Ohio State Hosts Virginia Tech, Denison and Cleveland State in Quad Meet

COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 1. OHIO State hosted Virginia Tech, Denison and Cleveland State on Friday afternoon and came away with wins in each of it’s three matchups on both the men’s and women’s sides. Virginia Tech topped Cleveland State and Denison in both the men’s and women’s meets, while both the Denison men and women beat Cleveland State.

Ohio State Press Release

The No. 11 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team moved to 5-0 on the season with wins over Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison on Friday evening at The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Scarlet and Gray defeated Virginia Tech 156.50-135.50, Cleveland State 201.00-91.00 and Denison 202.00-90.00. Buckeye standouts included freshman Matt McHugh and sophomore Josh Fleagle, who each won multiple events.

“This was a very competitive meet, just as we knew it would be,” said Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley. “I think it was exactly what we needed at this time of the season. Our kids swam hard and won the closes races, which was ultimately the difference in the meet. You have to give it up to Matt [McHugh] and Josh [Fleagle] for their great performances tonight. I really like where this team is at right now – we’re gelling and coming together well as a group.”

Ohio State kicked off the evening with a first place finish in the 200 yard medley relay from the team of Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, McHugh and Fleagle, who earned a time of 1:28.41. The foursome of Ryan Bubb, DJ MacDonald, Gavin Trebilcock and Michael DiSalle were not far behind in third place with a time of 1:30.40.

Alex Miller was able to maintain the Buckeyes’ early momentum when he took first place in the 1000 yard freestyle, finishing in 9:09.36.Teammate Jovan Mitrovic finished in fourth place (9:19.90).
In the 200 yard freestyle, Steffen Hillmer finished in second place with a final time of 1:38.15.

Moving on to the 100 yard backstroke, the Buckeyes had the top two finishers in McHugh, the reigning Big Ten Freshmen of the Week, and Zimmerman. McHugh clocked a time of 48.79 while Zimmerman was not far behind with a 48.94.

Ohio State also went one-two in the 100 yard backstroke, led by a first-place finish from MacDonald (56.47) and second place showing from Stevenson (56.50).

Fleagle won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.29, narrowly edging out Joe Bonk of Virginia Tech.

Fleagle continued his stellar performance in the next event, the 100 yard freestyle, winning the event with a time of 44.60.

In the 200 yard backstroke, Connor McDonald finished in first place, clocking a time of 1:46.46. Zimmerman was second at 1:47.46. Ohio State dominated the 200 yard breaststroke, notching the top four finishers in Chris Cowley (first, 2:04.04), Dimitry Dolgov (second, 2:04.47), MacDonald (third, 2:04.47) and Stevenson (fourth, 2:05.91).

Ohio State continued its strong performance in the 500 yard freestyle as Miller took with place with a time of 4:25.69. Hillmer was third in 4:31.96.

Christian Holstein took first place in the 3-meter dive (382.20) while reigning Big Ten Diver of the Week Stephen Ettienne was third (343.10).

Ohio State will return to action Friday, Nov. 8 when it takes on Big Ten foes Purdue, Iowa and Northwestern in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes took down Virginia Tech 191-109, Denison 251.50-48.50 and Cleveland State 252.00-48.00. Twelve of 16 events held went to the Scarlet and Gray, while eight different team members earned first-place finishes.

Ohio State was fast out of the gate behind swims from Reanna Dona, Rachael Dzierzak, Annelise Sprau and Michelle Williams in the 200 medley relay. With a time of 1:43.43, the crew took first-place in the event.

Next, it was Kelly Ann Baird’s opportunity to shine. The Buckeye senior notched a victory in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:01.01, a McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion record. Touching exactly a second later was freshman Lindsey Clary, who continued gaining experience with a time of 10:02.01 for the runner-up spot.

The 200 freestyle followed, which also resulted in a one, two Buckeye finish. Senior Alex Norris picked up her first win of the evening with a 1:49.37 showing. Norris’ classmate Phoebe Cater finished second in 1:50.06. In the 100 backstroke, sophomore standout Annie Gillig touched first in 55.85, which was the fastest time she has recorded in the event thus far this season.

