Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
March 21, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Liz Li, women’s swimming
Li earned First Team All-America honors in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as part of the 200 freestyle relay. Li bested her own school record in the 50 freestyle for the third time this season with a time of 21.29 to place third in the event. As a member of the 200 freestyle relay, Li helped the squad finish with a time of 1:28.96. Li closed out the NCAA Championships with a seventh-place showing in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.34.

Kyle Snyder, wrestling
Snyder became the first Olympic gold medalist to return to school and win an NCAA championship. His win over Connor Medbery of Wisconsin in the 285 lb. final put him on an elite list as the fifth two-time champion in school history. Snyder led the second period with a lead of 2-0; in the second period, Snyder finished off his second takedown of the match to extend his lead, and after the Medbery escape he was ahead 5-1. That cushion proved to be more than enough in a 6-3 decision that capped off a seven-month period that saw him win an Olympic gold medal and then return to Ohio State to win both Big Ten and NCAA titles.

Women’s Basketball (28-6)

  • Ohio State registered wins over Western Kentucky (70-63) and Kentucky (82-68) to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
  • On Friday against Western Kentucky, Asia Doss and Kelsey Mitchell scored 15 points apiece and Shayla Cooper nabbed a season-high 15 rebounds to pace the Buckeyes.
  • On Sunday against Kentucky, Mitchell led the way with 21 points, 10 of which came in an electric first quarter. Linnae Harper had a fantastic game for the Buckeyes as well, racking up numbers all over the box score. Harper poured in 12 points and hauled in 10 rebounds while dishing out eight assists, her third double-double of the season.
  • It is the 11th time in program history that Ohio State has advanced to the Sweet 16.

No. 2 Men’s Volleyball (21-1, 10-0 MIVA)

  • The Buckeyes topped No. 10 Loyola (3-0) and No. 7 Lewis (3-2) this past week.
  • On Thursday against Loyola, Ohio State picked up a clean sweep on the road. Ohio State swung .352 as a squad while limiting the Ramblers to a .153 attacking efficiency. Gabriel Domecus dug a match-high 13 balls to lead the way defensively, complementing the offensive duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combining for two dozen kills. Driss Guessous was a heavy contributor on both sides of the next, racking up seven blocks (one solo) and bouncing seven kills on 11 attempts with two misses (.455).
  • Saturday against Lewis, the Buckeyes pulled out a five-set thriller in Pete Hanson’s 1,000th career match. The reigning National Player of the Year, Nicolas Szerszen, delivered 18 kills and a total of 20.5 points. He was one of two Buckeyes to record a double-double, adding 11 digs to his kills sum. Fellow pin hitter Miles Johnson posted 13 kills and 10 digs. Maxime Hervoir found some success from the outside as well, bouncing a dozen kills.

No. 2 Wrestling

  • Ohio State had a school record six All-Americans at the NCAA Championships this weekend – Kyle Snyder (first, 285), Bo Jordan (second, 174), Nathan Tomasello (third, 133), Kollin Moore (third, 197), Micah Jordan (fourth, 149) and Myles Martin (fifth, 184).
  • Ohio State finished second in the team scoring department with 110 points. It is Ohio State’s third second-place showing in the last 11 years and the fifth time it’s finished insided of the top three in that time span.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (16-2, 3-0 Big Ten)

No. 4 Men’s Lacrosse (9-0)

  • The Buckeyes stayed undefeated at the beat two Top 10 teams this week; wins over No. 10 Towson (6-3) and No. 1 Denver (16-7).
  • Against Towson, the score was all knotted up at three entering the fourth quarter and Ohio State got goals from Eric Fannell, Tre Leclaire and John Kelly to pick up the road win.
  • On Sunday evening in The Shoe, Ohio State dominated the top-ranked team in the country. Seven different players found the back of the net in the win including five from Leclaire. Tom Carey had 11 saves and Ohio State caused seven turnovers and won the groundball battle, 33-18.

