The Ohio State Invitational features a unique format, offering a long course meter prelim and a ten lane final session in short course yards. Day one events featured twenty swims under the Olympic Trials qualifying standard, and an outstanding finals session highlighted by Caeleb Dressel’s 18.77 that got fans across the country buzzing. This morning, 23 swims were Olympic Trial qualifying times from the ten events contested. Florida has the lead in both men’s and women’s team score at this point, and looks strong again heading into finals tonight.
The 400 IM had four women and two men under the Olympic Trials standard 4:54.99. Ohio State’s Lindsey Clary set herself apart from the field with a 4:45.00, four seconds ahead of Kentucky freshman Kathryn Painter at 4:49.06. They were followed by two from Florida, Hannah Burns (4:53.94) and Jessica Thielmann (4:54.68) also made the cut. Kentucky’s Brandon Flynn and Florida’s Mark Szaranek made the men’s cut with 4:25.48 and 4:26.68 respectively.
All three of the women who were under the OT cut in the 100 fly were entered unattached. Christina Bechtel (UN-KY 59.78,) Aliena Schmidtke (UN-OH 1:00.00,) and Abby Myers (UN-KY 1:00.55) all dipped under the 1:01.19 standard, with Miami’s My Fridell missing the cut by just .01 with her 1:01.20 finish. Ohio State’s Matt McHugh did the same with his 54.80 prelim finish, while two Florida Gators, Caeleb Dressel (54.06) and Jan Switkowski (53.94,) were able to surpass the 54.79 standard.
The top three seeds in the women’s 200 freestyle final all achieved their Trials cuts this morning, led by Florida’s Amelia Maughan at 2:00.54. The other two qualifiers were both unattached Ohio swimmers, Sam Cheverton at 2:01.09 and Alex Norris at 2:01.41. Florida’s Jan Switkowski was the lone male to achieve the standard in the men’s event with 1:51.85 to claim the fastest lane in the final heat.
Kendra Crew owns the top seed going into the final tonight for the 100 breaststroke after her 1:11.75 prelim performance. The Ohio State men took the first five places coming out of the prelim, led by DJ McDonald at 1:02.05, the lone breaststroker to surpass the Trials cut in the morning.
The 100 back was the deepest event for the long course session, with six women below the 1:03.39 required for the Trials, led by a tie between two Kentucky Wildcats. Danielle Galyer and Bridgette Alexander both turned in a 1:01.55 to claim the middle lanes in the finals session, with the next fastest behind them a 1:02.98 from Florida’s Sydney Sell. Three more 1:03’s squeaked under the cut, from Florida’s Georgia-Mae Hohmann at 1:03.20 and Ohio State’s Zulal Seren (103.24) and Camey Rabold (1:03.36.) The men’s back prelim was a 1-3 sweep from Florida, with Corey Main picking up a Trials cut at 56.44, and a tie for the 2nd position from Jack Blyzinskyj and Bayley Main at 57.42.
Tune in tonight for the exciting short course action. Finals begin at 6pm.