The squad followed it up with another win from Norris, this time in the 200 butterfly (2:02.65). Ohio State also finished one, two in the 50 freestyle. Williams, a senior this season, placed first with a time of 23.11, while junior Aliena Schmidtke claimed second in 23.72.

Following a brief break, Williams represented the Scarlet and Gray with yet another win. In a time of 50.41, Williams took home the 100 freestyle. Mirroring the 50 freestyle, Schmidtke touched second for the Buckeyes.

Keeping up with the trend, Gillig then recorded her second win of the meet. Posting a 1:59.90, the Simpsonville, S.C. native led teammates Baird and Kristyn Fulcher who took second and third, respectively.

Baird became the fourth Buckeye to claim multiple individual wins with her top time in the 500 freestyle. A distance specialist for Ohio State, Baird posted a 4:51.63 in the event.

The 100 butterfly went to Aliena Schmidtke, who picked up her first top time of the meet with a 55.47 showing.

Moving on to the 200 individual medley, the domination of Gillig continued when she recorded a 2:04.60 to again place first.

Also in action for the Buckeyes, freshman Taylor Vargo earned a pair of Top 3 finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Swimming concluded with the 400 freestyle relay, where Ohio State won the event in 3:22.89. Representing the Buckeyes were Williams, Cater, Norris and Schmidtke.

On the diving side, junior Taylor Ford placed fourth on the 3-meter apparatus with 277.10 points.

Next on the Buckeye agenda, the squad will open Big Ten competition on the road Nov. 8 in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State will take on Purdue and Northwestern in a double-dual meet format. The following day the group will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to face in-state foe Ohio at 1 p.m.

Virginia Tech Press Release

The Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams both took home a pair of victories on Friday evening, as both H2Okie squads downed Cleveland State and Denison at Ohio State.

On the men’s side, the No. 14 H2Okies earned blowout victories over Cleveland State (252-48) and Denison (251-49), before falling to No. 11 Ohio State in a hard-fought 156.5-135.5 decision.

Jan Switkowski paced the swimmers on the day, taking home four medals on the day. The freshman earned the gold in the 200 Free (1:37.63) and 200 IM (1:50.86), while also swimming the anchor leg in the gold medal-winning 400 Freestyle Relay (2:58.83).

Junior Morgan Latimer also earned a trio of gold medals, swimming the second leg of the 400 Freestyle Relay, while also winning the 100 Butterfly (48.43) and 200 Butterfly (1:46.55).

The H2Okie divers were dominant in the 1-meter event, sweeping all three medals. Senior Ryan Hawkins took home the top spot with a score of 332.20, while freshman TJ Shinholser (320.55) and junior Jared Butts (316.70) completed the sweep in second and third.

In all, the men took home 24 medals, including six golds.

“Our men competed very well against the 11th-ranked Buckeyes,” Head Coach Ned Skinner said. “Jan Switkowski is becoming a real player for us and Morgan Latimer had a great meet. Our last relay was a lot of fun and we plan to keep racing hard.”

The H2Okies on the women’s side also downed Cleveland State (248-52) and Denison (239-61) before falling to the Buckeyes (191-109).

Sophomore Weronika Paluszek earned a pair of first-place finishes, taking the gold medal in the 100 Breaststroke (1:03.26) and 200 Breaststroke (2:15.47).

On the diving side, the women continued their season-long dominance, sweeping both the 1-meter and 3-meter events for the third consecutive meet. Junior Kaylea Arnett earned the gold in both events, scoring 337.20 in the 3-meter and 304.45 in the 1-meter.

Junior Kelli Stockton and freshman Ashley Buchter took second and third, respectively, in both events.

The women ended the evening with 19 medals, including four golds.

“The women did a great job throughout the meet,” Skinner said. “Our divers continue to dominate, while Weronika Paluszek was dominant and Maggie Gruber is emerging as a future superstar for us. We are learning each meet and plan to keep improving.”

The H2Okies are back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they face their first dual meet away from home this season. Tech travels to Cincinnati for a dual against the Bearcats, with action beginning at 11 a.m. with diving events. Swimming events will commence at 1 p.m.

