Ohio State Picks Up Victories In Home Dual Against Denison

OHIO STATE VS. DENISON

  • Results (Men)
  • Results (Women)
  • Hosted by Ohio State University
  • Friday, November 4th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  • Men: Ohio State 186, Denison 103
  • Women: Ohio State 187, Denison 107

The Ohio State men and women both added another win to their season record on Friday, as the Buckeyes took down Denison in a home dual meet. The men finished the meet with a 186-103 victory, while the women won the meet 187-107.

Ohio State’s Matt McHugh, the 2016 Big Ten 100 fly and 100 back champ, raced to a pair of 48s in those events today. In the 100 back, he threw down a 48.45 to outswim teammate Mark Belanger (49.30). Following that win, McHugh returned to the pool for the 100 fly, where he battled closely with Ohia State’s Michael Salazar. The two swimmers finished within tenths of eachother, as Salazar hit the wall first in 48.30 to McHugh’s 48.63.

On the women’s side, Ohio State All-Americans Lindsey Clary and Liz Li each picked up individual wins for the Buckeyes. Clary posted the only sub-5:00 time to win the 500 free, racing to the wall in 4:54.14 to finish nearly 10 seconds ahead of the field. Li, on the other hand, was the 100 fly and 100 back champ, clocking identical times to win both events in 55.09.

PRESS RELEASES – OHIO STATE:

Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State hosted Denison University on Friday night at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and came away with a 186-103 victory. For the second consecutive meet, OSU had the fastest time or highest mark in every swimming and diving event.

Getting started was the 200 medley relay. Matt McHugh, Jack Barone, Michael Salazar, and Mossimo Chavez got things going with a time of 1:29.60, the best in the field. Distance freestyle-extraordinaire Brayden Seal took the top spot in the 1000 freestyle with his time of 9:24.35, the fastest by nearly 20 seconds.

A week after four first place finishes, Josh Fleagle nabbed another one early in the 200 freestyle (1:37.34). McHugh won his second event of the night when he posted a time of 48.45 in the 100 backstroke, besting teammate Mark Belanger who actually outpaced McHugh the second half of the race.

Michael Eaton and Barone then held a hotly contested race in the 100 breaststroke with Eaton coming out ahead (57.19 to 57.30). The next Buckeye swimmer to win an event was Ching Lim, who took the top spot in the 200 butterfly with his time of 1:49.43.  Following Lim was Nick Brodie in the 50 freestyle; his time of 20.82 was the fastest of the bunch, and the only sub-21:00 time in the field.

The first diving event of the meet wrapped up around this time. Colin Zeng’s score of 433.65 on three-meter wasn’t just the only one above 400, it was the highest by a wide margin. It was the same story for one-meter; Zeng posted a mark of 428.10, again the only diver over 400. Junior Stephen Romanik came in second to Zeng both times.

Belanger and Thomas Trace were next up for their first place finishes. Belanger won the 100 freestyle (45.79) and Trace won the 200 backstroke, beating out a pair of Buckeyes with the same time (Brad Shannon and Andrew Appleby tied at 1:50.93). Sophomore Brandon Fronczak was the first to touch the wall in the 200 breaststroke at 2:06.14.

Seal again paced the field in one of the longer freestyle events; his time of 4:31.16 in the 500 free bested the crop of nine other swimmers.

Three events remained: 100 butterfly, 200 IM, and 400 freestyle relay. Salazar and McHugh battled in the 100 fly, with Salazar coming out on top (48.30); Lim outswam his competitors for the second time tonight in the 200 IM (1:51.96); and the foursome of Fleagle, McHugh, Nathan Christian, and Belanger (3:00.59) finished the meet on a high note for the Buckeyes in the 400 free relay.

Next on the docket for Ohio State are two more meets against Ohio schools. On Friday, Nov. 11 it hosts Cleveland State at 4 p.m., and the following day welcomes the Miami RedHawks for a dual meet at 1 p.m.

Columbus, Ohio— Two home meets, two wins for the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams. The Buckeyes earned a 187-107 win over Denison University on Friday night.

OSU posted the fastest time or highest mark in all but two events against the Big Red. Both Liz Liand Macie McNichols led the way for Ohio State, posting the fastest time in six total events between the two of them. Denison freshman KT Kustritz won both breaststroke events.

