticket to Boston for the Frozen Four. Losing to Boston College, 5-2, April 2, Ohio State's storybook season came to an end, suffering its first loss since Jan. 3.

Smith Named Director of Athletics
On March 5, 2005, Gene Smith became the first African-American to be named Director of Athletics at The Ohio State University. In 2008, Smith was promoted to assistant vice president/director of athletics by President E. Gordon Gee and subsequently has been named associate vice president/director of athletics.

Overseeing the nation's most comprehensive and one of its most successful collegiate athletics programs, Smith has been lauded with several honors throughout his career, including 2010 Athletic Director of the Year by Sports Business Journal and he was named one of the "50 Most Powerful African Americans in College Sports in 2007 by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Woody To Pasadena
A mark that still stands today, the Ohio State football team is the only Big Ten program to play in four consecutive Rose Bowls. Under head coach Woody Hayes, the Buckeyes traveled to Pasadena following the 1972, '73, 74 and 75 seasons.

Softball Advances To NCAA Super Regional
For the first time in program history, the Ohio State softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional after beating Kentucky, 7-2, May 16, 2009 at New Buckeye Field in the regional round of competition. The 11th seed, the Buckeyes were paced by Alicia Herron, Sam Marder, Courtney Pruner and Vanessa Spears, who each hit a homerun in the win, while Kim Reeder took over the top spot among all-time winningest Buckeye pitchers on both the career (77) and season (26) charts. The Scarlet and Gray would go on to finish the season with 47 wins, the second-most in school history, trailing the 2002 team by eight victories.

Buckeyes Capture Big Ten and NCAA Titles
Led by seven-time All-American and Nissen-Emery award winner Jamie Natalie, Ohio State recorded a historic season in 2001 when it captured the Big Ten and NCAA titles. Backed by three NCAA individual champions in Daren Lynch (vault), Raj Bhavsar (Parallel Bars) and Natalie (All-Around) and seven total All-Americans, the Buckeyes won their first national title since 1996. Head coach Miles Avery was named Big Ten and National Coach of the Year, while Natalie, a 2000 Olympic Alternate, earned a handful of honors, including Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.

NCAA Titles for Ohio State Wrestling
In just his second season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2008, wrestling's Tom Ryan coached a pair of Buckeyes to NCAA titles. J Jaggers, who would win his second championship in 2009, captured the 141-pound title in 2008 and Mike Pucillo was the 184-pound champion. Last season, Ryan guided another national champion in Logan Stieber at 133 pounds.

2003 American Lacrosse Conference Champions
The 2003 women's lacrosse season proved to be the best in the then-eight year history of the program. The Buckeyes won a school record 14 games, captured the American Lacrosse Conference championship, swept the major ALC postseason awards and received its second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals with an upset of fourth seed Duke.

Ohio State Synchronized Swimming
The Buckeye synchronized swimming team won 13 consecutive U.S. Collegiate Swimming Championships from 1985-1997. Mary Jo Ruggieri led the Scarlet and Gray to the first 11 titles before Linda Lichter-Witter coached Ohio State to the final two during the streak.

First Two-Time NCAA Wrestling Champion
Buckeye wrestler Kevin Randleman became Ohio State's first two-time NCAA champion in 1992 and 1993. A 2004 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Randleman was a three-time All-American and went 66-1-3 during his two national championship seasons.

100 Consecutive Match Winning Streak
The Buckeye men's tennis team won its 100th consecutive match in Columbus March 13, 2010. Beating Big Ten Conference opponent Purdue, 7-0, in the Varsity Tennis Center, the Buckeyes' last home loss came exactly 2,532 days before.

2011 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Champs!
The women's track team, under the guidance of then-fifth year head coach Karen Dennis, won its first Big Ten indoor and outdoor titles in 2011. During the historic campaign, the Buckeyes were paced by Christina Manning, who was later named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year (indoor and outdoor). Manning would go on to win national titles in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles in 2012. Dennis was lauded with back-to-back coach of the year honors by the Big Ten in 2011 (indoor) and 2012 (indoor and outdoor).

With Second Pick of the 2007 WNBA Draft ...
In 2007, Jessica Davenport became the highest drafted Buckeye in the history of the WNBA Draft when she was chosen as the second pick in the first round by the San Antonio Silver Stars. Later traded to the New York Liberty where she helped the Liberty reach the playoffs, Davenport still remains the highest drafted Ohio State women's basketball player with the No. 2 overall selection.

Women's Soccer Clinches First Big Ten Title, Advances to College Cup
With a 1-0 win over Michigan State, the Ohio State women's soccer team clinched a share of its first Big Ten title in program history and advanced to its first College Cup before falling, 1-0, in a national semifinal to eventual national champion Notre Dame. Ohio State finished the 2010 season with a 17-5-2 record, tallying the second-most wins in school history and ranked fourth in the final NSCAA rankings, another program-best.

The Buckeyes, in their sixth NCAA tournament all under the direction of 14th-year head coach Lori Walker, defeated St. Francis (Pa.), 1-0, in overtime on Danielle's Scoliere's first-career goal in the first round of the tournament before advancing on PK's, 4-2, against Dayton in the second round. A trip to Charlottesville, Va., awaited and the Buckeyes knocked off the No. 8 Cavaliers, 3-2, after taking a 3-0 lead in the 58th minute and holding off a furious Virginia rally. Ohio State then took down Georgetown, 2-0, in the NCAA quarterfinals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for a trip to the program's first College Cup.

National Pistol Champions
For the first time in program history, Ohio State won the National Pistol Championship March 25, 2000 at the Tom Lowe Shooting Venue in Atlanta, Ga. The Buckeyes won team titles in Free Pistol and Standard Pistol and finished third in Air Pistol. Ohio State also captured team championships in Women's Sport Pistol and Women's Air Pistol.