Ohio State Stays Undefeated after Dual Meet with Cleveland State



  • Men- Ohio State 184, Cleveland State 111
  • Women- Ohio State 184, Cleveland State 103

The Ohio State men and women continued their undefeated start to the season, taking down Cleveland State in a home dual meet on Friday afternoon. The Buckeye men picked up 184 points to top Cleveland State’s 111. The women also took 184 points in their victory, with Cleveland State earning 103 points.

Ohio State’s Brayden Seal swept the distance events for the Buckeyes to help them to victory. Seal was the only double event winner on the men’s side, topping the field by almost 15 seconds in the 1000 free with his 9:27.20. He returned to the pool for the 500 free, winning by an even larger margin of 17 seconds when he hit the wall at 4:32.06.

Cleveland State’s Philipp Sikatzki took on Ohio State’s Matt McHugh, a Big Ten champion, in the 100 fly. McHugh had the slight edge through the first 50 yards, but Sikatzki had the faster back half. He touched the wall in 47.90 for the win ahead of McHugh’s 48.33.

On the women’s side, Cleveland State’s Molly McNamara battled with Ohio State All-American Lindsey Clary in the 200 fly. Clary made a late charge on the final 50, but McNamara held her off for a Cleveland State victory in 2:02.56 to Clary’s 2:02.66.

Amanda McNulty and Meg Bailey both pulled off successful doubles for the Buckeye women. Bailey swept her specialty breaststrokes, winning the 100 breast in 1:04.76 and the 2000 breast in 2:19.36. McNulty, on the other hand, clocked a 2:05.35 to win the 200 back and raced to a 55.93 to outpace McNamara (56.20) in the 100 fly.


Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State hosted Cleveland state on Friday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and came away with a 184-111 victory to start its weekend off well. The Buckeyes are now 3-0 in dual meets on the year, having defeated three fellow Ohioans- Kenyon, Denison, and now Cleveland State.

The foursome of Matt McHugh, Jack Barone, Michael Salazar, and Mossimo Chavez got things started with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:29.62). Brayden Seal followed that up with a first place finish in the 1000 freestyle (9:15.75, his fastest of this young season), making him a perfect 3-for-3 in that event this year so far. Salazar returned to his winning ways quickly, taking first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.28).

Cleveland State took the next two events: the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. McHugh posted the fastest Buckeye time in the 100 back (48.33) while Michael Eaton was the top OSU finisher in the 100 breast (57.29). For McHugh, that was his best time in that event so far this year.

Two more swimming events wrapped up before the break: the 200 butterfly and the 50 freestyle. For Ohio State it meant two more first place finishes and two more season-best times. Ching Lim took care of the 200 fly with his time of 1:49.12, while Josh Fleagle outpaced the field in the 50 free (20.64).

Diving-wise it was all Colin Zeng. The national champion took first place on 3-meter (389.18) and also on 1-meter (400.13). He was the only diver to crack 400 on the latter event.

Cleveland State and Ohio State would split the rest of the individual swimming events. The Vikings took the 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 IM. Top Ohio State finishers for those races were Brad Shannon in the 200 back (1:51.80), Salazar for the 100 fly (49.10), and Daniel Gloude for the 200 IM (1:53.64).

The three Buckeye event wins came in the 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 500 freestyle. Mark Belanger bested the rest of the field in the 100 free, swimming a time of 45.79; sophomore Brandon Fronczak took first place in the 200 breast (2:05.91); and Seal continued his distance freestyle domination by winning the 500 free in a time of 4:32.06.

Closing out the day’s events was the 400 freestyle relay. Andrew Appleby, Belanger, Nathan Christian, and Mossimo Chavez produced the fastest time in that event at 3:02.70.

The Buckeyes return to the pool tomorrow, Saturday, for a dual meet against Miami (OH). Competition will begin at 1 p.m.


Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State hosted Cleveland state on Friday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and won 184-103 to start its weekend on the right foot. The Buckeyes are now 3-0 in dual meets on the year, having defeated three fellow Ohioans- Kenyon, Denison, and now Cleveland State.

Elizabeth Auckley, Molly Washko, Meg Bailey, and Cheyenne Meek kicked things off with the 200 medley relay, finishing in first place with a time of 1:43.94. Former Big Ten Rookie of the Week Mikayla Murphy then took first place in the 1000 freestyle (10:22.88) before Maria Coy outpaced the field in the 200 freestyle (1:50.87).

