COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 26. EACH year, the NCAA Division I Ohio State Buckeyes and the NCAA Division III Kenyon Lords and Ladies do battle with Kenyon using the dual meet as a benchmark for where the D3 power’s season stands at this point of the season.
Ohio State wound up putting up a strong showing with wins in the women’s (191-99) and men’s (186-101) meets.
“I was very pleased with our freshmen,” Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley said. “Our upper classmen have done a very good job of allowing our freshmen to become an important part of our team. There’s still more in terms of teamwork that we want to accomplish, but really I think our guys are coming together pretty well.”
Ohio State dominated the women’s meet topping nearly every event. Alex Norris won the 1000 free in 10:08.64 to kick off individual scoring.
Phoebe Cater raced to victory in the 200 free with a 1:52.54 to 1:52.65 touchout ahead of teammate Annie Gillig. Gillig bounced back later in the meet with a 4:59.55 to win the 500 free. Cater doubled up in the 100 fly with a 56.55 to 56.61 ahead of Norris.
Erin Dunseith hit the wall in 57.16 to win the 100 back. She returned in the 100 free with a 53.07 to double up individually.
Rachael Dzierzak picked up a win in the 100 breast in 1:05.77, touching out Kenyon’s Katie Kaestner (1:05.84), while Lindsey Clary snatched the 200 fly crown in 2:05.60.
Additionally, Michelle Williams topped the 50 free in 23.58, while Lauren Davis claimed the 200 back title in 2:04.63, with exhibitioning teammate Sarah Cruzan clocking a 2:04.73 for second. Also, Ashley Vance snared the 200 breast win in 2:21.78.
In another close call, Aliena Schmidtke clipped teammate Kristyn Fulcher for the 200 IM win in 2:07.39.
In diving, Taylor Ford tallied 297.53 points for the win in the one-meter. Ford returned in the three-meter for the sweep with 290.05 points.
In relay action, OSU’s A team clocked a 3:31.63 as the top time in the 400 free relay to close the meet, albeit in exhibition fashion. The Buckeye women also opened the dual meet with a 1:44.88 to win the 200 medley relay.
The Buckeye men also had an equally dominant meet with wins coming early and often, but had more swimmers pulling off doubles this evening than the Buckeye women.
Ohio State’s Alex Miller topped the 1000 free in 9:17.39, and swept the distance freestyles with a 4:34.88 in the 500 free later in the night.
Meanwhile, Matt McHugh hit the wall in 49.18 to win the 100 back, then doubled up with a 48.62 in the 100 fly. Additionally, DJ Macdonald raced to a 56.20 to win the 100 breast, then swept the stroke with a 2:04.20 to win the 200 breast.
Josh Fleagle smoked the 50 free in 20.35 for the win, before doubling up after the diving break with a 44.38 in the 100 free.
Steffen Hillmer posted a 1:39.78 to win the 200 free, while Tama Gercsak picked up a 1:51.53 to win the 200 fly.
Steven Zimmerman turned in a 1:49.12 to win the 200 back, while Jovan Mitrovic clinched the 200 IM title in 1:53.35.
Christian Holstein rolled in the one-meter diving event with 356.40 points, while teammate Stephen Ettienne won the three meter with 410.03 points.
In relay action, Ohio State had the top swim in the 400 free relay with a 3:00.92 even though OSU exhibitioned the entire heat. The Buckeyes opened the meet with a 1:31.40 to win the 200 medley relay.