Around the Oval: Women's Basketball and Fencing Claim Conference Titles, Track and Field and Men's Swimming Finish Second

By Kevin Harrish on February 28, 2022 at 12:30 pm
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Ohio State excellence is not exclusive to the football field or the basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you updated on what's happening with some of the other sports on campus.

Conference Champs

A few Buckeye teams competed for their respective conference titles this week and came home with some hardware.

Women's Basketball

The Ohio State women's hoops team downed Michigan State on Sunday afternoon and got some help from Iowa's win over Michigan a few hours later to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Not only are the Buckeyes the one of the Big Ten champs, sharing the title with Iowa, but they earned the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament, owning the tiebreaker over the Hawkeyes.

By tying for the top spot in the conference standings, Ohio State wins its 16th regular-season Big Ten title, the most of any team in the conference. It’s the first regular season championship for the Buckeyes since 2018, when they also went on to win the Big Ten Tournament title.


Ohio State's fencing program had an absolute dominant weekend at the Central Collegiate Fencing Championships on Sunday, winning both the men’s and women’s team.

It was a near sweep in the individual titles, as well, with the Buckeyes winning conference titles in men’s and women’s sabre, men's and women's foil, and the men’s epee title.

The Buckeyes will now host the NCAA Regionals on March 12 in the French Field House with the NCAA Championships scheduled for March 24-27 in South Bend, Indiana.

Track and Field

The Big Ten held its indoor conference track and field championship this week and both Ohio State's men and women's teams showed out with both squads finishing second at the event.

Though neither squad was able to win the team title, there were several Buckeyes who brought home individual titles.

On the women’s side, Anavia Battle won two titles as she finished first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.28 seconds and won 200-meter gold in a Big Ten Championships record time of 22.39 seconds. Fellow Olympian Adelaide Aquilla won the shot put with a top throw of 18.71 meters and Jaimie Robinson took triple jump gold with a winning distance of 13.02 meters.

On the men’s side, Tyler Johnson won two titles as he finished first in both the 200 (20.76 seconds) and 400 (45.31 seconds), while Luke Bendick took gold in the pole vault with a winning height of 5.45 meters. 

Men's Swimming and Diving

Men's swimming and diving competed for a Big Ten title this weekend and came up just shy, finishing second in the conference championship event.

Though they didn't bring home the team title, several Buckeyes earned individual titles throughout the event.

Hunter Armstrong led the way with two individual titles, taking first place in 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Charlie Clark also claimed a title in 1,650 freestyle while freshman Alex Quach won the100 butterfly.

Ohio State also made a splash in the relays. The team of Armstrong, Hudson McDaniel, Quach and Sem Andreis won the title in 200 medley relay and the team of Armstrong, Andreis, Quach and Ruslan Gaziev won both the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

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