Bearcats Head to Columbus for Showdown at Ohio State
Fr. Jessica Piper

Jan. 25, 2013

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams will travel to Columbus, Ohio on Saturday to compete against Ohio State University starting at 1 p.m. at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The Cincinnati men will go head to head with the 10th-ranked OSU men’s team, while the UC women face the 15th-ranked Buckeyes (6-2, 0-1 Big Ten) on Ohio State’s Senior Day.

Live results of Saturday’s meet will be available on the Ohio State men’s and women's swimming and diving teams’ home pages at For those who plan on making the trek to Columbus, admission will be free.

The UC women are coming off a first-place showing last Saturday, while the Cincinnati men finished third, in their tri-meet with Kenyon College and Oakland (Mich.) University at Keating Aquatics Center. The UC women totaled 591.50 points, followed by Oakland (516.50) and Kenyon (466). The Oakland men placed first overall with 689.50 points, followed by Kenyon (476) and the Bearcats (452.50).

UC will rely on top its performers to combat a talented OSU squad.

Through eight weeks of competition in the 2012-13 season, freshman Jessica Piper, sophomore Helena Pikhartova, freshman Iuliia Fedoreeva and junior Weronika Wasiakowska currently own the second-fastest mark in the BIG EAST Conference in the women’s 400-yard medley relay after recording a school-record time of 3:43.84 set Nov. 29, 2012.

Piper’s 200-yard back mark of 1:57.89 set Nov. 29 is the fourth fastest in the conference, while senior Erin Frye’s time of 1:59.67 sits in seventh place.

Pikhartova owns the fifth best 100-yard breaststroke time in the league at 1:02.25, which is 2.87 ticks out of first place.

In the men’s 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Awse Ma'aya holds the ninth fasted time in the BIG EAST with a mark of 1:49.38 set Nov. 16, 2012. Ma’aya is just 3.39 seconds from the fastest time set by Notre Dame’ junior Bertie Nel on Nov. 30.