2019 OHIO STATE FALL INVITE
- Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23, 2019
- Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State University)
- Prelims – long course meters (LCM)
- Finals – short course yards (SCY)
- Live results
- Final Results
Given some of the star power in attendance this week, the Ohio State Invite had been fairly quiet until the first event of the final night. Notre Dame junior Zach Yeadon warmed up the pool quickly though by smoking a 14:32.48 in the 1650. That’s a two-second personal best for Yeadon, the fastest time in the country by a wide margin, and appears to be the first NCAA ‘A’ cut of the year for the men.
Yeadon’s previous personal best of 14:34.60 came at the ACC Championships his freshman year. Last year, Yeadon was 14:39 at mid-season, but was unable to go any faster at ACCs or NCAAs, ending up 13th at NCAAs with a time of 14:42.90.
(Note: the results show a 1000 free time trial, but as one of our commenters pointed out, those appear to just be the opening 1000 yards of the 1650. Still, Yeadon’s split of 8:47.33 moves him into the top 20 all-time, according to the USA Swimming database).
Yeadon’s teammate, freshman Jack Hoagland, continued the tear he’s been on this season, knocking another two seconds off his personal best in the 1650, putting up a 14:54.93 that could already put him on the bubble for a NCAA invite.
On the women’s side, Kentucky senior Asia Seidt wrapped up a strong meet by winning the 200 back in 1:50.85, leading a Wildcat sweep of the top four spots in that event. Fellow senior Ali Galyer was just behind Seidt with a 1:50.99, followed by freshman Caitlin Brooks (1:52.15) and sophomore Sophie Sorenson (1:54.86). That was the third individual win for Seidt this week, who won the 200 IM on Thursday and the 100 back yesterday. Seidt’s leadoff and a 48.55 split for Galyer helped Kentucky to a 3:16.42 victory in the 400 free relay, just missing the NCAA ‘B’ cut by 0.07s.
Despite a fairly grueling schedule, OSU’s Kathrin Demler also earned her third victory of the meet tonight. Her time of 1:55.01 in the 200 fly was under last year’s invite time, and comes after victories in the 500 free and the 400 IM.
Cameron Craig came as close as you can to tripling without actually doing it, as his 43.03 victory in the 100 free gave him two individual victories this week along with a 2nd place finish in the 100 back. Yale’s Henry Gaissert gave Craig a run for his money, finishing close behind at 43.31. Craig would later split 42.13 on OSU’s winning 400 free relay, where the Buckeyes’ time of 2:51.56 was good for a NCAA provisional cut.
- OSU’s Molly Kowal won the 1650 by over 13 seconds, winning in 16:03.23.
- Another Buckeye, Freya Rayner, followed up last night’s medley relay heroics with a 49.00 win in the 100 free over Yale’s Isabelle Henig (49.11).
- Kentucky swept the top three spots in the women’s 200 breast, led by freshman Gillian Davey‘s 2:08.29. Both that time and Bonnett Bailey’s 2:09.69 were under last year’s invite time.
- OSU freshman Thomas Watkins won the 200 back in 1:43.16, finishing over two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
- Yet another Buckeye, Jason Mathews, earned the breaststroke sweep with a 1:55.10 victory in the 200.
- The platform diving events went to Buckeyes Lexie Barker (246.70) and Jacob Siler (397.40).
- The final individual event of the meet, the 200 fly, went to Virginia Tech sophomore Antani Ivanov (1:43.01).
- Ohio State – 2518.5
- Kentucky – 2346.5
- Notre Dame – 1790.5
- UCLA – 1702.5
- Virginia Tech – 1323.5
- Yale – 1044
- Buffalo – 753
- Ohio – 466.5
- Ohio State – 2436.5
- Notre Dame – 2346
- Yale – 2060.5
- Virginia Tech – 2060.5
- Kentucky – 1768.5