Ohio State Women Sweep Relays as they Defeat Michigan 152.5-147.5

Ohio State Buckeyes Def. Michigan Wolverines (Women)

  • Michigan at Ohio State
  • January 28, 2022
  • Meet Mobile: “Ohio State vs Michigan”
  • Results PDF 
  • McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, OH
  • Score: Women: OSU 152.5 Michigan 147.5 

Ohio State hosted Michigan for a Big Ten rival meet on Friday, January 28th. This was a showdown on the women’s side as the two teams have battled it out for many of the most recent Big Ten Championships. It also was a small preview for what most likely will be the battle for the conference title coming in about three weeks from now. Both teams were unsuited. The Michigan women had won every dual meet since the 2014-2015 season until this year. 

Note: Separate men’s recap

Women’s Meet

The Ohio State women swam to a close 152.5-147.5 over Michigan. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was sophomore Maya Geringer. Geringer won both the 500 (4:47.29) and 1000 (9:43.22) freestyles. Her 500 freestyle was about 2.5 seconds faster than she went last weekend at Notre Dame. Her 1000 freestyle was a season best.

The Buckeyes were also led by junior Amy Fulmer. Fulmer swam to wins in the 100 (48.46) and 200 (1:46.62) freestyles. Her 100 freestyle was key to Ohio State’s win as she finished ahead of Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil who swam to second place in a time of 48.88. Fulmer holds the #10 time in the NCAA this season in the 100 freestyle as she went a 48.09 at midseason. She also holds #15 time in the NCAA this season in the 200 freestyle (1:44.98). 

Ohio State also swept the diving events as junior Mackenzie Crawford won both the 1 and 3 meter. She won the 1 meter with a score of 291.53. She won the 3 meter with a score of 330.75.

Ohio State also won both relays helping them secure the win. The Buckeye’s 200 medley relay ‘A’ relay won in a time of 1:36.95 compared to Michigan’s 1:37.62. The key leg for Ohio State was butterfly. Katherine Zenick split a 23.29, almost a whole second faster than Olivia Carter swam (24.11). 

The 400 freestyle relay was also a tight relay as Ohio State finished in a time of 3:15.41 right ahead of Michigan’s 3:15.55. Fulmer swam a split of 47.73 on the second leg helping propel OSU to the win.

Although they lost the meet, Michigan once again showed their fast freshman and senior classes. Freshman Letitia Sim had the most individual wins on the day winning the 100 breaststroke (59.82), 200 breaststroke (2:09.72), and 200 IM (1:58.63). These times were not far off of her season best times of 59.06 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:09.08 in the 200 breaststroke. 

Freshman Lindsay Flynn also captured a win for the Wolverines as she won the 50 freestyle in a time of 22.73. This was 0.26 faster than she swam two weekends ago at Minnesota. Her season best of 22.12 places her at #15 in the NCAA this season. 

Senior Olivia Carter won both the 100 (53.06) and 200 (1:55.75) butterflies. Carter holds the fastest time in the NCAA this season in the 200 butterfly as she swam a time of 1:51.62 at midseason. Carter also holds the #8 time in the NCAA this season in the 100 butterfly as she swam a time of 51.54. 

Maggie MacNeil also showed her strength by winning the 100 backstroke and finishing second behind Fulmer in the 100 freestyle. MacNeil won the 100 backstroke in a time of 52.43, exactly one second ahead of sophomore teammate Casey Chung who swam a time of 53.43. Chung also won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:56.93. 

Both teams are hosting an invite meet the weekend of February 12-13th before they travel to the Big Ten Championships. The Women’s Big Ten Championships are scheduled for February 16-19th at Wisconsin.

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Going home blue
5 months ago

This loss is 100% on the coaching staff. Team is ahead after a stacked 100 back and there isn’t a 2nd breaststroker to have a competitive B medley relay or place in the 100 breast event.

Phil McDade
5 months ago

Teams can bring 18 “spots,” w/ divers counting half a spot. So — bring 4 divers & you can bring 16 swimmers. And so on (15 swimmers & you can bring 6 divers; 17 swimmers = only two divers). It obviously makes sense to bring an even number of divers…

Admin
Reply to  Phil McDade
5 months ago

Unless you have an odd number of divers available (on your roster/healthy/eligible), and your 5th diver scores more than your 16th swimmer.

B1G Daddy
5 months ago

Wyatt Davis did not make trip…but River Wright returned!

There are some tremendous comments here. See ‘em at Big Tens.

TDixon
5 months ago

Men’s meet recap?

Ghost
5 months ago

What about men’s meet?

Huh
Reply to  Ghost
5 months ago

OSU dominated.

Former Big10
Reply to  Ghost
5 months ago

Charlie Clark is a beast, look at his splits. Made his move at the 250 and dusted an Olympian… in the 500 AND 1000 🙃
Is Hunter really about to be throwing down (SS vernacular) 45 second 100 backs in dual meets 😂.
Michigan is HURTING for a backstroker… almost as bad as they need a diver.
Michigan only won 3 events, OSU went 1,2 in the majority.
It will be nice, not hearing the Michigan fight song at Big10’s this year 🤗

Ghost
Reply to  Former Big10
5 months ago

Michigan has struggled for a backstroker most years over the last decade

PsuFan
5 months ago

Question out of curiosity. Do the swimmers who don’t go to conference usually rest for these last dual meets?

Admin
Reply to  PsuFan
5 months ago

Yes, it’s pretty common for swimmers to rest for their last dual meet. Often, those “first chance” meets serve the same function, but this year, seems to be more common in dual meets.

B1G Swammer
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

No one prepared for this meet. Looking at times compared to what they typically go in season across the board they’re the same if not a little faster because of adrenaline. Michigan definitely looked like they were hurting though which could be attributed to travel. It’ll be a good showdown at B1G regardless.

Fairisfair
Reply to  PsuFan
5 months ago

I can say for fact that neither team was rested or suited. It was a brawl. A great meet to watch and I’m sure an amazing college sport experience for the kids racing. Someone has to win, and someone has to lose, but rivalries bring out the best you’ve got to give…

B1G Daddy
Reply to  Fairisfair
5 months ago

A simulated dual between these two teams scores out 175-125 Michigan. The result was 130 points different. You can say all you want, these two teams didn’t approach the meet the same. I count 8 B1G Champ finalists for Michigan including two Olympians who scored 8 pts or less in the dual.

Gal Groumi might win the B1G 200 IM title by over a second. He was third Friday. He won neither Fly, which he’ll be no worse than 2nd at B1Gs in either.

The list is long of similar examples. It’s a dual meet. OSU won at home. It indicates nothing in regards to the end of the year.

Aaron
Reply to  PsuFan
5 months ago

kind of off topic but how does qualification work for big 10s and other conferences in general?

Swammer
Reply to  Aaron
5 months ago

No qualifications. Teams can bring x swimmers (18 I think?). This number includes swingers and divers (divers are 1/2 a swimmer). Coaches need to be strategic in who they bring across 2 sports and a multitude of different races.

Swammer
Reply to  Swammer
5 months ago

*swimmers not swingers*

Admin
Reply to  Swammer
5 months ago

This is correct for the Big Ten. Travel team of 26, declare your 18 scorers, with divers counting as half, morning of day 1. Divers count as half.

Other conferences have other rules.

SEC, for example, allows a roster of 22. They can be swimmers or divers in any combination – everyone counts as one roster spot.

SWI❌SWA❌
5 months ago

MAYA GERINGER IS THE 👑👑👑

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