Nov. 19, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Day two of the OSU Invite is now in the books and Ohio State still holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field thanks to a big day of swimming and diving.
The Buckeyes saved their most exciting performance for last. The 800 freestyle relay closed out the competition today and Ohio State’s foursome of Ching Lim, Brayden Seal, Andrew Appleby, and Josh Fleagle won with a time of 6:28.01, just narrowly edging out Penn State by a tenth of a second. Heading into the final swimmer, OSU actually trailed by almost two seconds. Fleagle’s 200 freestyle split time of 1:35.00 was the fastest in the event and helped him overtake Penn State’s JP Freitas down the stretch and whipping the McCorkle crowd into a frenzy.
Ohio State won three of the five individual events during the evening session: 400 IM, 100 butterfly, and 200 freestyle. As a matter of fact, OSU went 1-2 in all of those events as well.
Ching Lim, who won the 200 IM yesterday, took first place in the 400 IM on Saturday with his time of 3:46.16. Making his win more impressive is the fact that he already had the fastest prelim time and still improved upon that by almost five full seconds. Teammate Andrew Lindstrom (3:51.74) came in second, and he also bested his prelim time. Including those two, Ohio State had five finishers in the Top 15 thanks to three swimmers competing in the B final. Andrew Loy (12th, 3:54.04), Brandon Fronczak (13th, 3:54.11), and Matt Moen (15th, 3:57.02). All three bettered upon their prelim times by at least two seconds.
Following that up was the 100 butterfly, where McHugh (46.78) and Michael Salazar (47.02) took the top two spots for the Buckeyes. Two other OSU swimmers competed in the A finals in that event: Henrique Painhas (48.70) and Noah Lense (50.12) earned Top 10 points for Ohio State.
Prior to his aforementioned relay performance, Fleagle won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.91, one of five Buckeyes to place in the Top 10. Seal finished right behind Fleagle (1:36.72) while Appleby (1:37.87), Joey Long (1:37.95), and Ryan Vander Meulen (1:38.23) all swam in the A finals as well.
Colin Zeng added a first place finish on 3-meter for Ohio State. His score of 403.45 was the only mark over 400 from any diver, prelims or finals, today. Teammates Clay White, Quinlan DeVal, and Stephen Romanik all advanced to the finals as well, finishing in that order. All four advancing Ohio State divers finished in the Top 10.
The top Ohio State finishers in the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke were Jack Barone (54.41) and McHugh (46.83), respectively. Both Buckeye swimmers placed second in those races.
In addition to the 800 freestyle relay, Ohio State actually won the meet-opening 200 medley relay too. McHugh, Barone, Michael Salazar, and Fleagle outpaced the field with their time of 1:26.62.
Sunday, the final day of the invitational, will begin with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals a 3 p.m. For all the information you need regarding this weekend, please visit our OSU Invite homepage.
Team scores after day two:
1. Ohio State 834
2. Utah 489
3. Kentucky 396.5
4. Penn State 371
5. Iowa 283.5
6. Pittsburgh 244
7. Stanford 79
8. Kenyon 69