Women's Swimming in second place after Day 1 of 2012 OAC Championships
By: Tim Glon
The Ohio Northern women's swimming and diving team sits in second place after Day 1 of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference championships Thursday night at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.
Mount Union leads the team score with 234 points, three-time defending champion ONU is second with 203, John Carroll us third with 173, Baldwin-Wallace in fourth with 92, Wilmington is fifth with 74 and first-year participant Defiance is sixth with 69 points.
The Polar Bears are gunning for their fourth consecutive OAC Championships title and their fifth in the last six years under eighth-year head coach Peggy Ewald.
For the second consecutive year and for the seventh time in the last eight years, Ohio Northern won the women's 400 medley relay.
Sophomore Jamie Garbash, Kasey Manko and Lindsey Rayhill and junior Mackenzie Hoffman finished in 3:59.40, just .27 off of the OAC record and 3.47 ahead of second place John Carroll.
The 200 free relay team of junior Mackenzie Hoffman, freshman Danielle Wildman, sophomore Alena Anderson and senior Alison Garbash earned All-Conference accolades with a second place finish in 1:39.13.
Hoffman then jumped right back into the pool and earned All-Conference honors in the 500 free, finishing third in 5:15.18, marking her third consecutive All-OAC honor in the event.
Freshman Taylor McCabe earned All-Conference accolades with a third place finish in the 200 I.M., finishing in 2:12.15.
Day two of the three-day championships will continue on Friday.