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College notes: Elyria Catholic grad Michael Weber having big senior season at Ball State


Michael Weber was honored with the rest of the Ball State senior swimmers at senior night against Evansville on Jan. 25. The Cardinals won the meet 150-81 and Weber took first in three events: the 200 IM, 200 backstroke and 400 medley relay.

The Elyria Catholic graduate followed up that performance with two firsts and two seconds at the Butler Invitational on Jan. 27. Individually he finished first in the 100 backstroke (51.41) and second in the 200 backstroke (1:54.01), both near his career-best times. He then swam the opening leg the 200-medley relay in 49.98 — a career best that helped lead the team to a first-place finish (1:34.66). Weber was also part of the second-place 400-freestyle relay team that clocked in at 3:09.30.

For his efforts, Weber was selected as the Mid-American Conference swimmer of the week on Jan. 28. While his career may be coming to an end, there is plenty more to accomplish.

“I haven’t really had time to sit back and think that this is my last year,” Weber said. “Everything’s come so quickly that I don’t have time to sit back and realize that this might be the last time I’m swimming in this pool.”

Weber has the lofty goals of breaking Ball State records in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 IM. He already has times in the top three of each event. He’s third all time in the 100 backstroke (50.36), second in the 200 backstroke (1:50.18) and second in the 200 IM (1:51.36).

All of those times were achieved at the 2012 MAC Championships, which led him to swim more than ever during the summer. Weber focused on improving his starts, turns and underwater kicks.

“Four years ago I didn’t even think I’d be recognized at senior night,” Weber said. “It’s been quite an adjustment coming from high school to college.”

Weber is a business administration major and is looking for a job. His ideal career is in sales with the potential to become an entrepreneur and open his own business. He stays active through different sports, such as pick-up basketball and golf, and enjoys attending other Ball State sporting events in support of his fellow Division I athletes.

His favorite athlete is Tiger Woods, because of his drive and will to win.

• Purdue sophomore MacKenzie Tweardy took second in platform diving against Indiana on Jan. 26 with a score of 290.25. The Elyria Catholic graduate also took fourth in the 1-meter event with a score of 288.83.

• Ohio University junior Morgan Srail took second in the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 300.53 against Toledo on Feb. 2. The Avon Lake graduate also finished third in the 1-meter competition with a score of 286.19.

• Ohio State sophomore Dominic Pecze, an Amherst graduate, clocked in at 53:16 against Cincinnati on Jan. 26 in the 100 backstroke.

• Cincinnati sophomore Stacy Loushin swam the opening leg of the 200 freestyle relay against Kentucky on Saturday. The Amherst graduate clocked in at 26.67 and the team finished fourth at 1:47.57.

• Hiram sophomore Rachel Buckley had a solid meet against Washington & Jefferson on Jan. 26, the last meet before the North Coast Athletic Conference championships on Feb. 14. The Elyria Catholic graduate won the 100 backstroke (1:14.36), took second in the 50 backstroke (34.76) and was part of the second-place 200 freestyle relay, swimming her leg in 29.97 (2:01.41 total).

• Wooster sophomore Brian Maddock won three events in a tri-meet against Allegheny and Grove City on Jan. 26. The Elyria graduate won the 100 backstroke at 53.12, 200 backstroke at 1:59.82 and swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay at 52.83 (3:37.67 total).

• Baldwin Wallace junior Emma Gerdes won the 50 backstroke against Case on Feb. 1 with a time of 29.91. The Avon graduate also swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay team that finished first at 1:56.06. Gerdes completed her leg in 29.29.

• Mount Union junior Marcus Zappa finished fourth in the 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle against Westminster on Saturday, the last meet before the Ohio Athletic Conference  championships. The Amherst graduate clocked in at 5:17.79 (500) and 10:57.11 (1,000).

• Mount Union freshman Sara Fountain finished third in the 1-meter diving competition against Westminster. The Fairview graduate and North Ridgeville resident had a score of 154.15.

• Ohio Northern junior Rachael Aufdenkampe placed fourth in the 200 freesthyle with a time of 2:04.28 against Case on Jan. 26. The Vermilion graduate also placed fifth in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 2:24.84.

• Ashland junior Corey Wengerd swam anchor on the 200 freestyle relay against Urbana on Jan. 12. The Amherst graduate clocked in at 22.45, with the team finishing third at 1:28.47.

• Freshman Kaelyn Mead also competed for the Eagles against Urbana. The Open Door graduate and Amherst resident finished fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 31.07.

Flashes hit the books

Kent State’s volleyball team posted its highest in-season grade-point average since 2006 with a 3.352. Sophomore Kaylee Koller — an Amherst graduate — was one of six Golden Flashes to post at least a 3.5 GPA. Koller played in 19 matches with six starts and recorded 52 digs and eight assists.

Gray solid in loss

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Claude Gray played for 24 minutes in a must-win road basketball game against Wooster, the NCAC leader and No. 14 in Top 25 poll, on Wednesday. The Avon graduate and 2012 Lorain County player of the year scored six points, had three rebounds, a block and a steal, but the Battling Bishops’ NCAC title hopes were dashed 74-67 in overtime.

• Miami Ohio junior Drew McGhee, a North Ridgeville graduate, is averaging 10.6 minutes and has played in 21 games (one start) for the Redhawks.

