Nov. 20, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— The 2016 edition of the Ohio State fall invitational is complete and the hosts ended their weekend in first place out of the seven teams that competed. This marks the seventh time OSU has won its annual invitational.
The Buckeye divers continued their strong weekend all the way to the end, putting four finishers in the top seven on platform. Colin Zeng was as impressive as ever, putting up a score of 472.55 to lead all comers. Stephen Romanik (353.50) and Clay White (346.45) were fourth and fifth, respectively, and Aaron Daniels-Freeman finished seventh with a score of 294.20.
Sunday’s finals session started with the top heat in the 1650 freestyle, an event in which Brayden Seal finished second with a time of 15:00.32, 16 seconds faster than the man behind him. Austin Mortimer (15:44.54) also had a Top 15 time in the race.
The four individual events that were completed today- 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly- all had at least two Buckeyes finish in the Top 5, a good way to cap off a weekend of great performances from OSU.
The 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke had a similar ending: Ohio State swimmers took spots two through four. In the 100 free Josh Fleagle (43.02), Matt McHugh (43.97), and Mark Belanger (44.21) helped make the finish Scarlet and Gray, and their teammates Brandon Fronczak (1:59.34), Michael Eaton (1:59.94), and Andrew Lindstrom (2:00.79) did the same in the 200 breast.
The last individual race of the invitational was the 200 butterfly. Henrique Painhas and Ching Lim finished one after the other; Painhas placed third with a time of 1:46.11 and Lim came in right afterwards with a mark of 1:47.21. Noah Lense (1:46.56) and Michael Salazar (1:47.20) joined their teammates in posting NCAA provisional times.
Having dominated relays all weekend, it was fitting that Fleagle, Mark Belanger, Appleby, and McHugh won the final event- 400 freestyle relay- at 2:54.39, over two seconds faster than the next best team.
Next up for Ohio State: a quad meet with Cincinnati, Kenyon, and Oakland that is being hosted by the Bearcats. The four teams will meet on Jan. 13-14.
1. Ohio State 1233
2. Utah 746.5
3. Kentucky 629.5
4. Penn State 488.5
5. Iowa 375.5
6. Pittsburgh 317
7. Stanford 108
8. Kenyon 92