Jan. 27, 2017
Ann Arbor, Mich.— Ohio State and Michigan met in a battle of Top 20 teams on Friday night at Canham Natatorium, with the Wolverines coming away with the victory while handing the Buckeyes their first dual meet loss of the season.
OSU swimmers and divers claimed five events at the meet: three in the pool and two on the diving boards. Colin Zeng and Christo Law had great performances, going 1-2 in both diving events. Zeng’s score on one-meter was 431.70, the best of the bunch, and he won on three-meter with a mark of 432.75. Law placed second behind his teammate with scores of 389.65 on one-meter and 408.75 on three-meter.
Both Josh Fleagle and Matt McHugh won once apiece as individuals and once as part of a relay. Fleagle won the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 44.15 to outpace the field. McHugh won the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.64. Those two, as well as Andrew Appleby and Mark Belanger, all combined for a time of 2:56.65 in the 400 freestyle relay, the last event of the meet.
Fleagle and McHugh also swam together in the first race of the meet: the 200 medley relay. Michael Salazar and Jack Barone joined them to record a time of 1:28.26. Fleagle appeared in one other event today, the 200 freestyle; the senior missed out on first place by just .01 seconds. Andrew Loy finished right behind his teammate in that race.
Both Salazar and Brayden Seal posted team-best times in a pair of individual races against the Wolverines. Salazar did so in both butterfly events; in the 100 yard race he posted a time of 47.54 and in the 200 yard race he touched the wall at 1:47.58. Seal, Ohio State’s distance freestyle stalwart, posted a mark of 9:09.04 in the 1000 freestyle before earning a time of 4:30.64 in the 500 free.
In the remaining five events, five different Buckeyes led the team. Barone did so in the 100 breaststroke with his time of 55.53, while Andrew Lindstrom did the same in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.64). Mossimo Chavez, who has the fastest 50 freestyle time for Ohio State this season, was the top finisher on the team today as well, clocking in at 20.74. Thomas Trace was the fastest Buckeye in the 200 backstroke (1:48.73) and Ching Lim earned that title as well in the 200 IM (1:50.35).
Ohio State has one final dual meet on its schedule: a home matchup against Wright State on Friday, Feb. 3 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.