No. 10/15 Ohio State Swimming Sweeps Princeton, Denison

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

COLUMBUS – Ohio State swimming picked up a clean sweep of a two-day dual meet against Denison and Princeton.

Ohio State Press Release

The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team finished out its two-day, double dual showdown Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion by downing Denison, 249-96, and Princeton, 209-136.

Competition opened with the 200 yard medley relay, where the quartet of Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle claimed victory in a time of 1:29.48.

Fleagle added to his impressive start on day one by notching a victory in the 100 freestyle (44.21). McHugh and Ching Lim took the top-two spots in the 100 butterfly with times of 49.20 and 49.38, respectively. Zimmerman also claimed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:46.33.

In diving, Stephen Romanik continued an impressive start to the season with first-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition. He posted a score of 357.80 for the win.

Ohio State competed in a non-scoring format for the remainder of the meet. However, the Buckeyes still recorded top times in the 500 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay. Freshman Brayden Seal touched in a time of 4:29.32 in the 500 freestyle, while MacDonald earned a mark of 2:00.67 in the 200 breaststroke.

The Buckeyes will have a short, well-deserved break from competition before hosting the always competitive Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 21-23.

The 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at its two-day, double dual meet against Princeton and Denison Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes defeated the Princeton Tigers, 226-121, and Denison Big Red, 251-93.

“I am really pleased with how we came out firing,” Ohio State head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said Friday evening. “The girls came to race tonight and it’s showing. We’re going to have a great week of training ahead of us going into the invite.”

In the first event of the day, Ohio State claimed first and second. The contingent of Camey Rabold, Ashley Vance, Annelise Sprau and Zhesi Li earned first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.13, while the unit of Erin Dunseith, Maren Reeder, Annie Jongekrijg and Cheyenne Meek took second (1:46.37).

The Buckeyes swept the 400 individual medley with strong performances from Lindsey Clary (4:17.92), Annie Gillig (4:20.89), Amy Bopp (4:24.31) and Lauren Davis (4:28.70).

Li took the 100 freestyle with a 50.31 finish amid tight competition. Gillig then posted a first-place finish in 200 breaststroke in a time of 1:59.30.

Sprau competed in the highly competitive 100 butterfly, touching in third place with a time of 56.20. She trailed two Princeton swimmers, who recorded times of 55.77 and 55.82 for first and second, respectively.

Clary out-touched her opponents to claim first in 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:52.83. Vance, a senior this season, then led the 200 breaststroke with a first-place time of 2:19.35.

The Buckeyes will have a short, well-deserved break from competition before hosting the always competitive Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 21-23.

Princeton Press Release

Both the Princeton men’s and women’s swimming and diving team had strong individual showings this weekend during the season-opening Ohio State Open. Both teams fell to nationally ranked Ohio State teams, but both earned wins over Denison University.

The Princeton men fell 209-136 to 10th-ranked Ohio State, but defeated Denison 262-91. The Tiger women fell 226-121 to 16th-ranked Ohio State, but defeated Denison 284-69.

Juniors Teo D’Alessandro and Byron Sanborn both got their seasons off to a particularly strong start. D’Alessandro won the 500 free in 4:35.99, and he added a 200 IM victory in 1:48.85. He also added a third-place finish in the 200 free in 1:38.81. Sanborn, a former NCAA Championships qualifer, had Princeton’s other win, a 200 breast victory in 2:01.65. He also finished second in the 100 breast in 55.92.

Freshman Corey Okubo earned his first collegiate victory, claiming the 400 IM in 3:56.30. He also took second in the 200 fly (1:47.98) and third in the 200 IM (1:51.27).

Reigning Ivy League champion Michael Strand finished third in the 100 back in 49.65. Harrison Wagner (20.64) and Julian Mackrel (20.91) went 2-3 in the 50 free, while Wagner added a second-place finish in the 100 free in 45.46.

Another former Ivy League champion, Connor Maher, took second in the 200 back in 1:48.09.

On the women’s side, junior tri-captain Nikki Larson showed she was ready to build on last year’s trip to the NCAA Championships. Larson won the 100 fly in 55.77, and she took second in the 50 free (23.41), the 100 free (50.64) and the 200 fly (2:01.59).

Princeton also got two wins on the diving board, as sophomore Caitlin Chambers won the 1-meter (283.15) and the 3-meter competitions (317.10). Chambers was Princeton’s top finisher last year in her Ivy League Championships debut.

Freshman Alisabeth Marsteller had a pair of Top-3 finishes. She took second in the 500 free in 5:02.40, and she finished third in the 200 IM in 2:05.54.

The Tigers also got second-place finishes from both Beverly Nguyen (200 back, 2:06.76) and Olivia Chan (200 breast, 2:25.90).

Princeton will open its Ivy League schedules in two weeks when it hosts both Penn and Cornell Nov. 21 at DeNunzio Pool. Men’s head coach Rob Orr will look for his 300th win that day; the victory over Denison did not count because the program is a Division III school.

Denison Press Release


Results: Ohio State vs. Princeton vs. Denison