Li and McNichols swam with Molly Washko and Elizabeth Auckley started the meet off with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:42.72). Kathleen Cook and Meg Bailey swam freestyle to take the next two events; Cook won the 1000 free with a time of 10:15.81 and Bailey’s win came in the 200 free (1:50.87). Li was back at it shortly after the relay, winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.09.

Denison’s Kustritz earned the first of her two breaststroke wins next, taking the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.33, narrowly edging out Washko, who posted the fastest Ohio State time at 1:03.37. The 200 butterfly followed and Amanda McNulty took first with a time of 2:02.47, just before a Buckeye battle in the 50 freestyle. McNichols and Cheyenne Meek went 1-2 in that event, with McNichols’ time of 23.30 topping Meek’s mark of 23.69.

Meek wouldn’t have to wait much longer for a first place finish though, she won the very next event: the 100 freestyle, with a time of 51.70. Backstroke specialist Zulal Zeren followed that up by doing what she does best, winning the 200 back with a time of 2:00.89. The 200 breaststroke was up next and Kustritz of the Big Red came out on top, with Washko again swimming the fastest Ohio State time (2:20.28).

Lindsey Clary had an impressive showing for the 500 freestyle, her time of 4:45.14 was the only one in the field under 5:00. Li outpaced the field in the 100 butterfly, the 2016 Big Ten Champion touching the wall at 55.09 to pace the other eight swimmers.

The second of two diving events wrapped up around this time. Lara Tarvit squeaked by Haley Allen for first place on one-meter (297.83 to 295.20). Allen had a more sizable win early, taking first on three-meter with a score of 287.25. This was the second meet in a row that the two split diving events.

Just two events remained: the 200 IM and the 400 freestyle relay. Freshman Kathrin Demleroutpaced the field in the former with a time of 2:06.96, while McNichols, Cook, Meek, and Lucija Jurkovic finished the relay with a time of 3:29.75.

Next on the docket for Ohio State are two more meets against Ohio schools. On Friday, Nov. 11 it hosts Cleveland State at 4 p.m., and the following day welcomes the Miami RedHawks for a dual meet at 1 p.m.

PRESS RELEASES – DENISON:

No. 3 Denison suffered a 187-107 loss to the 22nd ranked team in Division I, Ohio State, on Friday night at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The Big Red was led by first-year KT Kustritz who posted three victories in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM.  Kustritz’s wins in the 200 breast (2:18.68) and the 100 breast (1:03.33) were NCAA ‘B’ cut times.

Another ‘B’ cut time was improved upon by Halli Garza in the 200 fly as she placed second with a season-best time of 2:04.40.  Casey Kirby was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke in 57.39.  She also finished fourth in the 200 back in 2:05.93.

Erica Hsu touched third in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:37.43 and Carly Olsakovsky placed third in the 100 freestyle following a time of 54.02.

Carolyn Kane finished second in the 100 fly (57.77) and was third in the 50 free with a time of 24.31.  Her classmate, Campbell Costley, took home third place in the 500 freestyle following a time of 5:05.23.

In diving, Sarah Lopez placed third on the 1-meter board with a score of 213.98.  Allison Fitzgerald took third on the 3-meter board by totaling 222.00.

Denison closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay as Kane, Kirby, Costley and Olsakovsky posted a time of 3:33.43.

The top-ranked team in Division III squared off against the 23rd ranked team in Division I on Friday night and Ohio State handed the Big Red men’s swimming & diving team a 186-103 loss at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Jake Ball finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 58.55 and was fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.26.

Bebe Wang won the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.41 and was fourth in the 200 back in 1:51.46.

Stuart Hohm touched fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.94 and Aaron Saccurato touched third in 1:54.99.  Hohm also placed first in the 500 freestyle following a time of 4:36.16 and Kenny Fox was a winner in the 100 fly in 50.75.

In the 1,000 freestyle, Matt Hedman took third in 9:44.16.  He was followed by Ben Burdick in 9:47.41.

The meet was closed out by a victory in the 400 free relay as Max Howes, Fox, Hohm and Walter Dauksher combined for a winning time of 3:05.11.

Brian Allen finished fifth on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards while Max Levy took seventh In both events.

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