Ohio State Bypasses Miami (Ohio) University For Win in Friday Night Dual Meet

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The men and women of Ohio State University took on the men and women of Miami (Ohio) University at home Friday night. The Buckeyes brought home wins on both sides with the women posting a winning score of 175-116, and the men finishing with a score of 176-101.

Ohio State University Women Press Release:

The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams won their second dual meet in as many nights on Friday, besting the Miami RedHawks 175-116. The Buckeyes improve to 6-1 in dual meets this season.

In the meet-opening 200 medley relay, Camey Rabold, Amy Bopp, Ariana Bullard, and Liz Li (1:44.43) edged out another Buckeye relay team comprised of Elizabeth Auckley, Rachael Dzierzak, Meg Bailey, and Cheyenne Meek (1:44.71) to claim that event’s top spot. Alex Wittman then took the 1000 freestyle with her time of 10:12.44 to extend Ohio State’s early lead. In the 200 freestyle, Lindsey Clary (1:51.47) won by a slim margin over teammate Katy Luchansky (1:51.67), and in the 100 backstroke the close finishes continued with Rabold (56.15) squeaking by Li (56.17) for the top spot in that event.

Bopp’s 1:03.29 in the 100 breaststroke was faster than the next finisher by almost three seconds break the run of close finishes, and it also gave her a second top finish for the meet. Amanda McNulty (2:02.30) and Clary (2:02.37) picked up that trend again, though, in the 200 butterfly before Annie Jongekrijg won the 50 freestyle (23.74) to lead Ohio State into the first break with a 106-25 advantage.

Coming back from the break, Luchansky bested Meek (52.37) and Miami’s Sara Krueger (52.61) in the 100 freestyle with her time of 52.03. Zulal Zeren then won the 200 backstroke for the Scarlet and Gray, and in commanding fashion, beating everyone behind her by nearly four seconds (2:00.52). Bopp’s strong meet continued with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.79), topping RedHawk Holly Schuster by a comfortable margin (2:22.54). Kathleen Cook joined the fun with a top finish of her own, this one coming in the 500 freestyle; she was the only swimmer to break the five-minute mark (4:58.20). In the last event heading into the final break, the 100 butterfly, Miami’s Peyton Mosbaugh took first with her time of 57.12.

In the final two events of the evening, Taylor Vargo’s time of 2:06.46 in the 200 IM reigned supreme and the foursome of Cook, Jongekrijg, Meek, and Li (3:28.05) owned the fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay.  Diving-wise, Ohio State split with Miami, with the Buckeyes taking the three-meter dive thanks to Hannah Thek’s score of 358.95. Pei Lin of Miami won the one-meter dive (333.53), topping Thek (314.18).

The Buckeyes ended up coming away with a 175-116 win over the RedHawks, giving the Scarlet and Gray two dual meet wins in as many days. They’ll look to go a perfect three-for-three tomorrow afternoon when they face Eastern Michigan. Competition is slated to start at 1:00.

Ohio State University Men Press Release:

Two dual meets, two wins for the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving teams this week. One night after beating one Ohio school, the Buckeyes took down another with their 176-101  win over the Miami RedHawks.

Matt McHugh, Jack Barone, Ching Lim, and Mossimo Chavez (1:30.45) kicked off the evening’s events with a win in the 200 medley relay and Brayden Seal followed that up with the fastest time in the 1000 freestyle (9:18.56). Joey Long’s time of 1:40.50 narrowly edged out teammate Jovan Mitrovic (1:40.54) in the 200 freestyle, giving Long his first top finish of the season so far.

Thomas Trace won the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.20 and Jack Barone finished first in the 100 breaststroke (57.71) to continue Ohio State’s winning ways. Lim’s time of 1:49.17 in the 200 butterfly bested everyone else by almost seven seconds for his second first place finish of the meet, and McHugh’s time in the 50 freestyle (20.44) was the fastest by a Buckeye swimmer this season. That performance led Ohio State into the first break with a commanding 106-24 lead over the RedHawks.

