Indiana Bags Four Relay A Cuts, Women’s 200 Free School Record at Ohio State Invitational

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Rafael Miroslaw; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Indiana Bags Four Relay A Cuts, Women’s 200 Free School Record at Ohio State Invitational

The Indiana University relays were on fire on Day 1 of the Ohio State Invitational, going four-for-four in NCAA A cuts and setting a school record in the women’s 200 free relay.

Indiana started the first night session of the three-day week with that big performance. The foursome of Anna Peplowski, Ashley Turak, Elizabeth Broshears and Kristina Paegle went 1:27.75 to get the win by a half-second over Ohio State’s A squad. The time trimmed six-tenths of a second off the old mark, from the 2020 Big Ten Championships. (Turak was also on that squad.) Both Turak (21.85) and Peagle got under 22 seconds, the freshman blazing a 21.28 anchor leg.

Ohio State also picked up an A cut in 1:28.25 with the squad of Katherine Zenick, Teresa Ivan, Tristan Harrison and Amy Fulmer.

Ohio State leads the team standings in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Ohio State Invitational Team Scores

Women’s

  1. Ohio State 711
  2. Indiana 673.5
  3. Kentucky 583
  4. Virginia Tech 439
  5. UCLA 374
  6. Notre Dame 285.50

Men’s

  1. Ohio State 745
  2. Indiana 702.5
  3. Virginia Tech 476
  4. Notre Dame 458
  5. Yale 313
  6. Kentucky 306

Elsewhere at the Ohio State Invitational:

Men’s 200 free relay

Indiana’s men’s team picked up a win and an NCAA A cut by going 1:16.71. The squad of Rafael Miroslaw, Gavin Wright, Finn Brooks and Van Mathias finished eight-tenths up on Ohio State to get the win. Mathias brought it home in 18.61, and Brooks survived a negative reaction time, riding just on the line of legality.

Ohio State turned in a high B cut in 1:17.51. Ruslan Gaziev’s 19.10 second leg was the standout. It rallied past Virginia Tech, which was out front thanks to Youssef Ramadan’s 19.33 leadoff, but landed third in 1:17.59. Notre Dame finished fourth in 1:17.97.

Women’s 500 freestyle

Kentucky’s Kaitlyn Wheeler set a second best time of the day in the evening finals to pull away late to the victory. The senior went 4:40.56, upgrading what had been the fifth-best time in program history in the morning (4:41.49) to the fourth-best.

Ching Gan of Indiana finished second in 4:41.58, .31 up on teammate Mariah Denigan. Kentucky’s Izzy Gati was fourth.

Men’s 500 freestyle

Jack Hoagland delivered an authoritative swim to pick up the victory, the Notre Dame senior picking up where he left off before an injury cost him his junior season. He went 4:14.24 to get the win, holding off a late charge by Yale’s Noah Millard.

Millard finished second in 4:14.65, downing the school record in the event of 4:15.32 set in 2018 by Kei Hyogo. Indiana’s Warren Briggs took home third in 4:17.77.

Women’s 200 individual medley

Lauren Poole set a best time, improving her hold on second place in program history, as the Kentucky senior went 1:55.33 to win the 200 IM.

Ohio State’s Josie Panitz finished second in 1:56.50. She was just .02 up on Indiana’s Mackenzie Looze, who recovered from a seventh-place morning swim to finish third in 1:56.52. Teammate Noelle Peplowski, the top seed from the morning, was fourth in 1:57.49.

Men’s 200 individual medley

Virginia Tech’s Carles Coll Marti dominated the field, swimming away more than two seconds clear to win in 1:42.35. Tomer Frankel was the closest the field came to him, the Indiana junior clocking in at 1:55.47. Alex Quach of Ohio State finished third in 1:44.90, .09 up on Indiana Jassen Yep.

Women’s 50 freestyle

In the rematch of 200 free relay anchor legs, Fulmer got the better of Peagle in the 50. The senior went 21.95, edging the top seed from prelims. Peagle grabbed second in 22.11. Ivan was third in 22.27 for the Buckeyes.

Men’s 50 freestyle

Ramadan made it two wins in two for the Hokies, blitzing the field in 19.19 to get the win. Second was Notre Dame’s Chris Guiliano, who had tied for sixth in a jumbled prelims field, with a time of 19.30. Mathias and Brooks were third and fourth.

Women’s 3-meter diving

Kentucky’s Kyndal Knight grabbed a third win for the Wildcats on the opening day of the Ohio State Invitational, this one in school record fashion. With a tally of 382.30 points, Knight downed a school record that had been held for 18 years by Jessica Thompson, beating it by nearly 20 points.

Indiana’s Anne Fowler gave her a run, scoring 375.55 to finish second. Mia Vallee of Miami was third.

Men’s 1-meter diving

Kentucky picked up another diving win courtesy of Sam Duncan. The junior bested his top score in college by some 25 points, tallying 381.30 to move to fourth in program history. He needed every bit of that to outdistance Miami’s Maxwell Flory, who picked up second in 30.35. Indiana’s Quinn Henninger was part of the leading threesome that separated itself, taking bronze in 378.70.

Women’s 400 medley relay

Like the opening relay, both Ohio State and Indiana pushed each other to NCAA A cuts. This time, it moved the Buckeyes to the top step of the podium.

Nyah Funderburke, Panitz, Zenick and Fulmer went 3:30.05 to get the win, edging Indiana by a half-second. They clocked in at 3:30.05, Fulmer splitting 46.97 to rally from a two-hundredth deficit after 300 yards.

Indiana also guaranteed itself an NCAA swim by going 3:30.60, with Peplowski, Looze, Broshears and Peagle. Peplowski’s 52.11 leadoff leg had put the Hoosiers out front. Kentucky finished third in 3:33.35, Caitlin Brooks having delivered a 52.18 opening leg.

Men’s 400 medley relay

Indiana wrapped up the night with a decisive win in the 400 medley relay, going 3:03.98 to book an NCAA A cut. Brendan Burns, Josh Matheny, Frankel and Miroslaw comprised the formidable foursome. Among the highlights was Burns starting out in 45.36, then Matheny throwing down a 51.11.

Virginia Tech was second in 3:06.12, Ramadan splitting 44.81 on fly, and Ohio State was third in 3:06.25, with a 41.48 anchor leg from Gaziev.

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