No. 16 Ohio State Tops No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 11 Louisville

Photo Courtesy: David Wegiel

The Ohio State swimming & diving team continued an impressive showing against two of the nation’s top-ranked teams at a tri-meet with Texas A&M and Louisville at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Saturday. The two-day meet ended with a win for the No. 16 men against both No. 10 Texas A&M, 199-153 and No. 11 Louisville, 192-161.

The No. 17 Ohio State women’s team fell to the No. 5 Texas A&M women, 209-142. Louisville did not send a complete women’s team and was not included in the scoring on the women’s side.

 

QUOTING HEAD COACH BILL DORENKOTT

“I’m proud of the team – swimming, diving, men and women competed tough all weekend. We had some great leadership from within the team. Outstanding effort.”

On the success from the relays

“It’s so important when you get to the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. It’s a focal point for us. We’ve had some real breakthroughs on the women’s side the past few years, relay-wise, at the NCAAs, and our men’s team has the potential to be special this year.”

On what stood out to him over the two-day meet

“On the women’s side, I was very pleased because we had a lot of tough doubles over the course of the week. The way the ladies approached those doubles just speaks to a level of toughness that we haven’t had in the past, so that’s greatly appreciated. On the men’s side, we have a young team. It’s just a question of figuring out who we can be and taking the steps necessary to get there.”

On the team moving forward

“I’m really excited. It’s a great group of kids and they’re fun to coach. I think there’s a buzz going on in McCorkle. We’ve got a special thing going.”

 

HOW IT HAPPENED – WOMEN’S TEAM

  • The women began the day trailing No. 5 Texas A&M, 104-63.
  • Marianne Kahmann, Hanna Gresser, Rebekah Bradley and Freya Rayner took second in the 200 Medley Relay to start the second day, clocking in at 1:41.77.
  • Kathrin Demler claimed second in the 400 IM, posting an NCAA B Cut time of 4:16.43. Demler continued a successful meet after placing second in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. Demler is the first on the women’s team to post an NCAA qualifying time.
  • Maria Coy (1:51.67) and Kristen Romano (1:52.05) finished together in the 200 Free, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
  • Katie Trace was the top finisher for OSU in the 100 Fly, clocking in at 55.94 at placing fifth.
  • Gresser picked up a fourth-place finish in the 200 Breast, posting a time of 2:19.10.
  • Rayner won the first race of the day for the women in the 50 Free, touching the wall at 23.16.  Coy followed in third with a time of 23.39.
  • Molly Kowal continued to dominate the distance races, winning the 1000 Free with a time of 10:08.34. Grace Kowal followed in second at 10:11.86 and Nicole Fye picked up fourth with a readout of 10:13.23.
  • Lara Tarvit claimed second on the 1 meter, posting a score of 280.90. Genevieve Angerame took third with a score of 272.10, and Ali House rounded out the scoring efforst for the Buckeyes with a sixth-place finish and a tally of 253.00.
  • The women’s 400 Free Relay team of Taylor Petrak, Coy, Trace and Rayner clocked in at 3:23.08.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED – MEN’S TEAM

  • Ben Sugar, Jason Mathews, Michael Salazar and Ruslan Gaziev claimed second in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:29.10.
  • Daniel Gloude pulled ahead of Louisville in the 400 IM, grabbing third place with a time of 4:00.36.
  • Andrew Loy (1:38.94) and Matt Abeysinghe (1:38.99) finished two-three in the 200 Free.
  • Salazar took second in the 100 Fly with a time of 48.42, followed by Henrique Painhas in third with a time of 48.70.
  • Mathews narrowly missed first in the 200 Breast, clocking in at 1:59.15 to place second. Paul DeLakis took fourth with a time of 2:03.51 and Stefano Batista placed sixth with a time of 2:04.30.
  • Teo Chavez was the top finisher for the Buckeyes in the 50 Free, posting a time of 20.22 for second place. Andrew Loy finished fourth with a readout of 20.32, and Sem Andreis followed closely behind in fifth with a time of 20.41.
  • Nick Hogsed placed fourth in the 1000 Free, posting a time of 9:28.06. Carson Burt followed in sixth with a time of 9:30.81.
  • Jacob Fielding finished second on the 1 meter board, registering a score of 385.95, followed by Aaron Daniels-Freeman in third with a score of 334.80 and Quinlan DeVal in fourth with a mark of 331.80.
  • The men’s 400 Free Relay team garnered a big finish with a win at 2:56.68.

OVERALL EVENT WINS

  • 200 Free Relay – Rayner, Coy, Petrak, Bradley – 1:32.42
  • 200 Free Relay – T. Chavez, Andreis, M. Chavez, Abeysinghe – 1:19.83
  • 500 Free – Molly Kowal, 4:52.25
  • 100 Breast – Jason Mathews, 54.64
  • 400 Medley Relay – Painhas, Mathews, Lense, Loy
  • 3 Meter – Genevieve Angerame, 315.40
  • 50 Free – Freya Rayner, 23.16
  • 1000 Free – Molly Kowal, 10:08.34
  • 400 Free Relay – Petrak, Coy, Trace, Rayner – 3:23.08
  • 400 Free Relay – Loy, DeLakis, Andreis, Abeysinghe – 2:56.68

In diving, A&M’s captain Sam Thornton won the 3-meter dive with a score a 406.15.

Adam Koster (44.02) and Mike Thibert (44.21) finished 1-2 for the Aggies in the 100 yard freestyle.

Texas A&M captain Sydney Pickrem had her first individual wins of the year in the 200 yard IM (1:58.64) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:57.95).

In the 100 yard freestyle, Claire Rasmus and Katie Portz tied for the individual victory, swimming a 50.76. Taylor Pike won the 200 yard butterfly (1:57.99).

Anna Belousova came out on top with a gutsy individual performance in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:01.89).

 

— The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Ohio State and Texas A&M. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

 

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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