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UT Swimming and Diving Team Falls to No. 16 Ohio State

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The University of Toledo women's swimming and diving team (4-2, 3-0 MAC) was defeated 206.5-93.5 by No. 16 Ohio State (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the UT Student Recreation Center.


Junior Maria Bargardi (Dearborn Heights, MI) recorded two wins on the day, while senior Beth Rogers (Canton, OH) added a first-place finish as well.


"It's a lot of fun hosting the No. 16 team in the country," head coach Chris Peters said. "I think the team raced hard all day, highlighted by Maria's two wins and Beth's new pool record. Our senior leadership continues to impress me."


Bargardi tied Ohio State's Lauren Davis for the victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.21 and also placed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.13.


In Rogers' win in the 200-yard butterfly, she set a new pool record with a time of 2:01.51, besting her previous pool record of 2:01.52. She added a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.


The Rockets also had strong performances in both swimming events. Senior Kristy Richart (Saline, MI) won the three-meter diving, while junior Allison Belcher (Osceola, IN) placed first in the one-meter diving. Belcher added a second-place finish in the three-meter as well.


Senior Christina Noens (Indianapolis, IN) finished a spot behind Bargardi in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing third with a time of 57.54. Sophomore Lauren Comer also added a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.94, while sophomore Brooke Edwards (Dundee, MI) placed third in the 50-yard freestyle.


Also contributing points for the Rockets, senior Rachel Johnson (Milford, MI) recorded a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard IM and a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.


Junior Meredith Gibbon (Harrison City, PA) and sophomore Anna Weisman (Miamisburg, OH) placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 1,000-yard freestyle, respectively.


Toledo is back in the pool on Friday, Jan. 24 as they welcome Bowling Green to the UT Recreation Center.