Women's Swimming & Diving rallies into lead on Day 2 of OAC Championships
By: Tim Glon
The Ohio Northern women's swimming and diving team rallied from a 31-point deficit into the lead on Day 2 of the 2012 Women's Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Friday night at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.
The three-time defending champion Polar Bears lead the team standings with 572 points, Mount Union is second with 506, John Carroll is third with 425, Baldwin-Wallace in fourth with 237, Wilmington is fifth with 186 and first-year participant Defiance is sixth with 149 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.
The 200 medley relay team of sophomores Jamie Garbash, Kasey Manko and Cait Munro and senior Allison Garbash set an OAC and ONU record in winning the title in 1:49.10 to get the evening off to an outstanding start.
Freshman Taylor McCabe rallied to win the 400 I.M. going away, finishing in a school record 4:40.18, a full four seconds ahead of the field.
The win marked the sixth conecutive year that an ONU swimmer won the event.
Sophomore Lindsey Rayhill defended her title in the 100 fly, winning in :58.71.
Manko earned All-OAC honors in the 100 breast with a third place finish in 1:07.90.
After two consecutive third-place finishes, junior Amy Elmer earned All-Conference honors for the third straight year by placing second in the 3-meter diving with 424.75 points, breaking her own school record by more than 50 points in the process.
The final day of the three-day championships will continue on Saturday.