Our facilities are a representation of the student-athletes we train and the championships we strive for. As such, it is time to bring the Ohio University Aquatic Center to the 21st century with the implementation of an enhanced scoreboard experience. We need yOUr help to complete this project.
Support OHIO Swimming and Diving's project and help the team reach their goal of $25,000
OHIO Swimming and Diving hopes to have the scoreboard ready by the 2024 MAC Championships, but we need YOU to help ensure this is a possibility. We cannot do it without you.
This project will upgrade the OHIO Aquatic Center with a new and improved scoreboard that will have touch sensors and video. The goal is to have this enhancement completed in time for the Bobcats to host the 2024 MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship.
We understands the importance of this upgrade and knows the impact it will have on recruiting, the student-athlete experience, spectatorship, and the ability to host future championships. Because of the MAC Tournament, there is a sense of urgency to fund this project.
Show your support for our student-athletes and help improve their experience here in Athens. Your generosity will also directly impact our ability to recruit the best athletes in the hopes of competing for MAC Championships each and every year.
Ohio had an extremely successful 2022-23 campaign. They went UNDEFEATED in MAC Duals last year and went 7-2 in all duals, including a win against rival Miami. The team's only losses came against Power 5 programs in Michigan and Virginia Tech.
The Bobcats had several MAC Champions, including Freshman of the Year Lauren Hartel. Hartel won the 1650-yard freestyle, which earned her All-MAC First Team honors. Ami Hornyak was the first Bobcat to win the 100-yard breaststroke since 2001. Horyak also took third place in the 200-yard breaststroke and earned All-MAC First Team honors.
McKenzie Grau was also placed on the All-MAC First Team, while Emma Fortman, Gabrielle Brust and Casadie DiBetta were named to the Second Team.
The team also excelled in the classroom earning a 3.55 team GPA. The team as a whole was named a CSCAA Scholar All-America team and had 22 student-athletes selected to the Academic All-MAC team.
Ohio Swimming and Dive looks to continue their pursuit of excellence this year having opened the season with a record of 3-0 with big wins against Illinois State, Bowling Green, and UMBC.
ABOUT THE NEW SCOREBOARD
The new scoreboard will elevate the experience at the Ohio University Aquatic Center in the following ways.
- Video capabilities increasing the spectator experience
- Touch sensors for more time accuracy
- Enable the hosting of future MAC Championships
- State of the art recruiting tool
A MESSAGE FROM CAPTAIN GABRIELLE LORING
"Previous fundraising has provided us the resources to help move the program forward. As it has gone towards new gear and travel expenses, the team has been able to build its image and experience new opportunities. Additionally, our fundraising events have given us the chance to build relationships with our alumni and supporters and share our love and pride for the program. An updated scoreboard will provide an environment equal to that of our MAC peers. With a new scoreboard we will have the opportunity to show off the facilities and program while hosting the MAC championships and future meets."
- Gabrielle Loring, Senior Captain
HEAR FROM COACH NORMAN
"Fundraising has had a direct impact on each student-athlete in our program. It has allowed us to outfit our team in new apparel, travel to new and exciting meets, and train with cutting edge equipment. The student-athletes engage directly with alumni to build relationships and share in the joys of being a part of the Ohio swimming and diving family. One of our missions is to create a championship culture, and that doesn't stop at the pool. Future fundraising efforts will allow our program and supporters the opportunity to match resources with expectations. Go Bobcats!"
-Mason Norman, Head Coach
BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER
Your generous gift to this campaign and OHIO Swimming and Diving will create opportunities for our student-athletes to succeed in and out of the pool.
Your actions now will make OHIO Swimming and Diving's $25,000 goal quickly attainable. Here are three ways alumni, families, and fans can support a bright future for swimming and diving student-athletes:
- Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701; be sure to write "Swimming and Diving" on the memo.
- Talk with Brendan Clark from the Ohio Bobcat Club about making a transformational gift to support OHIO Swimming and Diving
- If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), giving via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please also reach out to Brendan Clark.