A pair of first place finishes followed for Ohio State. Kaitlyn Ferrara took the top spot in the 100 backstroke (57.49) and Bailey came out on top again, this time individually in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.76). Cleveland State then earned its first event win of the afternoon in the 200 butterfly; Ohio State’s top finisher in that event was Lindsey Clary, who was just a tenth of a second behind the leader.

Li got the Buckeyes back on top, winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.70, the fastest time in that event by an OSU swimmer this season. The first diving result of the afternoon rolled in around this time; Haley Allen placed first on three-meter for the Buckeyes with a score of 287.10. Allen would also reign supreme on one-meter, winning with a mark of 272.03.

Coming out of the break Cleveland State won the 100 freestyle; Ohio State’s top finisher was freshman Quinn Fike (54.40). After that, the Buckeyes won the remaining six events, a great way to wrap up its third dual meet of the year.

Amanda McNulty won two of those six events: the 200 backstroke (2:05.35) and the 100 butterfly (55.93); Bailey finished in first for the third time today in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.36); Kathrin Demler was the only finisher in the 500 freestyle to go sub-5:00 (4:57.95); Kathleen Cook touched the wall first in the 200 IM (2:07.46); and the relay group of Coy, Lucija Jurkovic, Fike, and Murphy ended Ohio State’s day on a high note, swimming the fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.88).

The Buckeyes return to the pool tomorrow, Saturday, for a dual meet against Miami (OH). Competition will begin at 1 p.m.


Columbus, Ohio – The Cleveland State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Big Ten foe Ohio State Friday afternoon and dropped dual meets to the Buckeyes inside the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The CSU men fell, 184-111, and the women’s team lost, 184-103.

Sophomore Tommi Wolst won all three individual events he competed in against the Big Ten foe. Wolst won the 100 breaststroke in his first individual swim Friday in 56.47 seconds. He then swam the 200 backstroke for the first time this season and promptly won the event by over two seconds, stopping the clock in 1:49.37. Wolst finished his day by winning the 200 IM by over one second. He finished first in 1:52.27, his fastest time on the season in the event.

Senior Philipp Sikatzki posted first-place finishes in both individual swims of the afternoon, surpassing the NCAA ‘B’ standard in both events. He won the 100 back in 47.90 seconds and also claimed the 100 butterfly in 47.66 seconds, his fastest time in the event on the season.

Freshman DJ Arslanian took third in the 200 butterfly in 1:54.32. He also took fifth in the 100 freestyle in 47.60 seconds.

Freshman Tyler Stevenson was the Vikings’ top finisher in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.57. Sophomore MacJilton Lewis was Cleveland State’s top finisher in the 1000 freestyle as he claimed fifth in 9:57.92, his fastest time of the season. Lewis also was CSU’s top finisher in the 500 free in 4:49.99, an improvement on his time from last month.

Sophomore Molly McNamara and freshman Gabriella Marinelli won events to lead the way for the Viking women.

McNamara claimed the 200 butterfly in 2:02.56 and was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly in 56.20 seconds, her fastest time of the season. She also swam the third leg of the Vikings’ top 200 medley relay team Friday, a quartet that finished in 1:46.62.

Marinelli won the 100 freestyle in 53.87 seconds. She was also the top CSU finisher in the 200 free, as she took fourth in that event in 1:54.78, the best time by a Viking this season.

With Marinelli leading the way, the Vikings actually finished 1-2 in the 100 free and took three of the top five spots. Senior Anna Evans was the runner-up to Marinelli, finishing in a time of 54.23 seconds, while junior Jamie VanDewerker took fifth in 54.47 seconds.

VanDewerker and Evans were CSU’s top two finishers in the 50 freestyle as the former took third (24.56) while the latter took fifth (24.74).

Junior Tobie Zeller was the runner-up in both breaststroke events, resetting her season best in both disciplines. She finished the 100 in 1:05.19 and touched the wall in the 200 in 2:24.87.

Sophomore Michaela Bargardi took second in the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:07.56, the fastest time by a Viking in that event this season.

Cleveland State will return to action next weekend as it hosts its three-day Magnus Cup meet, which will begin Friday, Nov. 18.

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