Denison Press Release

The Big Red women’s swimmers and divers picked up a victory over Cleveland State at the quad meet with Ohio State, Virginia Tech and the Vikings. Denison suffered a 239-61 loss to the Hokies and a 251.5-48.5 defeat against Ohio State. The win over Division I Cleveland State came via a 188-112 final score.

First-year distance freestyler Campbell Costley turned in a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 free, touching in 10:22.70. She also finished seventh in the 500 free in 5:03.95. Morgan Nuess logged Denison’s best finish in the 50 free with a time of 24.23 that landed her in fourth.

Natalie Lugg posted three top-nine finishes in the 200 IM (2:10.78 — 10th), the 200 breaststroke (2:24.68 — 7th), and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.49 — 8th). Krysta Garbarino logged a seventh-place finish in the 200 butterfly and Molly Willingham touched ninth in the 100 back (1:00.06).

In the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay team of Carolyn Kane, Ashley Yearwood, Nuess, and Willingham came in third in 3:30.50.

Denison will return to action tomorrow when they travel to Gambier, Ohio for their annual dual meet with Kenyon College.

The Denison men’s swimming & diving team went 1-2 at the quad meet hosted by Ohio State University on Friday night. The Big Red secured a 180-120 win over Division I Cleveland State. Against No. 11 Ohio State, the Buckeyes came away with a 202-90 victory and No. 14 Virginia Tech topped DU 251-49.

Senior Sean Chabot posted a seventh place finish in the 100 backstroke in 51.06 and Damon Rosenburg finished in seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 57.15.

First-year Jack Lindell took home a fourth place finish in the 200 IM (1:57.25) and a ninth place showing in the 200 backstroke (1:55.36). Following Lindell in the 200 IM was Jackson Humphrey and Joe Brunk in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Senior Al Weik finished eighth in the 1000 free in 9:45.20 and 10th in the 500 freestyle (4:48.45). In the 50 free it was Ryan Fleming who touched in 21.19 to place sixth. Andrew Rich, Conrad Wuorinen, and Sam Strosnider went 6-7-8, respectively in the 100 fly.

The 400 free relay team of Carlos Maciel, Spencer Fronk, Chabot, and Wuorinen finished third in 3:06.15 while Connor Dignan paced DU in the diving well with a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter and an eighth-place finish in the 3-meter board. Dignan posted scores of 308.85 and 307.65, respectively.

Denison will return to action tomorrow when they travel to Gambier, Ohio for their annual dual meet with Kenyon College.

Cleveland State Press Release

The Cleveland State men’s swimming and diving team competed against Ohio State, Denison, and Virginia Tech on Friday evening.

The Vikings swimmers were led by freshman Patrick Walsh, junior Kyle Riordan, and senior Justin Kermack. On the diving end for CSU, sophomore Danny Roberts and sophomore Stephen Schillero had solid showings.

Walsh had consistant performances in the 1,000 Freestyle with a time of 9:45.93 and in the 500 Freestyle had a time of 4:44.47. Riordan also swam well in the 1,000 and 500 Freestyle events with times of 9:50.29 and 4:46.15. Kermack swam in the 200 butterfly and 100 butterfly events for CSU. Kermack’s time of 51.04 in the 100 butterfly gave him a fourth place finish. In the 200 butterfly he swam a time of 1:52.46.

In diving, Danny Roberts and Stephen Schillero competed in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Roberts tallied a score of 286.65 in the 1-meter and Schillero posted a score of 284.95 in the 1-meter dive. In the 3-meter, Roberts recorded a score of 324.25 and Schillero scored a 309.10.

Head Coach Wally Morton spoke about how the meet went for the Green and White. “We are in a very heavy part of our training and lifting in our practices. We have solid performances we can build upon and are looking to continue on improving week in and week out. We got a great opportunity to compete against the top teams in the nation. From that, we will get better from what kind of competition we faced.”

The Vikings fell to Ohio State 201-91, fell to Virginia Tech 252-48, and fell to Denison 180-120. The men only will be back home in the pool tomorrow afternoon at Robert F. Busbey Natatorium , (Nov. 2), against Miami (OH) with the swim events beginning at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the meet, last year’s Men’s Swimming and Diving Team will receive their Championship rings on winning the tournament last year in Chicago, Illinois.

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