Ohio State Swimming Rolls Over Michigan State

COLUMBUS – Ohio State swimming took down both of Michigan State’s men’s and women’s teams in a Big Ten matchup on Friday.

Ohio State Press Release

The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Michigan State by a margin of 148.5-93.5 Friday evening in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes will look to continue the momentum tomorrow, as the squad next travels to Ann Arbor to face-off against rival Michigan.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Ferrara started the Buckeyes off on a winning note, claiming the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:15.15. Sophomore standout Lindsey Clary followed it up with a first-place touch in the 200 freestyle (1:52.17), while her Buckeye teammates Macie McNichols and Paige Kelly earned second and third, respectively.

Ohio State posted the top-2 times in the 50 freestyle, with freshman Cheyenne Meek leading the way in first (24.32). Senior Aliena Schmidtke picked up the runner-up spot with a mark of 24.46. The 200 individual medley also went in favor of the Buckeyes. Touching first was senior Lauren Davis, who earned a time of 2:06.76 in the event.

Rookie Zhesi Li solidified a win in her signature 100 butterfly with a time of 55.50. In the 500 freestyle, Gillig touched first in 5:01.26. Registering Ohio State’s seventh win of the evening was sophomore Taylor Vargo, who recorded a time of 1:04.04 in the 100 breaststroke.

The Buckeyes concluded the meet with a first-place touch in the 200 freestyle relay. The contingent of Katy Luchansky, Annie Jongekrijg, McNichols and Meet recorded the win with a mark of 1:33.36.

Senior diver Taylor Ford placed first in the 1-meter event with a score of 295.94. Buckeye diving was strong in the event, as Brittany Menninger earned second with a 281.47.

The 12th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team dominated Big Ten foe Michigan State Friday evening in East Lansing, Mich. by a score of 168-75. The Buckeyes were solid from the start, earning a McCaffree Pool record in the 400 medley relay and sweeping the diving both diving events.

The Scarlet and Gray kicked off the evening, going one-two in the 400 medley relay. Behind swims from Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Michael DiSalle, Ohio State’s ‘A’ relay placed first in a pool-record time of 3:17.27. They were followed by the crew of Connor McDonald, Keanu Stevenson, Ching Lim and Josh Fleagle, who combined for a mark of 3:19.60.

Ohio State’s diving contingent came out very strong, sweeping the competition in both events. Veterans Stephen Ettienne and Shane Miszkiel finished one-two in the 1-meter event, while rookie Stephen Romanik continued to impress with a third-place showing. Romanik went on to win the 3-meter with a score of 383.02. Miszkiel earned the runner-up spot in the event and Ettienne completed the Buckeye trio in third.

Buckeye distance standout Brayden seal then posted a win in the 1000 freestyle. The rookie touched in a time of 9:25.87. Junior Josh Fleagle continued the momentum with a win of his own, this time in the 200 freestyle. With a time of 1:38.18, Fleagle wasn’t alone at the podium, as teammates Steffen Hillmer and Lim also made the top-3.

DiSalle earned his first individual win, and second overall, in the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.15. In the 100 butterfly, it was DiSalle’s relay counterpart McHugh who claimed victory, finishing in a time of 49.02.

Rookie Jack DiSalle brought home a win in the 100 freestyle (46.80), while Zimmerman, a senior this season, claimed the 100 backstroke in 49.42. MacDonald placed first in his trademark 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 55.63.

The Buckeyes closed the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay. Kevin Musterait, Thomas Trace, Nick Brodie and Vladislav Komarov represented the Scarlet and Gray for the runner-up spot, earning a mark of 1:23.96.

Tomorrow, Ohio State will head to Ann Arbor for a showdown with rival Michigan. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon.

Michigan State Press Release

The MSU swimming and diving teams fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday afternoon. Michigan State tallied seven victories against Ohio State. The men’s team was defeated by the No. 12 Buckeyes, 168-75, and the women were defeated, 148.5-93.5. The men fall to 4-4, and 0-3 in the Big Ten. The women now have a record of 4-7, and 0-3 in the Big Ten.

“I feel good about how we did tonight,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We jumbled up our lineup tonight. It was nice to see some kids compete in some events they don’t normally do. Tomorrow we will go back to our regular lineup and see how we do.”

The Spartan women started off strong on Friday, MSU finished in first in the first event of the night in the 400 medley relay. The team of freshman Madison Nowak, senior Shelby Lacy, sophomore Sarah Love, and junior Emily Parsons finished with a time of 3:50.50.

In the men’s 200 IM, Michigan State finished with the top two times. Junior Ian Rodriguez finished in first at 1:53.03. Freshman Tal Hanani followed behind, finishing second, clocking in at 1:53.95.

MSU found success in women’s diving against the Buckeyes. Senior Cristee Cordes earned a victory in the 3-meter diving event for the second time in eight days. Cordes tallied a score of 320.10. Sophomore Madeline Sewell finished in second with a score of 314.03.

Sophomore Kennedy Cutler notched a victory for Michigan State in the 100 freestyle. Cutler finished with a career best time of 53.34.

Senior Kyle Workman recorded a second-place finish in the men’s 100 free. Workman hit the pad at 46.83.

The Spartans found themselves two second place finishes in the 100 fly. Junior Elizabeth Brown finished in second on the women’s side at 55.93. Jacob Moore finished second on the men’s side at 50.58.

In the women’s 100 backstroke, Maddie Nowak took first place points, after she clocked in at 57.65. Freshman Connor Lamb continued his hot streak in 2015, by winning the men’s 500 free. Lamb recorded a time of 4:38.00.

Senior Hannah Pugh came in second in the women’s 500 free. Pugh recorded a time of 5:05.32. She also finished second in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:08.94.

The Spartans finished the night winning the men’s 200 free relay. The team of sophomore Adam Marsh, junior Jacob Moore, freshman Nick Leshok, and freshman Lachie McLeish finished with a time of 1:23.56.

Michigan State returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. to face the Golden Grizzles of Oakland at the OU Aquatic Center.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State Dual Meet – Results

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    At one time a few moons ago Zhesi Le was China’s next big sprint hope. She won the National Games 50 in 2K9 w/a pr 24.56 and led off their 400 free relay @ Shanghai Worlds two years later in a pr 54.56.

    I don’t think Simone Manuel’s gonna sit up nights worrying about her but come the Big Tens Le could do some big-time damage to the conference record-book and by Greensboro…who knows?

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