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Ken Kohl (3:15 pm)

Believe it or not, there are other things going on at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports and activities.

We have a few items where we’ll aim the Campus Spotlight this week. We have men’s lacrosse, women’s golf, men’s tennis, fencing, women’s gymnastics, baseball and women’s rowing. 

Among this week’s highlights; the men’s lacrosse team sets the tone for the Spring Game with a 14-4 thrashing of Air Force, the women‘s golf team plays well and easily wins the Lady Buckeye Invitational, the men’s tennis team won yet another Big 10 Conference title, the fencing team qualifies 3 members for the 2012 Olympics, women’s gymnastics clean up on Coach of the Year honors, the baseball team wins another game and the #6 ranked women’s rowing team crew won 12 of 14 races on Saturday. Grab your beverage of choice (depending on time of day) and let’s get started. For all the detailed accounts, you can look here.

Men's Lacrosse

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team clinched a spot in the ECAC tournament with a 14-4 win over Air Force Saturday in the fifth annual Showdown in the Shoe in Ohio Stadium in front of 19,213 fans. More than 30,000 fans were in the stands by the end of the lacrosse game, as the Buckeye football team played the LiFE Sports Spring Game following. "We are very thankful to Gene Smith and Coach Meyer for allowing us to share in this day,” Nick Myers, Ohio State lacrosse head coach, said. “It was great to see so many Buckeye fans here to watch us get a big conference win.”

The Buckeyes, now 7-6 on the year and 4-1 in ECAC play, shut out the Falcons (6-6, 1-4 ECAC) for the first 42:03, holding a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and an 8-0 advantage at halftime. Ohio State outscored the Falcons in the second half, 6-4, for the final 14-4 final. “It’s amazing to be able to play in front of a crowd like this. It’s a special feeling,” Brock Sorensen said. “This was our most complete game this year. I feel like we are starting to get on track.”

Next game is scheduled for April 28th against Fairfield, in Fairfield, CT.

Women’s Golf

With a team total of 894, the No. 22 Ohio State women's golf team closed regular season play with a win at their own Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus. The Buckeyes tallied a third round score of 289 at the par 72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club to secure their win by a 16-stroke margin over second-place Michigan State.

The Buckeyes' win at home was their second victory of the season and their first at the Lady Buckeye since winning in 2009. 
Also clinching a win was Rachel Rohanna. Leading after scores of 75 and 69 in day one, the Waynesburg, Pa., product carded a final round of 4-under 68 to take medalist honors by eight strokes. Totaling 212 (-4), Rohanna notched four birdies throughout round three and 11 throughout the two-day tournament. Ed. 4 under par is excellent golf on that course, in those conditions.

The Buckeyes will begin postseason play April 27-29 at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, IN.

Men’s Tennis

Before honoring Chase Buchanan and Steven Williamson on senior day, the No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team captured its seventh-consecutive outright Big Ten regular-season title with a 6-1 victory over No. 21 Michigan (16-6, 9-2) Sunday afternoon at the outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts.

Connor Smith’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex Buzzi sealed Ohio State’s 29th win (29-2, 11-0 Big Ten) of the season and 146th-consecutive victory in Columbus. Smith improved to 26-6 overall, including 15-4 record at the No. 6 position.

“We’re very fortunate to be on the run that we’ve been on these last seven years,” said
Ty Tucker, Ohio State head coach. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of the fans and the tremendous work put in by our team, especially seniors Chase [Buchanan] and Steven [Williams].”

In addition to winning its seventh-consecutive conference championship, the win vs. the Wolverines was Ohio State’s 90th-consecutive against Big Ten opponents.

Ohio State will be back in action April 26-29 as it heads to Evanston, Ill., for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.


Fencing

A trio of Buckeyes from the 2011-12 NCAA champion fencing team secured places at the 2012 Olympic Games in London at last-opportunity qualifying tournaments April 20-22. The brother-sister duo of Zain and Mona Shaito will each represent Lebanon in foil, while teammate Margarita Tschomakova will don Bulgarian colors in women’s sabre.

The Shaito siblings traveled to Wakayama City, Japan, to compete in the Asia and Oceania Olympic Qualifier. Freshman
Mona Shaito, the second-youngest in a field of 13, earned her berth April 20. Second-year foilist Zain Shaito followed up April 21, besting a group of 19 fencers to earn a trip to London alongside his sister.

All three played a vital role in Ohio State’s capture of the NCAA team title, the third in program history, at the 2012 NCAA Championships in March.
Zain Shaito earned the No. 1 seed in men’s foil with a group-leading 19 victories before carrying the momentum to his first individual championship. Mona Shaito led all female fencers with 21 wins to also secure the top seed in women’s foil. Tschomakova provided 13 wins for the Scarlet and Gray in the qualifying rounds and finished seventh. The Bonn, Germany, native never finished below ninth in her four years at the NCAA event.

Women’s Gymnastics

Carey Fagan, Ohio State women’s gymnastics head coach, was named National Coach of the Year, the NACGC/W announced. In addition, assistant coaches Bill Lorenz and Meredith Yonushonis earned Co-Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

The awards are the first for the Ohio State women’s gymnastics program, after the Buckeyes reached the program’s first NCAA Championship since 1990 and earned a Top 10 national finish.

Fagan, in her eighth year at the helm of the Buckeyes, earned her second Central Region Coach of the Year honor and Lorenz and Yonushonis were named Central Region Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year April 7 at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.

Under the guidance of the three coaches,
Sarah Miller was named first team-All-Big Ten for the second-consecutive season and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Championships team. Miller garnered a pair of Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors in 2012 while Colleen Dean earned the honor once.

Miller earned second-team All-America honors on balance beam and floor exercise while Dean garnered second-team All-America honors on floor exercise. The duo became the seventh and eighth All-Americans in Ohio State women’s gymnastics history. It is the first time the Buckeyes have had multiple All-Americans in the same season.

Baseball

The Ohio State baseball team topped Illinois, 10-4, Sunday afternoon at Illinois Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 22-18 on the season, 7-8 in Big Ten play, while Illinois falls to 22-17, 5-7 in conference. The Buckeyes held a 9-1 lead after four innings and cruised to the win.

The Buckeyes host Bowling Green at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

Women’s Rowing

The No. 6 Ohio State rowing team downed Oklahoma, Oregon State and Tennessee by winning 12 out of 14 races Saturday on Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes won all six races en route to defeating the Sooners and then earned six victories over the Beavers and Lady Volunteers.

Ohio State won 6 of 7 races in the morning session and repeated that in the afternoon session.

Up next Ohio State will return home for its final home regatta of the season and will face Harvard, Virginia and Clemson April 28 on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. The morning races are slated to begin at 9 a.m. against Harvard and Virginia, with races in the afternoon session scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with the Buckeyes rowing against Clemson.

 


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