Ohio State Sets 18 Pool Records in Sweeping Tim Welsh Classic

Ohio State's Amy Fulmer and Katherine Zenick; Photo Courtesy: NCAA Media

Ohio State Sets 18 Pool Records in Sweeping Tim Welsh Classic

Ohio State swimmers set 18 pool records at Notre Dame’s Rolf Aquatic Center, winning the men’s and women’s competitions at the Tim Welsh Classic hosted by Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday.

The Ohio State men bested the hosts, the only other participant. On the women’s side, the Buckeyes more than double the point total of the host Fightin’ Irish, as well as Akron and Indiana State.

Men’s Team Scores

  1. Ohio State 1955.5
  2. Notre Dame 1095.5

Women’s Team Scores

  1. Ohio State 1803
  2. Notre Dame 884
  3. Akron 749
  4. Indiana State 372

Of the myriad records set, the most impressive might have been by Maya Geringer. She went 9:38.23 in the 1,000 freestyle, downing a Rolfs record set all the way back in 1990 by one Janet Evans. She bested Evans’ record of 9:41.74 by more than three seconds.

Geringer supplied one of 11 records from the women’s side. The sprint contingent did most of the heavy lifting in that department. The Buckeyes started with a win in the 200 free relay, their NCAA A cut time of 1:26.84 a pool mark. Katherine Zenick, Nyah Funderburke, Teresa Ivan and Amy Fulmer comprised the foursome.

They then captured the top seven spots in the 50 free, the four relay participants leading the way behind Zenick’s time of 21.96, a pool record. Ivan, Fulmer and Funderburke followed. The Buckeyes took home the top four spots in the 100 free on Saturday, Zenick again leading in pool-record 47.62. Ivan was second, Tristan Harrison third and Funderburke fourth.

Funderburke, Zenick and Fulmer joined Hannah Bach to set the pool record in the 400 medley relay, an NCAA A cut of 3:30.77. With Ivan instead of Fulmer on the anchor Friday evening, the 200 medley went 1:34.80, again an NCAA A cut and pool record. And the Buckeyes, which won all five relays, finished the Tim Welsh Classic by routing the field in the 400 free by nearly seven seconds, a pool-record and A-cut time of 3:10.91 from Fulmer, Harrison, Ivan and Zenick.

Zenick set the pool record in the 100 butterfly in 51.03. Fulmer added pool mark in the 100 backstroke (51.89) and 200 back (1:53.39). Bach went 59.73 to tie the pool mark in the 100 breaststroke. Felicia Passadyn won the 500 free in a pool record of 4:40.98.

Ohio State won both individual medleys, Josie Panitz in the 200 and Kyra Sommerstad in the 400. Pasadyn was second in the longer IM and in the 200 back. Bach finished third in the 200 breast.

The other women’s pool record came in the 200 free, courtesy of Akron’s Weronika Gorecka, who went 1:48.11. (Ohio State’s Paige Hall was also under the pool record in second place, though a second behind Gorecka.) The Zips’ Abby Daniel finished second in the 200 IM. Gorecka was also fourth in the 200 back.

Notre Dame’s high-water mark on the women’s side came in the 200 fly, the Irish sweeping the top three spots. Coleen Gillilan led the way in 1:56.62, followed by Megan Deuel and Renee Gillilan. Coleen Gillilan finished second in the 100 fly. Ellie Jew won the 200 breast after finishing third in the 100.

Lana Hentschel won 3-meter diving for Ohio State, scoring 370.40 points to pull away from the field by more than 20 points. Second was Notre Dame’s Calie Brady, who won 1-meter at 314.55.

Alex Quach led the record-setting parade for the Ohio State men at the Tim Welsh Classic. He won the 200 IM in 1:44.82, downing a pool record held by Matt Grevers. His time of 45.82 in the 100 fly likewise downed a meet mark.

Quach was also part of a pair of record-setting medley relays. The 400 medley relay was the race of the meet, with both A squads and the Ohio State B team clustered within a quarter second. Ruslan Gaziev’s 41.84 anchor leg led the Buckeyes to the win by .02 seconds over Notre Dame, in 3:09.72. (Indicative of Quach’s immense versatility, he swam backstroke on the 400 medley relay and fly on the 200. He won the 200 fly and tied for third in the 200 back.)

Gaziev also anchored the 400 free relay that went 2:52.92 to take down the pool mark. He won the 50 free in 20.00 and downed the 100 free record by winning in 42.58, only to see Notre Dame’s Chris Guiliano take it down off the front of the 400 free relay. (Guiliano didn’t swim an individual event at the meet.)

The Buckeyes’ other pool mark came via Charlie Clark, who blew away the 1,000 free field in 8:48.61, his winning margin nearly 15 seconds.

James Ward was second to Gaziev in both sprint events, third in the 100 fly and swam on the pool-record 400 free relay. Tomas Navikonas (200 free) and Ian Mikesell (100 breast) each augmented an individual win with a relay triumph, and Billy Regan claimed the 200 breast.

Ohio State won both diving events, Lyle Yost capturing 1-meter with 388.45 points and Clay Chaplin scoring 426.75 to secure 3-meter. Notre Dame’s Daniel Knapp was second in both.

Guiliano’s relay swim not only set a pool record by knocked .02 off his school record in the 100 free at 42.32. He teamed with Tommy Janton, Cason Wilburn and Stephan Lukashev to win the 200 free relay and was part of the winning 800 free relay.

Leading off that latter foursome was the Irish’s standout on the day, Jack Hoagland. The senior won the 500 free in 4:16.48 to top Clark by 2.5 seconds and claimed the 400 IM in 3:46.51. He led off the Irish’s winning 800 free relay with a 200 free split of 1:36.06 that was quicker than what Navikonis used to win the event.

Notre Dame’s other wins came in backstroke. Jack Fitzpatrick won the 100. Janton set a pool record of 1:41.08 in the 200. Wilburn was second in the 100 fly.