Feb. 22, 2018
Minneapolis, Minn. – Paul DeLakis had the two best swims of his young and brilliant career as a Buckeye on Thursday in the 200 individual medley. DeLakis broke the school record twice on his way to a bronze finish in the event. Ohio State is in third place with 407 points at the end of day two.
The freshman from Eau Claire, Wis., got the day started off by breaking the school record that teammate Andrew Loy (1:44.24) set one heat before DeLakis took to the water. The freshman registered his first school record of the day in the 200 individual medley with a personal-best readout of 1:43.39 during prelims. He then returned to the pool for the A final of the event and threw down a 1:42.83 to drop his school record by .56 seconds for his first career individual B1G bronze medal. Loy clocked the same exact time of 1:44.24 in the A final as he did in prelims to place seventh; his time is the second fastest in program history.
Brayden Seal, Nick Hogsed and Ryan Vandermeulen all scored points for the Buckeyes in the 500 freestyle finals. Seal paced the way in the A final with a third-place finish, clocking a time of 4:16.52. Hogsed was less than half a second off of Seal’s pace registering a personal best of 4:16.89 to swim the fourth-fastest time in program history. Vandermeulen took 14th place in the event with a time of 4:21.93.
Four speedsters advanced to the finals of the 50 freestyle for Ohio State. Kalvin Koethke was the lone A finalist and he placed seventh in the event with a readout of 19.69. Kevin Musterait (19.62/PR/10th place), Matt Abeysinghe (19.88/13th place) and Mossimo Chavez (20.07/16th place) all swam in the B final.
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The men’s 400 medley relay of Mark Belanger, Jack Barone, Noah Lense and Andrew Loy closed out the second day of competition with the fifth-fastest time in program history, a 3:07.44, to place fourth. The time was an NCAA A cut, and Lense’s butterfly leg split of 44.95 was the second fastest of the relay.
On the one-meter diving board, Aaron Daniels-Freeman was the top Scarlet and Gray diver with a score of 337.30 to earn an eighth-place finish. Stephen Romanik (363.65) and Jacob Siler (343.85) earned finished 14th and 15th, respectively.
Michigan owns the team lead with 538.5 points.
Day three begins with preliminary action in the 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke at 12 p.m. ET on Friday. Diving on the three-meter will begin at 2 p.m.