Feb. 21, 2018
Minneapolis, Minn. – The Ohio State men’s swimmers kicked off the 2018 Men’s Big Ten Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Pavilion with a bang on Wednesday night. The foursome of Andrew Loy, Paul DeLakis, Nick Hogsed and Matt Abeysinghe combined to set a school record in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:16.92 for a third-place finish.
The Buckeyes took 1.26 seconds off the previous school record (6:18.18) that was set in 2017. Loy got the relay started with a first leg time of 1:33.42, and Paul DeLakis followed that up with a 1:32.93 to position the Buckeyes in third place after 400 yards. Nick Hogsed clocked a 200-yard split of 1:34.69 and Matt Abeysinghe closed it out with an anchor leg of 1:35.88 for the bronze finish.
The 200 medley relay also registered a third-place showing in the first race of the B1G meet. Mark Belanger (21.68/backstroke), Jack Barone (23.66/breaststroke), Michael Salazar (20.16/butterfly) and Mossimo Chavez (19.02/freestyle) put together a solid race clocking a time of 1:24.52 for bronze.
After the first two events of the meet, Indiana sits in first place with 128 points. Ohio State is currently in second place with 108 points.
Day two begins with preliminary action in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Diving will begin at 2 p.m. ET.