Andrew Appleby brought the Buckeyes back from the break with yet another event win; his time of 45.35 in the 100 freestyle was not just the fastest of the meet, but it also was the fastest of the season for Ohio State. That was then followed by the 200 backstroke, where Gus Whiteman’s time of 1:48.99 gave his team yet another first place finish. MacDonald (2:06.74) and Andrew Lindstrom (2:08.27) finished one and two in the 200 breaststroke in what would be the last event of the night for which Ohio State would score any swimmers.

Top times in the two events heading into the second break went to Steffen Hillmer (4:30.52) in the 500 freestyle and Peter Lyon (50.64) in the 100 butterfly. Dimitry Dolgov’s time of 1:54.61 was the fastest among the crop of 200 IM swimmers, and to close out the meet Nathan Christian, Trace, Justin Dunn, and Charlie Fry swam a 3:05.00 in the 400 freestyle relay, a time that outpaced the two Miami relay teams.

On the diving boards it was yet another great performance by Buckeye divers. Colin Zeng’s score of 430.50 in the three-meter dive was the best of the bunch and Stephen Romanik’s 391.35 mark in the one-meter dive gave his team first place points. The top-five of the one-meter was entirely comprised of Buckeyes, compared to four of the top five in the three-meter.

In the end, Ohio State came away with a 176-101 victory, improving to a perfect 4-0 in dual meets on the year. It will take that perfect mark to Ypsilanti, Michigan tomorrow afternoon for a competition against Eastern Michigan.

Miami (Ohio) University Men’s Press Release:

 In their second road meet of the season, the Miami University men’s swimming and diving team dropped a meet, 175-101, against Ohio State Friday evening in the McCorkle Natatorium. Miami currently stands at 1-2 in dual-meet competition for the season.

Sophomore Ross Westrick claimed second in the 50-yard freestyle with his final time of 21.52. Westrick swam to a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 46.98, almost two seconds faster than his time against Purdue in the same event.

Other top finishers included freshman Nick Potter who represented Miami in the 1000-yard freestyle. Potter claimed third with his final time of 9:43.95. Senior Chris Dieter turned in a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:43.27. In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Ross Rybakowicz garnered third for Miami with his time of 1:56.28.

Meanwhile, day two of the Arena Pro Series continued in Minneapolis, Minn. where Miami continued solid performances from the RedHawk men.

Senior Evan Bader qualified for the finals in the 200-yard breaststroke with his final time of 2:23.93. Yesterday, Bader made the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.67).

Day two of the competition saw new personal records for senior Jacob Prodoehl in the 100-yard backstroke (59.76) and junior Jack Strauss in the 50-yard freestyle (24.16).

The third and final day of the Arena Pro series opens tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 9 a.m. with finals to follow at 6 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) University Women’s Press Release:

Miami University’s women’s swimming and diving team fell to Ohio State on Friday night, 173-116. The loss puts the RedHawk’s dual meet record at 3-3.

Junior Pei Lin was the sole first-place finisher on the night, winning the one-meter dive with a score of 333.53.

Senior Michele Rielly took home the only second-place finish for the RedHawks, touching the wall in 2:04.13 in the 200-yard backstroke.

Fellow senior Sara Krueger racked up two third-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (24.29) and 100-yard freestyle (52.61).

Three other Miami women placed third in an event. Junior Julia Campbell did so in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:25.06. Junior Logan Klinsky found success in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall third in 1:53.05. Sophomore Holly Schuster got her third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, reaching in 1:06.40.

Meanwhile, junior Stephanie LeMire has been competing in the Arena Pro Series in Minneapolis, Minn. On Thursday she finished 34th in preliminaries in the 100-yard long-course breaststroke (1:13.46), two spots away from being able to compete in finals. On Friday LeMire placed 38th in preliminaries in the 200-yard long-course breaststroke (2:42.88). On Saturday she will compete in the 200-yard long-course IM.

The RedHawks will all be back together after this weekend, but they will not compete until the Miami Invitational, which runs from Thursday, Dec. 3rd to Saturday, Dec. 5th in the Nixon Aquatic Center.

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