Akron and Canadian native Sarah Watson smashed her 50 fly personal best to swim 26.98 while 16-year-old Jonathan Marshall of FAST hit 55.58 in the 100 back.
Canadian Sarah Watson of Akron swam 59.85 to win the Geneva Sectional title in the women’s 100 fly, her first sub-minute performance since 2019.
OSU’s Sommerstad, Watkins, Fulmer, Andreis, Geringer, and Clark all had individual sectional wins in Geneva alongside Denison’s Kurlich and Akron’s Fischer.
The men’s 200 fly final is one of the most highly anticipated races of the night. Mason Manta Rays’ Carl Bloebaum led prelims this morning with a 1:59.57.
Bach, who finished fifth in the 100 breast at the 2021 Women’s NCAAs, went from not having the Wave I cut to achieving the Wave II mark with her 1:09.46.
Arkansas’ Peyton Palsha has scratched out of the 400 IM after coming into the meet seeded 15th overall.
Conference champions, including Ohio State (above), Kentucky, Virginia, and Texas, performed well on day 1 of the NCAA Championship meet on Wednesday.
NC State’s MacCausland, USC’s Delgado, and MIchigan’s Pyshnenko were all crucial 21.8-legs in their respective relays before their scratches.
Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil will swim the 100 free, along with on-fire Northwestern senior Maddie Smith. Phoebe Bacon will swim the 200 back as well.
Freshman Phoebe Bacon is looking to defend the Badger’s 100 back title (won last year by Beata Nelson.) OSU’s Emily Crane was within .5 of her in prelims.
Ohio State’s depth took them to their first Big Ten title in years last season, but Michigan is deeper this time around. Also– what say Northwestern?
Ohio State won its first women’s Big Ten swimming & diving title in two decades last year, and a deep group of returners make them the favorites to repeat.
After finishing 3rd last year, Ohio State outperformed defending champion Indiana, and 2016-2018 champion Michigan, winning by a margin of by 197 points.
Ohio State heads into today with a commanding lead over Michigan.
The Ohio State swimming and diving program will compete in its first double dual of the season against Virginia Tech and Penn State on Nov. 1-2.