Austintown, OH – Baldwin Wallace will host the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday-Saturday, February 13-15, at the University of Akron Ocaske Natatorium. Preliminaries start at 11 a.m. on each day, while the finals will begin at 6 p.m. The top-three in each individual event and top-two relay teams will earn All-OAC honors.
A year ago, the Ohio Northern men finished with 985 points and won 14 of the 20 events, including all five relay events, to claim their ninth consecutive championship title. Mount Union placed second with 749 points, John Carroll finished third with 468 points, Wilmington was fourth with 409 points, Transylvania (Ky.) was fifth with 237 points and Defiance finished sixth with 10 points.
The Polar Bears will again look to senior Jordan Breitigam (Bowling Green), who won three individual events and was on three winning relay teams, setting OAC and ONU records and surpassing NCAA qualifying marks in all six events. For his efforts, he was named OAC Men's Swimmer of the Year.
ONU will also return senior Kyle Rex (Napoleon), who was named the OAC Men's Diver of the Year after sweeping both the one and three-meter diving events.
The Ohio Northern women finished with 865 points and set eight OAC records, 12 school records and won 12 of the 20 events to claim their fifth consecutive championship title.
Mount Union placed second with 714 points, followed by John Carroll in third with 660 points, Transylvania (Ky.) in fourth with 424 points, Wilmington in fifth with 290 points and Defiance finished sixth with 133 points.
The Polar Bears will once again look to senior Lindsey Rahill (Springfield, Ill. / Glenwood), who a year ago won her third consecutive title in the 200 fly, shattering her own OAC record with an effort of 2:06.97. She also won her third straight 100 fly crown in an OAC record time of 0:57.11 and was part of the winning 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams.
ONU also returns sophomore Lindsey Inkrott (Pickerington), who swept the 100 and 200 back titles, setting OAC records of 0:56.77 and 2:02.04, respectively.