Ohio State vs. VT, Cleveland State, Denison
Ohio State hosted a slew of universities last Friday. They battled fellow Ohio teams, Cleveland State and Denison, and Virginia Tech made a trip to Ohio to take on the Buckeyes. After all was said and done, the Buckeyes, on both sides, walked away with a sweep. Here are the final team scores:
OSU vs VT: 191-109
OSU vs. Denison: 251.5-48.5
OSU vs. Cleveland State: 252-48
VT vs. Cleveland State: 248-52
VT vs. Denison: 239-61
Denison vs. Cleveland State: 188-112
OSU vs. VT: 156.5-135.5
OSU vs. Cleveland State: 201-91
OSU vs. Denison: 202-90
VT vs. Cleveland State: 252-48
VT vs. Denison: 251-49
Denison vs. Cleveland State: 180-120
Ohio State had the first victory in the 200 medley. Reanna Dona, Rachael Dzierzak, Annelisa Sprau and Michelle Williams won the event in 1:43.43. Across the board they had strong splits, 26.6, 29.3, 24.8 and 22.6.
Virginia Tech was second at 1:43.97. Taylor Ellis split a 28.7 on the breaststroke leg for the Hokies.
Kelly Ann Baird won the 1000 freestyle in 10:01.01 for the Buckeyes. Lindsey Clary made it a 1-2 finish, at 10:02.01. Stopping a sweep from Kaitlyn Ferrara was Jessica Hespeler from VT in a time of 10:17.84 to 10:17.89.
Following suit of her teammates, Alex Norris won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.37. Her teammate Phoebe Cater was second in 1:50.06.
Annie Gillig in a time of 55.84 won the 100 backstroke over VT’s Holly Harper’s 56.36.
Virginia Tech had their first victory in the 100 breaststroke, where they went 1-2. Weronika Paluszek won the event in 1:03.26 with Stewart in 1:04.10. Taylor Vargo from the Buckeyes was third, 1:04.36.
Norris had her second victory in a come from behind effort in the 200 butterfly. She finished 2:02.65, and overcame second place finisher Maggie Gruber the final 25. Gruber finished in 2:02.98.
Michelle Williams won both the 50 and 100 freestyle for Ohio State. Her teammate Aliena Schmidtke was second in both events as well. Williams times were 23.11 and 50.41; Schmidtke was at 23.72 and 51.41.
Katarina Filova was third in the 50 at 23.93, and fourth in the 100 at 51.74.
Annie Gillig won her second backstroke event in the 200 backstroke. She swam under 2:00 at 1:59.90. OSU had a sweep with Baird, 2:02.97, and Kristyn Fulcher, 2:02.98.
Paluszek won the 200 breaststroke in the B standard, 2:15.47. Vargo was second in 2:17.16, and her teammate Amy Bopp was third in 2:19.61.
Baird returned back to the pool, and had her second victory of the day in the 500 freestyle. Her final time was 4:51.63. Clary and Erin Dunseith made it a sweep for the Buckeyes (4:57.27, 4:59.74).
Gruber found herself in another battle, but this time with Schmidtke in the 100 butterfly. Schmidtke held on for the win in a time of 55.47, over Gruber in 55.54. Norris was close behind at 55.65 for third.
In her third individual victory of the day, Gillig won the 200 IM in 2:04.60. Bopp and Fulcher were second and third for the sweep both at 2:07s.
Ohio State had a dominate victory in the 400 freestyle, winning in 3:22.89 over Virginia Tech’s 3:28.06.
The men from Ohio State had the victory in the 200 medley relay. Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle finished at 1:28.41. All four were impressive across the board, 23.0, 24.8, 21.0, and 19.4.
Alex Miller, OSU, and Michal Szuba, VT, had a great race in the 1000 freestyle. Miller came from behind to win at 9:09.36, over Szuba’s 9:10.64.
Jan Switkowski registered a B cut in the 200 freestyle, 1:37.63, for the victory. Steffen Hillmer and Michael Disalle were second and third for the Buckeyes, 1:38.15 and 1:40.01 respectively.
McHugh won the 100 backstroke at 48.79. With Zimmerman right behind at 48.94. Collin Higgins was third at 49.05.
Topping the 100 breaststroke was DJ Macdonald in 56.47. Stevenson made it a 1-2 finish with a time of 56.50, over Emmett Dignan from VT (56.73).
Virginia Tech had another win in Morgan Latimer in the 200 butterfly. His winning time of 1:46.55 was a B time. Two seconds later was Tama Gercsak from OSU in 1:48.97.
Fleagle won both the 50 and 100 freestyle. He finished in 20.29 and 44.60.
Virginia Tech went 2-3 in the 50 with Joe Bonk and CJ Fiala, 20.39 and 20.59. VT had another second place finisher with Jan Switkowski in the 100, 44.85.
Connor McDonald and Zimmerman went 1-2 in the 200 backstroke. Their final times were 1:46.46 and 1:47.07. Higgins was third, 1:47.24.
The Buckeyes had a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 breaststroke. Chris Cowley finished first in 2:04.04, Dimitry Dolgov in second in 2:04.47, and DJ Macdonald in third in 2:04.48.
In another great distance battle, Miller and Szuba battled it out in the 500 freestyle. Miller swam a strategic race, made his move and didn’t look back to win the event in 4:25.69. Szuba was second in 4:26.02.
Virginia Tech had their turn at a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 butterfly (with OSU exhibition swims). Latimer was first in 48.43. The result was the same in the 200 IM; Switkowski won for the Hokies in 1:50.86.
In a great final race, Virginia Tech held onto the lead over a charging Buckeye relay in the 400 freestyle relay. They won 2:58.83 over OSU’s (exhibition) 2:59.06.