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JCU swimming finishes third at OAC championships

February 22nd, 2007

John Carroll University’s Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving teams both placed third this past weekend in the OAC Swimming and Diving Championships in Akron, despite valiant individual awards and records.

For the men, the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern came away with the title, totaling 259 points, enough to beat out Baldwin Wallace, JCU, Mount Union and Wilmington College, respectively.

For the Blue Streaks, senior Ben White came away from the weekend with a second place finish in the 200 Fly final, good enough for All-OAC accolades.

Other all-conference competitors from JCU were freshman David Essi and senior Tom O’Flaherty.

Essi scored 323.10 points, combined with O’Flaherty’s 251.35 points off the three-meter diving board in their second place effort.

The women’s third place finish was the first time in 16 years of competition without a first or second place final rank in the OAC chmapionships.

ONU finished first as, followed by B-W and John Carroll.
At first the women were poised to recapture the title, taking first place in the first relay along with four swimmers in the top eight.

Despite such efforts the Blue Streaks could not stack up enough points to come out on top.

Sophomore Heather Gilmour placed first in the mile, 500m, and 200m freestyle finals.

Junior Kristen Kovach set the John Carroll record in the 100m breast stroke, but the effort was only good enough for third in the meet.

Kovach, with sophomore Andrea Kovacs, freshman Liana Sved and sophomore Kim Kern combined for a second place finish in the 200 individual medley relay.

“We all individually did really well. Lots of people had great times. Unfortunately it didn’t place high enough to win it,” said junior Kaitlin Griffin.