Dotson does it all

Findlay senior Tai Dotson scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots for the women’s basketball team in a road win against Hillsdale on Feb. 2. The Elyria graduate also had her highest scoring game of the year with 20 points at Walsh on Jan. 24. That followed a

17-point effort at Lake Erie on  Jan. 19.

• Dotson squared off against fellow Lorain County athlete Chloe Irish on Jan. 19. The Lake Erie redshirt sophomore and Keystone graduate only scored two points in that game, but dropped in 16 at Ohio Dominican in a 58-57 loss Jan. 26. She also grabbed five rebounds.

• Cleveland State senior Honesty King scored 14 points in a starting effort in a 92-84 overtime loss to Valparaiso on Saturday. The Elyria graduate also had two rebounds, two assists and two steals. She’s started every game for the Vikings and is averaging 30.1 minutes.

• Ohio Wesleyan freshman Emily Julius played 25 minutes and scored 13 points on the road against Wooster on Wednesday. The Avon graduate and 2012 Lorain County Miss Basketball winner also snagged five rebounds.

Chiricosta rolls

Bowling Green junior tennis player Nikki Chiricosta went 5-2 at the Indiana University Winter Invitational on Jan. 11-13. The Avon Lake graduate went 4-1 in doubles and 1-1 in singles, highlighted by a 6-4, 6-4 singles win over Ana Pimienta of Marquette. She improved to

29-11 — 13-5 in singles, 16-6 in doubles — and earned her 127th career victory against Evansville on Sunday, winning 6-2, 6-0 at first singles.

Locals square off

A Feb. 1 wrestling duel between Kent State and Eastern Michigan featured two Lorain County alumni. Eagles freshman Jacob Davis, a St. Edward graduate and North Ridgeville resident, lost at 165 in a 4-1 decision to Caleb Marsh. Davis’ record is now 18-9, all at 165.

Elyria graduate Steve Mitcheff earned a victory for the Golden Flashes at 125 with a

5-1 decision over Alexander Calandrino. The senior improved his record to

22-10, 3-1 in the MAC, at 125.

Davis’ loss was the first of five-straight for the Eagles as the Flashes rallied down 15-6 to win the duel 24-15.

Herte vaults to third

Kent State redshirt freshman Becca Herte finished third out of 11 in the pole vault at the Akron Invitational on Feb. 1-2. The Black River graduate and her final three competitors all failed to clear 3.66 meters. Herte finished third based on the number of her total misses.

Herte also finished third of 19 at the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent on Jan. 12. She finished highest among her teammates, behind two University of Cincinnati athletes. She did not miss a jump until she failed to clear 3.70 meters.

• Junior Erin Riley finished third in the 800-meter run for the Miami Redhawks at the Akron Invitational. The Magnificat graduate and Avon Lake resident clocked in at 2:18.67.

• Trevor Norris also competed at the Akron Invitational, but for the host Zips. The Avon Lake graduate finished ninth of 10 in the 1-mile run, clocking in at 4:24.83.

• Ohio University freshman Kristin Winkel competed in three events at the Youngstown State University National Invitational on Feb. 1-2. The Avon Lake graduate’s weekend was highlighted by her performance in the 60-meter hurdles, where she finished third in the preliminaries and fifth in the final with times of 9.19 and 9.23.

• Dayton sophomore Nicole Armstrong competed in two events at the Youngstown State National Invitational. The Avon graduate took eighth in the 1,000-meter run (3:01.07) and 13th in the 800-meter run (2:19.98).

• Junior Lisa Brasdovich had a big day for host Mount Union at the Jim Wuske Invitational on

Saturday. The Columbia graduate won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.99 and took third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.28.

• Denison senior Michelle Clark won the 3,000-meter run at The Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday. The Elyria Catholic graduate crossed the finish line in 10:41.78 and was named NCAC distance runner of the week for her efforts.

• Baldwin Wallace junior Josiah Holt competed in three events at The Fighting Scots Invitational. The Midview graduate and Yellow Jackets standout wide receiver was part of the winning 200-meter relay team with time of 1:31.26. He also took sixth in the 200-meter dash (23.77) and sixth in the 400-meter dash (53.00).

• Another Midview junior competed for the Yellow Jackets on the women’s side. Lauren Hutka took fourth in the 3,000-meter run, clocking in at 11:35.78.

• Columbia graduate Will Bailey also competed at The Fighting Scots Invitational. The Kenyon junior ran in the men’s 3,000-meter run, placing 15th (10:50.80).

• Alexa Katrinchak placed seventh in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Wooster Quadrangular on Jan. 26. The Midview graduate clocked in at 1:05.34 and 10:09.

• Freshman Angelica Bucci competed for John Carroll at the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern on Saturday. The Amherst graduate took fourth in the 800-meter run (2:29.97) and was part of the 400-meter relay team that took third with a time of 4:27.49.

• Junior Gabi Patarini, a Midview graduate, took eighth in the 5,000-meter run of the Joe Banks Invitational, clocking in at 21:02.41 for Ohio Northern.

Maddock takes third

Cleveland State senior Courtney Maddock finished third in the women’s collegiate division of the Ohio State Indoor Triathlon on Sunday. The event featured a 10-minute swim, a 20-minute stationary bike ride and a 15-minute run on an indoor track. The Elyria graduate and former Vikings swimmer swam the most laps (710), was one of five to bike more than seven miles (fourth with 7.05) and ran 15.75 laps (14th).

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