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Give 'em a Buckeye
The Ohio State men's gymnastics team fell to No. 2 in the national rankings, but it still had a huge week. The Buckeyes' 215.350 score topped California and Stanford at the Kazuki Nakamori Invitational on Saturday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The No. 7 Golden Bears were second (214.450), and the No. 8 Cardinal were third (213.950). It was Ohio State's first tri-meet victory since 2002. The Buckeyes tallied a score of 217.225 to defeat Iowa and Minnesota on March 9, 2002.
On the ice
Minnesota's Natalie Darwitz, Kelly Stephens, Lyndsay Wall and Krissy Wendell were named to the Team USA roster for the 2005 IIHF World Championships to be held April 2-9 in Sweden. The tournament will be the last IIHF event for the U.S. Women's National Team before the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin. Coach Ben Smith will announce an additional player and two goalies in March to complete his 20-player roster.
On the mat
No. 1 Oklahoma State posted five straight victories to fight a 9-6 deficit and top No. 4 Lehigh, 24-9, on Saturday. The win kept the Cowboys' perfect record (20-0) intact. Heavyweight Steve Mocco started the rally with a 21-6 technical fall over No. 17 Paul Weibel, and No. 10 Nathan Morgan upset No. 5 Matt Ciasulli, 6-4, at 133 pounds.
In the pool
There were only four events on Wednesday's first night of the SEC Championships, but the top-ranked Georgia women's swim team broke five school records, tied an American record and posted top-five finishes in each event. Samantha Arsenault, Sarah Poewe, Mary DeScenza and Kara Lynn Joyce set a school record (1:38.21) to win the 200-yard medley relay and give Georgia its second consecutive title in the event. The Bulldogs also tied the American record in the women's 800-yard freestyle relay (albeit in a runner-up finish to Florida's NCAA-record 7:00.25), and DeScenza posted the fastest 200-yard freestyle time (1:44.11) in the country this year.