Michigan vs Ohio State (Men’s Dual)
- Friday, January 29th, 2022
- Columbus, OH
- SCY (25 Yards)
- Ohio State – 189
- Michigan – 111
Michigan fell to Ohio State in a dual meet on Friday night in Columbus, where the Buckeyes won an eye-popping 13 of 16 events, including taking both relays in dominant wins.
Starting with the relays, Ohio State’s Hunter Armstrong, Alex Quach, and Sem Andreis were members of both the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays. Armstrong, a Tokyo Olympian in the 100 backstroke, led the medley off in 21.32, while Quach provided a 20.44 fly split, and Andreis anchored in 19.07. Hudson McDaniel handled breaststroke duty, splitting 23.88. The Buckeyes finished in 1:24.71, beating out Michigan’s ‘A’ team by nearly 2 seconds.
In the 400 free relay, Armstrong again led off, this time in a speedy 42.95, which was immediately followed by a 42.91 from Andreis, and a 42.81 from Quach. Ruslan Gaziev anchored the squad in 43.09, for a very quick dual meet time of 2:51.76. In fact, all 4 members of Ohio State’s ‘A’ relay out-split the fastest member of Michigan’s ‘A’ relay – Cam Peel (43.41).
Alex Quach would go on from the medley relay victory to win both fly events from the day. He started out with a 1:45.16 to win the 200 fly, outpacing teammate Chachi Gustafson, who took 2nd in 1:46.73. Quach held up well during the race, splitting 26.95, 27.76, and 27.00 respectively on his final 3 50s. He and Gustafson would go 1-2 again in the 100 fly, but Quach would win more decisively this time around. The freshman from Australia clocked a 46.19 to touch first, fueled by a 21.67 on the first 50. Gustafson was next to finish, coming in at 48.01.
Charlie Clark was on fire for Ohio State on Friday, posting victories in the 1000 free and 500 free. Clark clocked an 8:51.82 in the 1000 free, a new personal best by almost 6 seconds. He also even-split the race, splitting 4:25.93 on the first 500, and 4:25.89 on the 2nd. That bodes well for his 1650 free at Big Tens next month. Clark went on to win the 500 free in 4:18.14, just off his best of 4:17.74, which he swam at the 2021 Big Ten Champs.
Ruslan Gaziev picked up a pair of victories, winning the 200 free and 100 free. Gaziev swam a 1:35.90 in the 200. He would go on to swim a 43.53 to take the 100.
Michigan swept the breast events. Will Chan won the 100 breast, swimming a 53.56. AJ Bornstein then took the 200 breast in 1:59.33. Michigan also picked up a win in the 200 IM, where Jared Daigle swam a 1:48.27.
Michigan also saw the return of River Wright, who hadn’t raced in a college meet since October 9th, when Michigan had a dual with Oakland. In his return, Wright swam a 20.43 in the 50 free, and 44.85 in the 100.