Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Here is a quick read on what is happening this week with all of OSU's athletic programs.

Good Stuff Athletes of the Week

Senior wrestler Tommy Rowlands won the HWT title at the 2003 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, marking his third tournament title in as many events this season.

Men's basketball sophomore J.J. Sullinger recorded his first career double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in OSU's 62-57 win over Virginia Tech last Saturday in Nationwide Arena. He scored Ohio State's first 12 points in the win.

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

* Indiana, Santa Clara, St. John's and Maryland will participate in the 2003 NCAA Men's College Cup Friday and Sunday at Crew Stadium. Maryland scored four goals in 11 minutes in a 4-2 victory over St. Louis, while St. John's came back from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win over Creighton to earn a date in the first national semifinal game Friday at 5 p.m. Indiana upset No. 1 UCLA 2-1 to earn its 16th trip to the College Cup, while Santa Clara beat Michigan 3-1 to earn a date in the second national semifinal game Friday at 7:30 p.m. Winners of the two games will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the national championship game. Tickets are available at the Crew Stadium Box Office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can order tickets over the phone through Ticketmaster (614-431-3600) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the 2003 NCAA Men's College Cup please visit www.ncaasports.com. The 2003 College Cup is being hosted jointly by The Ohio State University, Columbus Crew Stadium and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

* The men's and women's swimming team competed at the Auburn Invitational this past weekend, setting several season best times and making one NCAA B qualifying mark. For the women's squad, Stephanie Raezer (Sr., Newark, Del./Glasgow) improved her season best time by 32 seconds and made the NCAA B qualifying mark in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:50.32. Dominating the freestyle events, Nicole Maglich (So., Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) set two season best times and one lifetime best time, along with joining the 400- and 800-yard medley relay team. Kylie Lancken's (Jr. Pymble, Australia/Ravenswood) long-course meter results in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100- and 200-meter backstroke are Australian Olympic trial cut times, allowing Lancken to return to Australia later this year to try to qualify in those events for the Australian national team. For the men's squad, Rob Kauscher (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Marty Tomes (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) set four season best times each, half of which were in long-course meters. The Buckeyes will hold winter training in Florida and return to action Jan. 3 with a coed dual-meet against Ohio at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.

* The No. 13 women's basketball team (4-0; 0-0 Big Ten) takes to the road to face Big XII opponent Nebraska (5-1; 0-0 Big XII) Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on 820 AM-WOSU. This is the second time in program history that Ohio State and Nebraska have met on the hardwood. The Buckeyes took the first game, 63-54, in a Buckeye Classic contest over 13 years ago on Dec. 2, 1990.

* The 2003 National Champion synchronized swimming team opens competition Sunday, Dec. 14 at Florida University in Coral Springs, Fla. Head coach Linda Lichter-Witter's squad returns 18 swimmers from last year's roster, including three All-Americans in Lindsay Newbill, Heather Burdick and Carly Grimshaw.

* Following a sixth-place team finish at the 2003 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, including a HWT tournament title by Tommy Rowlands, the wrestling team opens the dual season as one of four teams at the Clarion Duals. The Buckeyes will join Drexel, Lock Haven and the host Clarion Golden Eagles in the all-day event Sunday, Dec. 14. Rowlands was one of five Buckeyes to earn placing honors at the Las Vegas Invite as he claimed his third tournament title in as many events this season. Senior Blake Kaplan earned the runner-up spot at 184 pounds, while fellow seniors Jeff Ratliff - sixth at 141 - and John Clark - seventh at 165 - also landed spots on the podium. Freshman J.D. Bergman took eighth at 197 pounds.

* The women's and men's gymnastics teams commenced their 2004 seasons with a mixed pairs meet Saturday, Dec. 6 in St. John Arena. Nine teams, consisting of one player from the women's squad and one competitor from the men's squad, battled each other for the mixed pairs crown. In three rounds of competition, Liz Meaney (Jr., Ashtabula, Ohio) and Randy Monahan (So., Elizabethtown, Pa.) earned a total score of 55.775 to claim the championship. The women continue their pre-season competitions with an intrasquad meet at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Steelwood Training facility. The team begins the regular season against Kentucky at 4 p.m., Jan. 4 in St. John Arena. Hosting the Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad at 2 p.m., Dec. 19 in St. John Arena and the Varsity Exhibition at 2 p.m., Jan. 3 in the Steelwood Training Facility, the men's squad will kick-off its regular season competition at the Windy City Invitational at 7 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.

* The women's ice hockey team looks to continue its six-game winning streak as they travel to face non-conference opponent Northeastern at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. Ohio State is 7-5-0 overall and 5-5-0 in the WCHA this season. The Buckeyes are setting records this season as they set a program record of three consecutive series sweeps and their six-game winning streak ties the previous record of six consecutive wins set in the 2000-01 season. Following the Northeastern series, the squad will go on a three-week hiatus for the holiday season. Then, the Buckeyes return to action vs. St. Cloud State Jan. 3-4 in Columbus.

* The men's basketball team improved to 3-3 with a 62-57 win over Virginia Tech last Saturday in Nationwide Arena. Sophomore J.J. Sullinger recorded his first career double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He scored Ohio State's first 12 points in the win. The Buckeyes will take the week off from competition to concentrate on fall quarter final exams before playing again Saturday in a 2 p.m. game back at Value City Arena against Samford.

* The No. 11 men's hockey team ended the first part of its season with two losses to Miami. The squad, 11-7 on the year and tied for second place in the CCHA with an 8-5 ledger, now has a three week break from competition and will return to action Dec. 27-28 at the Everblades College Classic in Estero, Fla. Buckeye senior forward Paul Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) was the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's player of the month, making him an honorable mention selection for College Sports Television (CSTV)/Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month honors. During November, Caponigri led the Buckeyes with 12 points, on six goals and six assists, in eight games. Highlights of his month included recording his first career hat trick (and the Buckeyes' first in 129 games) at Northern Michigan Nov. 8 and hitting the 100-point mark for his career with an assist against Alaska Fairbanks Nov. 1. He scored the gamewinning goal both at Northern Michigan Nov. 8 and at Colgate Nov. 21 and also had the primary assist on Dave Steckel's gamewinner with 53 seconds remaining at Cornell.

* Brutus Buckeye is one of 12 mascots in the running for Capital One Mascot of the Year. Fans may vote for Brutus daily by visiting http://ohiostatebuckeyes.ocsn.com/genrel/brutus2003.html. Voting will continue through Dec. 23. Brutus leads over "Aubie" the mascot from Auburn.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Friday, Dec. 12 - Sunday, Dec. 14

All Times Eastern

Friday, Dec. 12

NCAA Men's College Cup

St. John's vs. Maryland, 5 p.m.

Santa Clara vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m.

Crew Stadium, Columbus

Women's Ice Hockey at Northeastern, 7 p.m., Boston, Mass.

Women's Basketball at Nebraska, 9:05 p.m., Lincoln, Neb.

Saturday, Dec. 13

Men's Basketball vs. Samford, 2 p.m., Value City Arena

Women's Ice Hockey at Northeastern, 3 p.m., Boston, Mass.

Women's Gymnastics Formal Intrasquad, 6 p.m., Steelwood Training Facility

Sunday, Dec. 14

NCAA Men's College Cup Championship, 2 p.m. Crew Stadium, Columbus

Wrestling at Clarion Duals, Clarion, Pa.

Synchronized Swimming at Florida, Coral Springs, Fla.

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