The Ohio University women’s swim team is in the midst of a winning streak and freshman Addy Ferguson is a big reason why.
Ferguson, a former Cloverleaf star and Gazette MVP in the sport, has been a standout butterfly and backstroke swimmer for the Bobcats as well as swimming on the freestyle and medley relay units.
The 5-foot-8 Ferguson was key in Ohio’s third straight win of the season, being a part of two event wins and placing in four total events as the team defeated West Virginia.
She helped the 400 medley relay win by more than a second and took first in the 100 back in 57.90. She followed with a season-best swim in the 100 fly en route to taking third in 57.30, along with helping the 200 free relay to a third-place showing.
Junior forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week after scoring a combined 41 points as Baldwin Wallace defeated Heidelberg and Capital. He also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau, becoming the 37th BW player to do so. Payne followed that week up with 17 points in a loss to Ohio Northern and 22 as the Yellow Jackets beat Otterbein.
Hiram and senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth), gave No.8 Wooster all it could handle, coming up short 68-63. Sheppard poured in 22 points. Earlier in the week, the Terriers dropped a 75-71 heartbreaker to Allegheny despite 11 points and seven rebounds from Chris Zurowski (Medina).
Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) had four points and three boards as Akron rallied to beat Buffalo 68-64 for its 11th straight win.
With a pair of rebounds in a win over Georgia State, Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) surpassed the 400 mark for her career at Old Dominion. Cook also had a game-high 15 points and three steals. The senior followed with 12 points in a loss to William & Mary. It marked the 13th time in the last 18 games she scored in double figures. Cook now has 100 3-pointers and more than 900 career points.
Sophomore guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) netted a career-high 22 points as Ashland remained undefeated with a 72-41 win over rival Findlay. Woods shot 6-of-9 from beyond the arc en route to recording her second 20-point game of the season. Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) added 11 for the Eagles.
A pair of free throws by Dev King (Medina) gave way to a 42-14 run as No. 13 Georgetown College crushed No. 19 Shawnee State 85-58. King, who earlier in the week had 12 points and 12 boards in a win over the University of Virginia College at Wise, finished with eight points. Shawnee State’s Kara Long (Wadsworth) had four points in the loss.
Brooke Forsythe (Cloverleaf) had a team-high 16 points as Cumberlands fell to No. 9 Campbellsville.
Louden Gordon (Wadsworth) outlasted Zak Vargo 6-5 in a thrilling 157-pound bout as No. 2 Notre Dame College defeated Lake Erie 33-6. The Storm won just two matches, one coming in the form of a 10-7 decision by Nate Ball (Wadsworth) at 149 pounds.
Ohio’s Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) picked up his third win in his last four matches as the Bobcats defeated Michigan State. Squire outlasted Nicholas Trimble at 141 pounds by a 7-2 decision.
Mercyhurst 149-pounder Michael Griffith (Medina) posted a 3-0 day, which included wins by pin, decision and forfeit, as the Lakers swept all three opponents at the East Coast Duals.
Ashland’s Tyler Houska (Highland) won his 285-pound bout by medical forfeit, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell to Gannon 21-18. Jake Piatt (Medina) fell in his 174-pound match by an 8-4 decision.
Freshman Matt Meadows (Medina resident/CVCA) notched an 11-7 decision, but George Mason fell to Boston at the Colonial Athletic Association Duals.
Junior Lindsay Koch (Brunswick) recorded a personal-best 9.8 on the uneven bars to help Bowling Green defeat Eastern Michigan 194.025-193.900. It was the first time the Falcons have broken 194 points since 2010. Her previous best in the event was 9.650, which she set in 2012.
Swimming and diving
Georgia Southern’s Elaina Lanson (Wadsworth) outswam the field by almost a full second in winning the 50 free (24.36) in the Eagles’ setback to North Florida. The sophomore also won the 100 free in a time of 53.55.
Amanda Pallija (Wadsworth) aided Cleveland State’s 400 freestyle relay to a win in 3:32.64, but the Vikings fell short in a loss to Akron. She also took second in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free. Teammate Allison Pallija (Wadsworth) was sixth in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Danielle Dostall (Brunswick) was sixth for the Zips in the 1,650 free and eighth in the 200 backstroke.
Indoor track and field
BW thrower Mitch Supan (Medina resident/Walsh Jesuit) won the shot put to help the Yellow Jackets place fourth at the Ohio Athletic Conference North Meet at Mount Union. The senior, who was named the OAC Field Athlete of the Week, also was second in the weight throw. Ryan Weir (Cloverleaf) ran a leg on the winning 4×4 relay that clocked a 3:31.43.
Ohio Northern’s Evan McKee (Medina) helped the distance medley team to a win in 10:30.25 at the OAC Split Meet. The junior also clocked a 2:04.44 to place second in the 800.
Ashland’s Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) helped the distance medley unit to a win in 9:56.03 at the Findlay Classic. Sussman also was seventh in the 1,600 (4:22.10). Teammate Eric Klucar (Highland), who spent last season competing for Lake Erie College, cleared 15 feet, 7 inches to win the pole vault.
A trio of local products helped Akron’s 4×4 relay to a third-place finish at the Penn State Nationals. Mitch Gordon (Wadsworth), Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) and Nick Owens (Brunswick) paced the unit to a time of 3:15.94. Hiltner also was second in the 600 (1:18.93), while Gordon took fifth in the 500 (1:05.72).
Taylor Burke (Medina) took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-9¾ to help Florida capture the team title at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas.
Thrower Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth) finished seventh in the shot put for South Florida at the Jayhawk Classic. The sophomore recorded a toss of 44-9½.
UNC Asheville sophomore Kevin Paradise (Medina) took 12th in the 5,000 run, crossing the finish line in 15:43.83 at the University of Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial. Ohio State’s Donny Roys (Medina) was 29th for Ohio State in the 3,000 run in 8:57.58.
Josh Schweinfurth (Medina) finished 18th for Walsh in the 400 with a 51.56 at the SPIRE Midwest Open.
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