Feb. 14, 2016
Columbus, Ohio—Day two of the Winter Invitational is completed and, with it, Ohio State’s regular season slate. Like day one, day two featured several Buckeyes posting career best times by significant margins with a few NCAA B times thrown in as well.
The 1650 finals kicked off the afternoon session and Austin Mortimer posted a time of 15:26.15, an NCAA provisional time that is also the 12th-fastest time in the Big Ten this season. That was followed by Jack Hendricks posting a time of 1:37.74 in the 200 freestyle, also a “B” time and a top-20 time in the Big Ten. The 200 backstroke was the next event and freshman Brad Shannon dropped over two seconds off his personal best time with a mark of 1:46.50.
Another freshman took the top finish in the next event; Oliver Knabb won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:00.83, and earlier in the day at prelims he set a new personal best at 2:00.74 in that same event. A couple Buckeyes duked it out for the top spot in the 50 freestyle, a battle that was won by Jack DiSalle (20.86), though Wyatt Jager was in hot pursuit at 20.87.
More personal bests were had in the 200 butterfly; freshman George Pappas set a new mark in the morning session with his time of 1:52.71, and beat that by nearly two seconds in the afternoon session (1:50.93). J. Reed McGraw was another swimmer who set a new PR during prelims; his time of 1:50.30 in the 200 IM shaved off nearly about two seconds from his previous best time. He came close to matching that in the finals (1:50.80).
The 400 freestyle relay concluded the weekend’s events, with the foursome of Charlie Fry, Disalle, Noah Worobetz, and senior Keeler Callahan. Callahan drew big cheers from his teammates during his last event at McCorkle and he made it count, swimming his 100 freestyle portion in 45.15, over a second faster than his previous 100 free career high.
This concludes the Buckeyes’ regular season schedule and the Big Ten Championships begin in 10 days’ time. More information on that will follow.