Ratino sets two records at OAC


Jesse Kucewicz, The Exponent

The Yellow Jackets took fourth place at the OAC Championships last week. Freshman Bella Ratino, junior Allie Thorson, and sophomore Lauren Franz brought home honors.

The Baldwin Wallace University women’s swimming and diving team took home fourth place out of five total teams at the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Championships, Feb. 14-16.

John Carroll University brought the trophy home for the third straight year.

Freshman freestyler Bella Ratino led the Yellow Jackets by winning one event and setting two school-records in the process. She opened the tournament by winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in a new school record time of 2:09.55.

She went on to break another school record that had been standing for the last 9 years in the 200-yard back with a time of 2:07.81.

In her first OAC Championship, Ratino won two titles, broke three individual school-record and contributed to one school-record relay.

All in all, Ratino brought back to Berea three individual All-OAC honors and one All-OAC relay accolade.

Junior All-OAC freestyler Allie Thorson received the runner-up position in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing with a career-best time of 17:59:96 to receive her fifth career All-OAC honor and third of this year’s competition.

Sophomore diver Lauren Franz brought home her second straight OAC accolade finishing second in the 3-meter 11-dive, with a second place finish and career best total of 282.95 points.