COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 8. ALMOST a week after nearly taking down the Michigan men’s team, Ohio State had a much easier time against the Division I mid-major team from Wright State on Friday night, winning with a score of 159-106.
The Buckeyes, who rank No. 4 in the recent CSCAA men’s top 25 poll, won every event in their final dual meet of the season. Diver Stephen Etienne was the only double winner, winning the 1-meter springboard by 95 points with a score of 383.03. He was equally dominant on the 3-meter, scoring 423.98 points to win by 77 points.
Ohio State put the meet away early, going 1-2-3 in the first two individual events. Alex Osterhage led the way in the 1000 freestyle with a 9:28.95, followed by a 1:38.05 by Josh Fleagle in the 200 free.
The Buckeye streak continued with a 51.17 from Andrew Appleby in the 100 backstroke, followed by a 57.27 by Garrett Trebilcock in the 100 breast. Chris Depietro posted a 1:53.76 to win the 200 fly, while Michael Disalle won the 50 free with a 21.07.
Tim Phillips, back on the OSU campus for his senior season after spending the fall training with SwimMAC-Carolina, won the 100 free with 45.00. He also posted a 21.60 butterfly split on OSU’s winning 200 medley relay and led off the 200 free relay with a 20.83.
Rowan Williams kept the day rolling for Ohio State with a win in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:52.82. DJ Macdonald won the 200 breast in 2:02.17 to keep the first-place points coming for the Buckeyes.
By this point, the meet victory had been secured, and Ohio State swam exhibition in the next two events. Though the Buckeyes posted 1-2-3 finishes in the 500 free (led by a 4:31.22 from Steffen Hillmer) and 100 fly (with Peter Lyon posting a 50.45), the first-place points went to Matthew Dassow in the 500 free with his 4:41.51, and to Merritt Sparks in the 100 fly on his 52.36 swim.
Ohio State picked up nine points in the final individual event, the 200 IM, from Michael Gallagher, as he posted a 1:52.27.