ADA - No. 22-ranked Ohio Northern women swimming and diving team edged NCAA Division II Findlay 145-135 in a non-conference swimming & diving meet Friday evening at the ONU Sports Center.The Polar Bears improve to 4-3, while the Oilers fall to 2-2.
Northern was clinging to a 132-131 lead entering the final event of the night.
Sophomore Allison Lohnes, freshman Emily Uhrin, freshman Jill Chapman and sophomore Lindsey Inkrott won the 400 free relay by nearly four seconds in 3:43.79 to lift the Polar Bears to the thrilling victory.
"It was exciting to match up with Findlay in such a close meet," ONU head coach Peggy Ewald said. "The outcome of the meet came down to the final race and is was exciting to see our women pull it out. The ladies really had to come together and stay tough throughout the entire meet. This took us to a new level of team unity. I'm very proud of how they swam."
Lohnes, Uhrin and Chapman also won individual events for ONU.
Lohnes won the 100 back in 1:01.87, Uhrin won the 200 free in 2:00.84 and Chapman won the 100 free in :55.26.
Senior Lindsey Rayhill won the 100 fly in 1:00.95 and freshman Molly Wheeler won the 50 free in :26.19.
The Polar Bears will be off for the Christmas Holidays and will return to action Jan. 10-11 at the Calvin (Mich.) Invitational.