Sunday, February 28, 1999

OHIO GIRLS SWIMMING


Ursuline falls short of state title

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        CANTON, Ohio — Ursuline's bid for a third consecutive state swimming championship fell short with Gates Mills Hawken rallying during Saturday's six events to pull out a 263-245 victory.

        “Hawken came in knowing what they had to do to win it,” Ursuline coach Tim Beerman said. “They took advantage of every swim while we had some swims not the caliber for a state meet.”

        Erin Phenix, an 18-year-old Ursuline senior, proved to be Cincinnati's best performer. She won the 100 freestyle and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team Saturday.

        She had won the 50 freestyle and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team Friday.

        For her career, Phenix finished with 10 state titles.

        “I went out much faster tonight to get a lead,” Phenix said of the 100 freestyle victory. “I had plenty left the final 50 yards.”

        In order to get pumped up for the race, her final as an individual, Phenix was on the side listening to music, while slowly walking and jumping up-and-down.

        “This gets me going and helps me concentrate,” Phenix said. “This is a great thrill.”

        Ursuline sophomore Tami Ransom also stood out. She won the 200 individual medley on Friday and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team on Saturday.

        She also was second behind Phenix in the 100 freestyle and was on the second-place 200 freestyle relay team Saturday.

        Sycamore senior Mandy Commons won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.89. She also swam the leadoff leg for the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

        Commons cried on the victory stand.Two years ago she won a state title as a sophomore, but finished fifth last year.

        “I've trained so much harder in order to win it on my final try,” said Commons.

        Sycamore was third with 178 points, followed by Oak Hills (1161/2) and St. Ursula (89).

        Here is a look at each of Saturday's events.

        • 100 freestyle: Phenix led from the start, and Ransom was second. Carolyn McHugh from Oak Hills finished in fourth place.

        • 500 freestyle: This is the race in which Hawken won the state meet. It had a two-three-four finish behind Diana Munz from Chagrin Falls, who broke her own state record with a 4:45.54.

        Hawken earned 96 points. Ursuline had only 13 as a result of freshman Katie Greiner's sixth-place finish (5:02.73).

        • 200 freestyle relay: The Sycamore team of Mandy Commons, Lori Bednarchik, Jill Ursini and Lindsey Commons led from the start. Ursuline was second and Oak Hills third.

        • 100 backstroke: Erin Abbey of Mayfield overtook Oak Hills junior Lindsey Kroeger during the final 25 yards to win it in 56.23.

        “I wasn't mentally ready because I had just swam the (200 freestyle) relay,” said Kroeger, who also finished second in 1998.

        • 100 breaststroke: Mandy Commons wasn't to be denied and never trailed. Commons was Cincinnati's only swimmer in the championship heat.

        • 400 freestyle relay: Knowing that winning the state title wasn't a possibility, a relaxed Ursuline team of Kelly Hagen, Katie Greiner, Phenix and Ransom set a state record with a 3:27.38.

        • Diving: Defending state champion Nicci Fusaro from Anderson had an off day and finished second to Carrie McCambridge from Olentangy.

        Team Standings: 1. Gates Mills Hawken, 263. 2. Ursuline, 245. 3. Sycamore, 178. 4. Oak Hills, 1161/2. 5. St. Ursula, 89. 6. Magnificat, 79. 7. Akron Firestone, 73. 8. Tol. Notre Dame, 72. 9. Anderson, 71. 10. Hathaway Brown, 68. Locals: 15. Mercy, 44. 20. Lakota West, 341/2. 25. Mariemont, 281/2. 33. Mason, 19. 36. Lebanon, 171/2. 45. Mt. Notre Dame, 10. 46. Indian Hill, 9. 51. Fairfield, 7. 55. Wyoming, 5. 60. Williamsburg, 3.

        Diving: 1. McCambridge (Olentangy) 445.50; 2. Fusaro (Anderson) 430.15; 8. Hurst (Lakota West) 386.20; 12. Carter (Wyoming) 368.70; 21. Lachmann (McAuley) 151.25.

        100 freestyle: 1. Phenix (Ursuline) 50.96; 2. Ransom (Ursuline) 51.02; 4. McHugh (Oak Hills) 52.21; 7. L. Commons (Sycamore) 52.62; 11. Waizenhofer (Mason) 52.97; 13. O'Hara (Lakota West) 53.65; 17. Hinrichs (McAuley) 53.95; 20. Tepe (St. Ursula) 54.25.

        500 freestyle: 1. Munz (Chagrin Falls) 4:45.54 (state record); 6. Greiner (Ursuline) 5:02.73; 11. Koch (Mercy) 5:03.87; 18. Strong (Turpin) 5:11.18; 19. Reynolds (Fairfield) 5:11.58; 20. Beary (Mt. Notre Dame) 5:12.28; 21. Olson (Mariemont) 5:14.83; 22. Hagen (Ursuline) 5:21.53.

        200 freestyle relay: 1. Sycamore (M. Commons, Bednarchik, Ursini, L. Commons) 1:36.51; 2. Ursuline (Meade, Kunkel, Bulla, Ransom) 1:37.45; 3. Oak Hills (Schoborg, Rye, McHugh, Kroeger) 1:37.56; 8. Anderson (Keyes, Huizenga, Homan, Tomes) 1:40.3; 12. St. Ursula (Keating, France, Molnar, Fessel) 1:41.22; 16. Lakota West (O, Mulshine, Morrison, Severson) 1:41.81.

        100 backstroke: 1. Abbey (Mayfield) 56.23; 2. Kroeger (Oak Hills) 56.49; 3. Tepe (St. Ursula) 57.83; 5. Fessel (St. Ursula) 57.98; 6. Keever (Lebanon) 58.35; 9. Carey (Indian Hill) 58.17; 10. Vogel (Mt. Notre Dame) 58.52; 17. Vianello (Mariemont) 1:00.14; 23. Miller (Lakota West) 1:01.01.

        100 breaststroke: 1. M. Commons (Sycamore) 1:02.89; 10. Meade (Ursuline) 1:06.15; 11. Rye (Oak Hills) 1:06.22; 17. Mangano (St. Ursula) 1:07.34; 18. Brockman (Williamsburg) 1:07.71; 22. Helmers (Hamilton Badin) 1:09.21.

        400 freestyle relay: 1. Ursuline (Hagen, Greiner, Phenix, Ransom) 3:27.38; 3. Sycamore (Bednarchik, Kirschner, Ursini, L. Commons) 3:34.11; 4. St. Ursula (Keating, Molnar, Mangano, Tepe) 3:36.36; 6. Anderson (Keyes, Huizenga, Decker, Tomes) 3:36.94; 8. Mercy (Griffith, O, Koch, Sander) 3:37.74; 13. Mariemont (Olson, Thaoman, Lakamp, Vianello) 3:40.22; 20. Lakota West (Severson, Morrison, Mulshine, O'Hara) 3:42.89.

       



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