No. 13 Men’s Hockey (21-11-6)

  • Ohio State won its first round game of the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-3 win over Michigan State.
  • The Buckeyes led 2-0 less than six minutes into the game on goals from Mason Jobst and Nick Schilkey, but the Spartans answered with the next three for a 3-2 lead after the opening period. Ohio State did not allow a goal the rest of the way, tying the game on a Brendon Kearney goal at 13:54 of the second. The Buckeyes scored three times in the first 3:51 of the third period, with two goals from David Gust and a tally by Tanner Laczynski, to pull away. Buckeye senior goalie Matt Tomkins had 26 saves in the game.
  • Ohio State will head to Fargo, N.D., for the 2017 NCAA West Regional to play Minnesota-Duluth at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Softball (15-7)

  • Ohio State won five out of its six games the past week.
  • Lena Springer was sharp in a 4-0 win over Stetson on Tuesday. She scattered just three hits over seven innings, allowing two walks and striking out six - including the final batter of the game - and lowered her season ERA to 1.59. At the plate, Stetson elected to walk the bases loaded in the top of the seventh and Alex Bayne made them pay, belting her seventh home run of the season and giving Springer all the offense she'd need to back up her effort in the circle.
  • Against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday, the Buckeyes prevailed 2-1 on the shoulders of a fantastic pitching performance by Morgan Ray. Ray went 6.1 innings and allowed just one hit and one run; Shelby Hursh picked up the two-out save.
  • The Scarlet and Gray won two games on Friday with an extra-inning wins over Army (7-6) and Missouri (5-4). Against Army, Bri Betschel delivered a walk-off single in the top of the eighth and scored Amy Balich from third. In the second game against Missouri, Lilli Piper’s RBI triple with one out in the top of the ninth propelled Ohio State to victory.
  • To cap the week off, Ohio State beat North Dakota State 6-5 on Saturday. A five-run fourth inning fueled the offense on its way to post the six run.

Women’s Swimming

  • Lindsey Clary (400 IM) and Liz Li (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly) were named All-Americans and the 200 freestyle relay of Maria Coy, Li, Macie McNichols and Chantel Wynn were named Honorable Mention All-Americans.
  • Li placed third in the 50 freestyle at the NCAA Championships with a school-record time of 21.29. It was the third time this year that Li lowered her own school record. Li earned the eighth All-America distinction with her 100 butterfly race on Friday
  • For Clary it’s the second year in a row she claimed All-America honors in the 400 IM, and she was also an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore. The senior touched the wall at 4:04.69 during the evening session, besting her prelim time by nearly a full second while finishing in the same spot in both sessions today (sixth). Six is also the amount of All-American performances Clary has turned in during her career as a Buckeye.

Track and Field

  • Megan Hoffman set the school record in the pole vault on Saturday night with a clearance of 3.85m (12-7.50) at the Baldy Castillo Invitational; the clearance broke Allyson Simmons previous mark of 3.82m (12-6.50) that was set in 2015.
  • Four other Buckeyes won titles at the Baldy Castillo as well: Rachel Weber (800m run), Anthony Johnson (800m run), Christine London (400m hurdles) and Champ Page (400m dash).

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
3.20.17-3.26.17

Monday, March 20

  • Women’s Golf, Briars Creek Invitational, All Day – John’s Island, S.C.
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day – Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Men’s Golf, Linger Longer Invitational, All Day – Greensboro, Ga.

Tuesday, March 21

  • Baseball, vs. Youngstown State, 5 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day – Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Women’s Golf, Briars Creek Invitational, All Day – John’s Island, S.C.
  • Men’s Golf, Linger Longer Invitational, All Day – Greensboro, Ga.

Wednesday, March 22

  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day – Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Men’s Swimming, NCAA Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.

Thursday, March 23

  • Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Collegiate Nationals, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day – Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Men’s Swimming, NCAA Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.

Friday, March 24

  • Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Collegiate Nationals, 9:30 a.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at Maryland, 6 p.m. – College Park, Md.
  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Michigan State, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Minnesota Duluth, 6:30 p.m. – Fargo, ND
  • Women’s Lacrosse, at Rutgers, 7 p.m. – Piscataway, N.J.
  • Men’s Gymnastics, at Illinois, 8 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day – Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Women’s Basketball, vs. Notre Dame, TBA – Lexington, Ky.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Raleigh Relays, All Day – Raleigh, N.C.
  • Men’s Swimming, NCAA Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.

Saturday, March 25

  • Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Collegiate Nationals, 9:30 a.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at Maryland, 1 p.m. – College Park, Md.
  • Men’s Soccer, at Northern Kentucky, Highland Heights, Ky.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, at Notre Dame, 2 p.m. – South Bend, Ind.
  • Baseball, vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Ball State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Rowing, vs. Harvard and Yale, TBA – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Raleigh Relays, All Day – Raleigh, N.C.
  • Men’s Swimming, NCAA Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.

Sunday, March 26

  • Baseball, vs. Minnesota, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, at Michigan, 12 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s Lacrosse, vs. USC, 12 p.m – Mountain Lakes, N.J.
  • Softball, at Maryland, 1 p.m. – College Park, Md.